Win XP gurus please help! Hard drives empty?

April 29, 2009 at 19:46:29
Specs: Windows XP
Here is the scenario.

Currently I work on windows xp with a couple hard drives. One 250GB, one 500GB.

I got a new hard drive today to install a fresh copy of windows on.

During setup I noticed that my old drives are showing up as 127GB and 145GB. I thought it was odd, but went ahead and partitioned and formatted the new drive. I stepped away for a minute while the format took place, and when I came back, setup had already started. Again, that was odd because normally it will ask which partition I wanted to install windows to.

Now that I'm into windows my old drives are showing up as 127 and 145GB with NOTHING ON THEM.

For some reason windows wants to error check these old drives and it starts moving files as if they exist, but aren't visible.

Any ideas on what I should do next? Should I let the error check do it's thing and cross my fingers?

I've got my stuff backed up, so I'm not too worried, but I wanted those drives to be around still!

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April 29, 2009 at 19:57:39
1st of all, you should always play it safe & disconnect storage HDD's when reinstalling the OS.

2nd, your motherboard needs to support 48-bit LBA & you need to have at least SP1 installed to support HDD capacities over 137GB. My guess is your board supports 48-bit but does your XP CD include at least SP1? or is it the original XP release with no service packs?

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