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#1 CriticalityEvent

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:59 AM

I'm going nuts trying to figure out what's up with my system. I've been reading nonstop about a 137GB limit, so I don't know if my 115GB limit is even related.

I recently upgraded my hard drive from a PATA to a SATA (1TB Seagate). After running all the Windows XP (Pro) updates, I am now up to SP3. Some of the 137GB articles said that the problem can be overcome by installing SP2, but that didn't solve the issue for me. Other sites suggested updating my mother board's BIOS, no luck there. I have the old 3.5" floppy that came with my motherboard with the Intel Application Accelerator 3.0 RAID driver, but the floppy won't install (kept getting an error with the F6 method) so I tried the file that's being distributed on Intel's website. Whenever I try to run it, it says "Incompatible hardware. This software is not supported on this chipset. Please select 'YES' to view the Readme File for a list of supported products. Refer to section 2 titled 'System Requirements'."

I think that last part is where I'm getting tripped up. There's a Pentium 4 processor requirement (which I have), then a controller requirement: one of Intel® 82801AA, 82801AB, 82801BA or 82801DB. When I look under the Device Manager, I open up the "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" tree and see "Intel 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers." Do I need to find a RAID driver for that controller? I can't seem to dig one up if that's the case. Will my motherboard even support this hard drive?

Summary of hardware:
ST31000340AS - 1TB Seagate HDD
D875PBZ - Intel Motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 2.40GHZ
1.50GB DDR-400 RAM

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:03 AM

That's a sata 2 drive, some chipsets require you to change a jumper forcing sata 1 mode

Does device manager see it?

What about disk management?
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:59 AM

SP1 included a 48-bit LBA which took care of the 137GB limitation, it you installed a hdd over this size without SP1 or greater you will only be able to see the 137GB.

That motherboard does support SATA, but you need to install the SATA drivers for that board.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:59 AM

Link for your mobo: http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/bz/
Here's a link for the drivers for that mobo: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Filter_Res...4&submit=Go!
You may have to install #5 in addition to #4 in order to get it to work (#5 isn't required if you have SP2 installed).

Interestingly, the data sheet (here: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/5831/eng/IAA_Readme.pdf ) states that it should be an 82801ER controller (rather than the 82801EB that you mentioned in your post. This could be due (speculation on my part) to a corrupt/absent INF installation on your system. So, I'd suggest installing #2 first (from the downloads page above).
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:12 AM

Does your hard drive have this jumper?
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:24 PM

That's a sata 2 drive, some chipsets require you to change a jumper forcing sata 1 mode

Does device manager see it?

What about disk management?


Thanks! I never thought to check Disk Management (by that you meant Run->compmgmt.msc, right?). It actually DOES show 931.51GB with 803.52GB "unallocated." I also tried the jumper, but it was already on SATA 1 mode. For the heck of it, I tried SATA 2 mode, but no luck.


Interestingly, the data sheet (here: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/5831/eng/IAA_Readme.pdf ) states that it should be an 82801ER controller (rather than the 82801EB that you mentioned in your post. This could be due (speculation on my part) to a corrupt/absent INF installation on your system. So, I'd suggest installing #2 first (from the downloads page above).


I tried installing the new INF files, but again, no luck. Thanks for the advice though.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:46 PM

It actually DOES show 931.51GB with 803.52GB "unallocated."



So allocate it
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:17 PM

So allocate it



The thing is, I want to all be one large partition. How can I merge all of it into one single 1TB partition? I tried deleting the 12.79GB partition, but got a Logical Disk Manager error.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:26 PM

It would have been best if you had slipstreamed sp3 into your cab files from the sp1 disk and made a new cd

However we have a brand new tutorial

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/resizing-adding-partitions-with-gparted-live/
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:56 AM

So allocate it



The thing is, I want to all be one large partition. How can I merge all of it into one single 1TB partition? I tried deleting the 12.79GB partition, but got a Logical Disk Manager error.


I would actually partition it, keep your OS on a smaller partition, and all your files on 1, 2, or 3 larger partitions, that way if you get a virus or something along those lines you still have a chance of saving your files.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:56 AM

It would have been best if you had slipstreamed sp3 into your cab files from the sp1 disk and made a new cd

However we have a brand new tutorial

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/resizing-adding-partitions-with-gparted-live/


That did it!!! Oh man, thank you so much.




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