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Posted 09 January 2006 - 06:32 AM
Microsoft increased the limit with SP1 for XP and SP3 for 2000.
137GB limit? Maybe that applies to IDE drives but it doesn't to SATA. My system has a single 200GB drive which XP Home SP2 was quite happy to turn into one 186GB NTFS partition.
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 02:54 PM
Use a third party partitioning software like Partition Magic or Digtal Dolly
Hmmm...youve given me a few things to try...but quick question. My copy of Windows XP Pro is pre SP1 & 2 so how can I partition the drive to its full potential?
When you start the installatiion XP will prompt you to install RAID controller software before proceeding. You may want to try that.
Also I have just received an email from Maxtor saying that I might want to try reinstalling the SATA controller drivers for my motherboard and see if that helps. As far as this goes, what is the best way of doing this? I am also unfamiliar with SATA drives, and have always just had IDE ones in the past. Do I have to install the drivers before installing Windows or can I just do it after? Also which driver should I use from the motherboard disk? There are options for Nvidia 4 chipset driver, create PATA RAID driver disc, create SATA RAID driver disc.
I am sure that won't happen.
I hope I am not getting too annoying yet ;)
Posted 09 January 2006 - 03:57 PM
I know very little about SATA drives, but windows has a 137gb limit. Most older computers need a hard drive utility just to see the 137gb. If you partition 130gb, and 70gb you should be able to see and use the hold drive. Also NTSF format allows more usable space than FAT32.
Posted 09 January 2006 - 07:05 PM
This is exactly what is happening to my computer! It restarts randomly, sometimes it freezes at the login page, files randomly becoming corrupt, when I reformated, files randomly are not able to boot up, and my profile's XP theme disappeared...
I installed all the components, switched it on, installed Windows, Anti-virus, etc etc...I did notice a strange problem that the computer would sometimes hang on the Windows XP loading screen for a couple minutes, then freeze, with that little blue bar running across the screen...sometimes for nearly 2 minutes then it would start up, and sometimes it would start right up with no hanging. I also started noticing that an icon in my system tray was showing my maxtor HD as a removable hardware.
Then one day as I was on a website, BOOM...freeze. I have to hard restart the system, but I start getting errors for executable programs saying the file is corrupt. Well, I decided to go back to scratch and start over...fresh install of Windows usually fixes all, but not this time.
Then I start getting errors when im installing Windows, certain files are not installing properly. So I try again, and again until it installs properly. I start the updating process again, getting Windows updates from the MS site. Then during one of the restarts, I get a BSOD...sigh. I get perpetual restarts and have to start over again.
Ive installed Windows once again, and the Windows XP theme for the display of windows and buttons is gone. All I have is Windows Classic theme. I have no idea what is going on. Ive tested the HD twice with maxtor's diagnosis program and it returns no errors, Ive tried testing the RAM as well with no errors reported, so my only option now is the mobo...right? Any ideas of what could cause so many of these different problems? Please help me...my patience with this computer is running thin.
Thank you so much in advance.
Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:25 AM
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