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Xp Hdd Capacity Limit Question


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#1 dc3

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 11:41 PM

I'm going to install Windows XP Pro, and I was told that until I installed SPC2 XP would only recognize 137GB of my 200GB hdd, is this true?

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 02:00 AM

usasma posted this link elsewhere so it should be authoritative:

48bitLBA

Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 2000 SP3 add support for 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA), which lets you access hard disks larger than 137GB.



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Posted 31 January 2006 - 02:21 AM

I might add SP2 is a significant change,
making winXP essentially a new OS compared to winXPSP1.

Few reasons exist not to fully upgrade your winXP with it, imho.
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Posted 31 January 2006 - 02:32 AM

Thanks Rimmer...I feel like a hypocrite, I shake my head when I think of the people who could answer their questions simply by googling it, I just realized that I also could have found that link if I had used the search feature available here. :thumbsup:

Oh well, the good news then is that I can just wipe the hdd and install the XP without having to bother with multiple partitions. :flowers: Unless there are any real advantages in having more than one partition. :trumpet:

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 02:37 AM

One advantage is in defragging. Smaller partitions clean up faster.
Another is in keeping the OS system files separate from all others.
You can freshly install it without touching your non-system drive partition.
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Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:26 AM

Installing the op system on its own partition with other programs on a second and all data on a third may save you hours if you ever have to reinstall the op system.

If you have a slave drive (not a logical partition), placing your paging file there instead of on the drive the op system is installed on may give a slight increase in speed.

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 04:22 AM

Thanks guys...I guess that I should stick with two partitions then.

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