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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:21 PM

Hi,

I just reinstalled Windows XP in an effort to try to speed up my computer. I did a backup using Norton Ghost just before I did it and I've been restoring files from it.

I just got a message saying that my hard drive was full which was weird so I checked the disk under 'My Computer' and it said that my hard drive was 127GB, when it's actually 320GB.

I know when I was formatting the disk it didn't work right away. I did a full format and the computer restarted and went back to the initial screen that asked me what I wanted to do, rather than going ahead and installing Windows. When I went through the process again it said Windows was already on there, so I deleted the partition that it said was there and did another full format. This time I was able to install Windows.

Is there anything I can do to use my full hard drive or am I going to have to restore the old system using Norton Ghost?

Thank you,
Joe

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 05:41 AM

You can enable LBA (most hard drive manufacturer's have a utility to do this within Windows) or you can partition the drive into several partitions that are all less than 137 gB in size (like 3 partitions at 100 gB each)
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Posted 27 June 2007 - 01:16 PM

Hi usasma,

Thanks for the reply, but I don't think LBA is the problem. I've got Service Pack 2 installed and my Atapi.sys is up-to-date. Also, I really want everything in the same partition.

I think what I need to do is to flash my BIOS. My motherboard is a little old and I think I remember having to do that before a few years ago (although I have no idea how I did it).

Here's what I tried:

I flashed the BIOS of my ASUS P4P800S-E Deluxe motherboard with the most recenty Beta BIOS, P4P800S-E-ASUS-1007.006 using the Windows ASUSUpdate tool.

This appeared to work, but when I restarted I got the following error:

CMOS Checksum Bad
Press F1 to Run SETUP
Press F2 to load default values and continue

I pressed F2 and Windows loaded as normal, but the flash didn't work and my hard drive still only has a 127GB capacity.

Please can someone tell me how to overcome this and get the BIOS flash to work?

Thanks,
Joe




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