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Problems Installing Win2k And Formatting Sata Hdd

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#1 PFunk12


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Posted 29 June 2007 - 03:03 PM

I've decided to format my Dell Dimension 8400 with a 160GB SATA HDD. I first tried to reinstall XP after changing the SATA Operation setting in the BIOS from RAID Autodetect / AHCI, the factory default setting, to RAID Autodetect / ATA like the Dell website said.

XP setup recognized my HDD and install ran fine until damage to my XP CD kept setup from finding a file.

I had win2k SP4 so I went with that instead. When setup tried to format my HDD I noticed it was only reading 130 of the 160GBs. This is after I removed all the partitions I'd had on there previously. Setup is running as I type this but where are the missing 30GBs?

Do I need to find the sata drivers and do the F6 trick before reinstalling? Would a MoBo and BIOS update help?

Sorry if I've posted in the wrong section but this seems like both a hardware and software problem but I'll leae that up to you guys and the moderators, lol.

Thanks for any help iin advance.

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#2 Joshuacat


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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:53 AM

This is an issue with large disks and older Operating Systems...

More on the issue....
48-Bit LBA Support for ATAPI Disk Drives in Windows 2000

FAQ on the issue...
Frequently Asked Questions about 48-bit LBA

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