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127 GB capacity problem

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January 13, 2010 1:40:31 AM

I've spent the last few hours researching this. I've learned about the windows registry fixes and the importance of a Mobo bios that supports the large hard drives.

I just got a seagate barracuda 7200.12 1TB. Windows sees 127GB. The Bios screen sees a 1000GB capacity, so that's right, meaning the BIOS is fine.

on the other hands, all of the windows help files say that the problem was fixed in SP1 and that doing the registry fixes after that point isn't going to do anything because of this. They want to point the finger at the BIOS, but the BIOS is fine.

So now I'm irritated. Can't figure out what to fix to get the appropriate capacity on the hard drive.

I appreciate any help you can provide.

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January 13, 2010 2:23:47 AM

Slipstream the disk with SP2.

Standard XP can only see that much whereas it can see all of it with the SP.
January 13, 2010 1:05:53 PM

I'm actually on SP3...
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January 13, 2010 1:25:20 PM

When you say "Windows sees 127GB" do you mean that in Disk Management you see no unassigned space?
January 13, 2010 6:24:52 PM

You used a pre-SP1 disk to install windows so the setup program could only see 137 GB of the drive, which it made a partition to match. You installed windows on the 137 GB partition so that is all windows sees at this point.
Go into disk management and partition and format the rest of the drive.
If you want the whole drive as one partition then you will need to slipstream SP2 into a new install disk as pat mcgroin said to do.
January 13, 2010 6:32:28 PM

sturm said:
If you want the whole drive as one partition then you will need to slipstream SP2 into a new install disk as pat mcgroin said to do.

Can't you just use a disk management utility - e.g. PartEd - to resize the partition? (As always, backup any important files before doing so.)
January 13, 2010 6:35:19 PM

You can just make sure you have backups of any data you have put on. I have not done this yet, although my system could use more space. Just not worth the risk to me.
January 13, 2010 6:36:26 PM

I've never lost a partition yet through resizing. (But I've found plenty of other ways to lose data!)
January 14, 2010 1:10:13 AM

Unbelievable. I can't believe I didn't just try it first thing. I just used partition master and created 4 new partitions to use the rest of the space.

Thanks guys.
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