This one is beginning to stump me. I have a 500GB Segate hard drive. It was giving me a boot loop restarting just as you would start to see the XP logo. While eliminating hardware problems, I reset the BIOS to fail safe defaults. This caused my system to hang right after the pci device listing. I then began to scan the drive and found multiple bad sectors. I repaired them and still no luck. I put the drive in my desktop computer and recovered all files from the drive and then created (sucessfully) an image of the drive. Then I tried to format the drive to reinstall windows XP and it is only reading 132 GB instead of the 500 it should be. All partition programs I use from the Ultimate Boot CD and RIP linux show an NTFS partition 465.76 GB in size however windows XP cd is only seeing 132. Why???
I still think the drive might be going bad and plan to replace it but why is all non-windows based programs reading one thing and windows is reading another?
The original version of XP did not support drives larger than 137GB. You need to find an install disk for XP with Service Pack 1 or later or create your own as suggested by ElenaP.
Interesting. I did not know this. I have set up the original XP in Raid 0 with 2 160GB drives no problem. I will try vista or 7 when I get home. I was just going with XP because that is what was on there. Still, I think the drive might be shot.