I have the Maxtor 5400 rpm ATA133 160GB hard drive but I can't even format it under Windows 2000 Professional. It keeps giving me an error message saying something like "Volume too big" and it says it even if I want to make two 80GB partitions using the Administrative Tools with Windows.. as well my BIOS only recognizes the drive to be somewhere around 138GB. I'm going to try and flash the BIOS to update that, but will that fix my Windows error as well? Does Windows 2000 only support a volume up to a certain size per partition, and if so, what size do I need to meet? Thanks for any replies in advance!
I'm pretty sure flashing your bios will fix your problem. I believe the limit of the ATA standard is what 128GB? Which is what your experiencing, but i'm pretty sure they have a fix for that out now if you have an updated BIOS.
I'm with Zlash on this one. I've been running XP since it has came out. I have done it myself. You upgraded from Windows 98 so how would you know if there was a limitation if you have never tried formatting a partition larger then 32GB WITHIN Windows XP? You can do it with a 98 startup disk and then boot into XP, but you CAN NOT create the partition from disk management in Windows XP or Windows 2000 and expect to format it in FAT32 and have it work.
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i got the same drive in my Xp box. when you bought the drive i guess you got a fastek card to it, you have to use that one otherwise your drive can only be 120 i think. anyway when you install the fasttek card you also fix your bios so you can use the whole drive, but the drive is only 152gb, after format on my computer. For you use the maxtor install cd and then everything will work just fine