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IDE 137g limits and SATA adapters

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August 3, 2003 8:57:13 PM

if i had a regular IDE drive that was above 137gigs (a 200g one that i would use a seperate IDE controller card for to make it work), if i got a Serial ATA adapter for it and connected it to the built in Serial ATA connection on my MOBO, would i be able to use the full capacity of the drive and get rid of that seperate IDE controller card?

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August 3, 2003 9:06:11 PM

You should be able to utilize the full capacity of the drive without going to all these convolutions.
You may however need more than one partiton.

Give some details as to:

a) Motherboard
b) Bios Revision
c) Harddrive and vendor
d) Operating system

Many HDD mfgs provide software to get around limitations, example: <A HREF="http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/big_drive_en..." target="_new">http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/big_drive_en...;/A>

N.B. there are many posts in this section dealing with your kind of problem.

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August 3, 2003 9:44:56 PM

the OS is windows XP. the plan is to get an SATA to ultra ATA converter board/adapter and hook up a western digital WD2000JB (200gig drive, and this drive would NOT be the drive that would have the OS installed on it, it's strictly just file storage) to the SATA plugs on a MSI 865PE Neo 2 and NOT have to worry about partitioning, limits, etc. i was just wondering if it would be that easy...

btw, thank you for your help!
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August 3, 2003 9:55:57 PM

You're quite welcome.

I'll let someone more technically knowledgeable try to answer your question.

Nonetheless, should you find the information useful here are the Western Digital pages for problems over 137 GB.
<A HREF="http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools" target="_new">http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools&lt;/A>
<A HREF="http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std..." target="_new">http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std...;/A>

Good Luck :smile:

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August 4, 2003 4:22:51 AM

Your board has no 137GB limit. It doesn't matter whether you use an IDE conection or an SATA connection, because it still has no 137GB limit.

XP has a 137GB limit per partition. This has nothing to do with SATA, IDE, ATAPI, SCSI, FC...it's XP. I think Partition Magic can expand NTFS partitions to larger sizes, that might fix your dillema.

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August 4, 2003 5:56:46 AM

Download Service Pack 1 and use Partition Magic.
August 4, 2003 5:58:15 AM

There's your answer, be sure to thank KrazeIke for it.

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August 4, 2003 8:06:10 AM

yeah, i wasn't really sure if it was a hardware limitation or an XP limitation or both. looks like i'll have to look into partition magic. thank you so much for your help!
August 6, 2003 6:01:18 PM

It is a Windows limitation. It will only recognize over 137GB after SP1 (which is gay if you ask me). You will have 2 partitions unless the XP disk is SP1. You will have to go into file manager and set up the 2nd partition too. But it just takes a second.
August 6, 2003 6:02:12 PM

Also you have to install SP1 from windows update before the additional space will be recognized.