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137GB limit w/ XP sp2?

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October 29, 2004 5:38:19 PM

Hey all,
I'm considering the purchase of a WD 200GB 8MB from ZipZoomFly and because this is my first monster HD, do I have to do anything within the OS (WindowsXP Pro SP2) to make sure the new drive doesn't have the 137GB limit? Someone said that I need to make sure that I have "EnableLBA" activated or something. Is that already enabled in SP2? How would I check?

Thanks,
Mike

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October 30, 2004 1:18:32 AM

XP with SP2 integrated shouldn't have any problems seeing the drive at full capacity, which will probably be around 186GB because of the way they do the math wrong.

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November 1, 2004 6:37:11 PM

From whatis.techtarget.com

Windows XP\Windows 2000: Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or better or XP with Service Pack 1 or You must enable the support in the Windows registry.
48bit LBA support for ATAPI in W2K
Enable 48bit LBA for ATAPI in XP
and
48bit LBA (Large Block Addressing) mobo BIOS support (check for updates) or Chipset Driver patch in some cases see Intel Driver updates below
OR
a 48bit LBA capable controller card

Win98/ME: At this time Windows 98 does not natively support 137GB drives. a controller card that supports 48bit LBA is your only solution

Win95: Windows 95 does not properly support drives larger than 32GB without a high probability for data corruption.



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December 9, 2004 4:00:56 PM

Yeah u shouldnt have any problems, if you do though there are plenty of forums/help guides/fixes which should be able to fix it...and a 200Gb drive comes out to about 189Gb once its formatted.
December 9, 2004 8:52:11 PM

I just installed the WD 200gb in my WinXP SP2. I had to use the included software to get the registry changes necessary for the OS to recognize the drive. The drive initially showed up in Device Manager BUT NOT in the My Computer part of WinXP SP2. YOU MUST use the software to get it to work.

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December 10, 2004 12:52:38 AM

No, I've NEVER had to use the software to get any drive to work. I used Disk Management in Windows to get the drive to work.

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