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Tim - Aug 11, 2006, 03:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a western digital 200 gig sata harddrive. When I format my hd it only shows 127gigs and I have reformated a couple times before. Thing is I can format the other 58gigs in disk managment in another partition. I thought it could be something with my MB but I just bought another HD that is the same, plugged it in and I can get the whole harddrive to format.


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Reason   Aug 11, 2006, 04:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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You need to install SP1 and/or SP2 to get 48-bit LBA enabled.

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Tim - Aug 11, 2006, 09:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I do have SP2 installed.

Mat Nairb Aug 11, 2006, 10:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tim - Aug 13, 2006, 01:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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But what about when I reformat will I be able to do it all on one partition?

Mat Nairb Aug 14, 2006, 08:18am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No, if you reformat you will lose the registry setting and therefore lose the ability to see the full drive. Three options you have are:

1. Install XP onto another hard drive, put in registry setting and ghost it over to the 200GB drive making sure you specify the max size of the drive. This is what I do at work. However, you probably don't have the ghost program.

2. Install XP, put in registry key and use partition program to expand drive.

3. Slipstream SP2. http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp
I have a 200 GB on my home computer and installed XP using a slipstream version of XP.


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