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Windows ATA>137GB limitation
Although the info is
provided by Seagate It is generic and applies to any HD brand.
In order to properly access the full capacity of an ATA interface hard drive larger than 137GB, your system must meet the system requirements described below.
There are three general methods of support:
1) Operating System Solutions for Windows XP and Windows 2000
2) Ultra ATA/133 PCI Controller Card for Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98SE and NT 4.x
3) Intel Chipset Solutions for Windows Me, 98SE and NT 4.x (partial)
Operating System Solutions for Windows XP and 2000
The only current Windows operating systems that natively support the full capacity of ATA drives larger than 137GB are:
Windows XP Home Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
Windows XP Professional SP1 or higher
Windows 2000 Professional SP3 or higher
Windows 2000 Server SP3 or higher
The original Windows XP (RTM or Release to Manufacturing) and previous Windows 2000 Service Packs do not support ATA interface disc drives larger than 137GB.
Note: When building a new system, some motherboards may provide new ATA or ATAPI disk device drivers that are optimized for the OEM system. The Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating system installation will pause briefly and ask for you to insert an OEM floppy diskette. This pause for new "adapter" drivers happens soon after the boot near the beginning of the installation. See your system documentation for specifics. These drivers
may have 137GB limitations. Be sure to check for driver updates.
Even with new device drivers, the latest Service Pack from Microsoft must be installed to ensure support for large drives. If this is the only drive in your system and your version of Windows predates the Service Packs listed above, initially, you may still need to limit the maximum partition size to 137GB. Then to download the latest Service Pack for Windows XP or 2000, visit Microsoft Help and Support
Originally Posted by hikaricloud
I thought it was a 127gb issue...either way, have you tried updating the BIOS? I haven't seen that problem like...almost ever. Also, I never heard of it affecting SATA drives...