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Old 05-18-2004, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a 250 GB Western Digital over the weekend but can't get it past the 137.4 GB 24-bit addressing limit.

a) Motherboard is Abit KT7ARaid running Bios A9 (48-bit addressing is covered in this Bios)
b) Windows XP, Service Pack 1 has been installed
c) Atapi.sys has been upgraded to the latest version (5.1.2600.1135)
d) Updated registry w/ a D-word value of 1 with a new registry entry of "EnableBigLba"

Checked my Bios Highpoint controller and it shows the HD as a Western Digital 250GB so that confirms (to me) that the bios is fine.

Ran a Samsung Program that is supposed to add the registry value to turn on EnableBigLba. It didn't do anything sending back the error, "48-bit addressing is already active". So that confirms (to me again) that I set the registry correctly.

I've also just updated my Via4in1 drivers, now I'm stuck and can't find anything else to try...any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-18-2004, 02:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So if your bios shows that it's a 250 GB HDD, are you saying that WinXP reports it as a 137 GB drive? Log in as the admin and use the disk management utility to see what capacity it reports as.
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Yeah, WinXP's disk management utility shows it as 137GB. I'm logged in as admin.
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Maybe try updating to SP 2 or, you could install any updates from M$ website that relates to your situation.
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yeah, thats what it is. xp has a drive limit, have to update to at least sp1.
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Figured it out today. There is a website, its down now but I believe the address is http://www.48bitlba.com/ . It explains how my Highpoint controller (2.32) is the last official release but then they had an unofficial release of 2.34.

So although Abit said my board was fine w/ 48-bit adressing, it wasn't.

Thanks for reading in and your suggestions.
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Figured it out today. There is a website, its down now but I believe the address is http://www.48bitlba.com/ . It explains how my Highpoint controller (2.32) is the last official release but then they had an unofficial release of 2.34.

So although Abit said my board was fine w/ 48-bit adressing, it wasn't.

Thanks for reading in and your suggestions.
Good find Flowzarus, thanks for the link, its good to keep in mind.
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