Originally posted by beedubaya
Actually, this is not true. The largest hard drive a Windows XP without SP1 installation can recognize is 137GB, no matter how you partition it. Believe me, I've experimented with that.
Horsesh*t. It has nothing to do with windows, the service pack, or bill gates.
I've been using an internal 200 GB IDE hard drive with no problems. (W2K - OS).
The 137 GB limitation is not a windows error or issue. It's a BIOS issue. Some older MB have an older chipset & BIOS that limits the maximum size HDD you can use. In my Dell system, my BIOS had the same problem when installing my 200 gigger... The only solution in that case is to use a PCI IDE controller card.
Partitioning that hard drive as 137 GB and 23 GB will NOT work. The BIOS needs to see the actual number of heads/cyclinder/sectors when determining full capacity of the HDD.