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Old 06-10-2005, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I have been searching the archives and as a result, ran Maxtor PowerMax (low level format), then installed XP. Worked great, except that my 160gb HD was partitioned as a 130gb drive. Ok cool, thought I would go into XP's drive manager, see the unformatted 30gb and make it into a logical drive.

Well, to make things short, it's simply not there. Windows only recognizes the 130gb partition.

So, do I have to run a win98 boot disk, Fdisk, then install XP


or


Run Delpart and maybe even delete the MBR and then continue forward?


Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 06-10-2005, 02:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a similar question awhie ago that went unanswered.

I believe windows' SP2 will bring in LBA and thus let your OS see the entire 160 gb. I could be wrong, though.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A 160gb drive should show up as 152gb give or take a gb. This is because manufacturers use 1gb = 1000mb, 1mb = 1000kbytes, 1kbyte =1000bytes, etc.. But even so you're still missing 22gb..

What mode is the harddrive setup as in the bios?
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I gotta check the bios. But my version of XP (non SP1 or SP2) cannot see the entire 160gb I think.

So, do I delpart it and reformat it in another XP machine (SP1 and higher), reinsert the HD back in the original box, and then load my original XP?
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why dont you upgrade to SP2?

It's free, and even if you have an illegal copy you can do it
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well my CD is an original XP Pro. Are you saying that presently at 130gb if I upgrade to SP2 it will magically see the drive as 160gb?

I think I need to reformat it.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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LBA - Logical Block Addressing (i think)

sp2 allows it.
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Can you please tell me more about LBA?
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Old 06-10-2005, 05:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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search on the web for LBA, I am sure you will find a lot of articles about it.

like above mentioned, get SP2 and your problem will be solved.
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Old 06-10-2005, 09:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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so just upgrade it to SP2 w/o going through all the formatting bs again and I should be ok?
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