Ok, I'm very confused, hoping someone can shed some light on this for me... From everything I see, XP views the SATA drive as a 233gb drive, but even though I have more then 120gbs available, it will NOT show more. I went into the MaxBlast software that came with the HDD and it had a setup drive option.
After installing the software it said my XP copy would not be able to recognize anything over 137gbs, and installed something and rebooted. Nothing changed.
Then, I went to 'setup harddisk option' and it said that the only HDD in my system contains XP, and that I need to boot into DOS to setup the hard disk. When I boot into DOS and select setup disk, it says it basically is going to reformat AGAIN.
I'll paste the information below from the readme file for Maxblast install software. I tell you, I really do NOT want to have to start this all over again. lol But if that's what I have to do, I'll do it. Also, I do have SP1 installed on my system, but it was downlaoded and added after my XP install. I just have the SATA drive connected to the MOBO, no PCI card. Again, any help or understanding of what's going on is appreciated. Just glad I noticed before I started loading my drive up with stuff.
137GB Capacity Barrier
In order to properly access the full capacity of a hard drive larger than 137GB, your system must meet the system requirements described below. Formatting a drive past the 137GB barrier on a system that does not meet these requirements will result in data loss.
Note: If your Maxtor hard drive came bundled with a Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card, you can safely install and use your drive with the PCI card on Windows 98SE, Me, NT 4.0 SP4, 2000, and XP.
1) Operating System Solutions
The only current Windows operating systems that natively support the full capacity of drives larger than 137GB are:
Windows XP Home Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows XP Professional SP1
Windows 2000 Professional SP3
Windows 2000 Server SP3
The latest Service Pack from Microsoft must be installed to ensure support for large drives. To download the latest Service Pack for Windows XP or 2000, visit http://www.microsoft.com.
Once you have installed the latest Service Pack, you must install and run the Windows version of MaxBlast from the MaxBlast CD to properly format and partition the full capacity of the drive.
If you do not have one of the operating systems listed above, Maxtor recommends that you upgrade your operating system or try one of the solutions listed below.
2) Chipset Solutions for Windows 98SE, Me, NT4.x, 2000 and XP
Intel 8xx Series Chipsets
Intel offers drivers to support the full capacity of drives larger than 137 GB on motherboards equipped with the Intel 810, 810E, 810E2, 815, 815, 815E, 815EP, 815P, 820, 820E, 830M, 830MP, 830MG, 840, 845, 850, or 860 chipset. The Intel Application Accelerator is compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, NT, 2000, and XP operating systems. The latest version of the driver can be downloaded from www.intel.com/support/chipsets/iaa/.
If you are not sure what kind of chipset your motherboard has, contact your system or motherboard manufacturer.
If you are building a new system, you can use a bootable MaxBlast CD or diskette to partition and format large drives to their full capacity. Choose the Set Up Your Hard Disk button from the Main Menu, then select the Advanced Installation option during the install. After the drive has been partitioned and formatted, you can install Windows onto your system. Once Windows has been successfully installed, you should immediately download and install the Intel Application Accelerator before putting your system into regular use.
1. Some motherboards and PCI ATA cards equipped with VIA, SiS, ALi, NVIDIA, HighPoint, and Promise chipsets may have drivers or updates that will allow you to access the full capacity of a drive larger than 137GB, so contact your chipset, system, or motherboard manufacturer to see if they have drivers available for your operating system. If not, Maxtor recommends that you purchase a Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card, available from most retail and online computer stores.
3) Ultra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card
If you have an Ultra ATA/133 PCI adapter card with an open channel, your high-capacity Maxtor drive will be fully supported in Windows while the drive is attached to such controller. Maxtor recommends using the Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card, which is fully compatible with all capacities of Maxtor ATA hard drives. Some system BIOSes do not support booting to drives attached to alternate adapters, so you may only be able to use the drive as additional storage and not as the boot drive. For more information on the Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 PCI Adapter Card, visit http://www.maxtor.com.