AVI incompatible with LARGE drives?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Max Krippler, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Max Krippler

    Max Krippler Guest

    Here's a wierd one,

    I'm trying to migrate all of my project files from a WD 100gb drive to
    a WD 250gb drive. All of the mp3 files and the mov files play fine
    after the copy, but any of the DV (avi) files refuse to play in
    Windows Media Player. All I get is a bunch of crazy, pixellated
    psychadelic dancing squares accompanied by noises that sound like
    somebody spinning a radio dial through all the channels rapidly. It
    is really weird.

    And it gets weirder: I can then copy those fractured files to another
    drive on the system (provided it is one of the older and smaller
    drives) and it will play fine! It seems like Mediaplayer has some
    problem with these larger drives.

    Anybody else having this kind of trouble?

    (WinXP SP1, P4 2.8g, 1gig ram)
    Max Krippler, Sep 23, 2004
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    Will Dormann Guest

    Have you taken the necessary steps to ensure that 48-bit lba is enabled
    for both your BIOS *and* your OS?

    Will Dormann, Sep 23, 2004
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  3. Max Krippler

    Max Krippler Guest

    This sounds like it could be the answer. I'll give it a try.

    So, are AVI files somehow "wider" than other media files?
    Or is it just their size that exceeds some limitation (Most of my
    files are in the 500mb range).?
    Max Krippler, Sep 23, 2004
  4. Max Krippler

    TJM Guest

    Did you format the 250GB as NTFS?

    Dont format as FAT32 with that big a drive.....
    TJM, Sep 23, 2004
  5. Max Krippler

    Max Krippler Guest

    NTFS, Yes.

    I just switched on the 48-bit LBA and all is working now !!!

    How is it possible that the system formatted and recognized the 250gb
    drive, that nothing crashed, that most files worked fine, but that the
    older LBA was in use?

    It seems very strange.
    Max Krippler, Sep 23, 2004
  6. Max Krippler

    Will Dormann Guest

    If you don't have your OS set up for 48-bit LBA, then the drive will
    probably *appear* to be working OK. But once you put enough data on it
    that it goes past the 138GB mark, say hello to data corruption.

    Fun, huh?

    Will Dormann, Sep 23, 2004
  7. NTFS, Yes.
    The WD 250 Gig drive I bought a week ago for a new computer came with
    a CD and instructions to run the software on the CD for installation

    I did run the CD, and the software informed me that my default install
    of WinXp Sp1a needed a registry change to fully support the drive

    John Thomas Smith
    John Thomas Smith, Sep 29, 2004
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