Large hard drive not reported correctly.

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Dead Wrong, Jun 19, 2005.

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    Dead Wrong Guest

    I was aware that Windows used to have limitations on the size of Hard Disk
    Drives for file sizes etc. but I had thought that these had now been fixed
    with XP & XP PRO. The reason that I ask is because I installed a new 250GB
    into a friends machine about a month ago & this went without incident.
    Yesterday I just put into an external caddie a USB2 drive of 300GB into my
    machine. XP Pro recognizes the drive & it will work but my computer
    displays the size as only 127GB which is less than half 's true size.

    Are there any other known size limitations & if so how does get around them?
     
    Dead Wrong, Jun 19, 2005
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    nap Guest

    How old is his motherboard?

    Is there a later BIOS for it ? If so flash it.

    Otherwise you'll probably need a PCI controller card for the drive.
     
    nap, Jun 19, 2005
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  3. Updated your BIOS?

    -martin-
     
    Martin Heffels, Jun 19, 2005
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    Dead Wrong Guest

    The Intel motherboard is just over 2 years old. I might ad that I already
    have a 250GB hard drive as my 'C' drive. The 300GB was just extra storage.
     
    Dead Wrong, Jun 19, 2005
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    nap Guest

    Aer you seeing this size after using disk manager to prep the disk?
     
    nap, Jun 19, 2005
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    Dead Wrong Guest

    The drive was made active then formatted in Partition Magic 8
     
    Dead Wrong, Jun 19, 2005
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    NerdRevenge Guest

    That could be the problem right there.
    I never trusted that software again since with wiped out 2 years of
    collection of data on a HD
     
    NerdRevenge, Jun 19, 2005
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    Mike Fields Guest

    I think the issue is not Xp,but the caddy you put it in. There is a chipset
    in
    there that converts the IDE to USB. Many of those caddy's have 127 gig
    limits. I have not seen it advertised so much as I have seen the newer
    ones (some of them anyway) list the fact that they break the 127 gig
    barrier.

    mikey
     
    Mike Fields, Jun 19, 2005
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    nap Guest

    Why not just use disk administrator? Never needed anything else
     
    nap, Jun 19, 2005
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    Dead Wrong Guest

    You were correct. The problem seems to be the caddie. I swapped the hard
    drive that was in the USB2 caddie with another smaller drive that was in the
    PC already. Both My Computer & Partition Magic 8 showed the drives correct
    size. PM8 showed the correct size but had the word bad displayed against
    the drive but without any explanation. I then used Windows Disk management
    to format the drive & it was reported as active & healthy. Just to see that
    things wer 100% OK I when went to get confirmation from PM8 & was amazed to
    see that the drive was still being reported as bad. So at the moment I'm
    not 100% ceratin that I don't have a problem. I would hate to load the
    drive up with lots of data only to find that I still Have a problem. Any
    ideas?

    Thanks in adavance
     
    Dead Wrong, Jun 20, 2005
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    JT Guest

    You need XP SP1 to recognize drives > 137 GB

     
    JT, Jun 21, 2005
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    Dead Wrong Guest

    I have SP2 installed

    The problem seems to be the caddie. I swapped the hard
    drive that was in the USB2 caddie with another smaller drive that was in the
    PC already. Both My Computer & Partition Magic 8 showed the drives correct
    size. PM8 showed the correct size but had the word bad displayed against
    the drive but without any explanation. I then used Windows Disk management
    to format the drive & it was reported as active & healthy. Just to see that
    things wer 100% OK I when went to get confirmation from PM8 & was amazed to
    see that the drive was still being reported as bad. So at the moment I'm
    not 100% ceratin that I don't have a problem. I would hate to load the
    drive up with lots of data only to find that I still Have a problem. Any
    ideas?

    Thanks in adavance
     
    Dead Wrong, Jun 21, 2005
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