April 16th, 2005, 21:24 PM
Maxtor 200 Gig reading as 131?????
Trying to install a Maxtor 200 Gig ATA HD in a machine and it will not read correctly. Reads 131 gig. Do I need the tools? Not familiar with Maxtor tools, more familiar with WD tools. Downloaded something called Powermax, didn't do anything....can someone tell me what I need to do here?
System has XP updated with SP2....P4.
April 16th, 2005, 21:49 PM
Are you running the latest BIOS for the motherboard ?
What board is it?
April 16th, 2005, 22:02 PM
Board is an Intel P4 865
BIOS Ver. BF86510A.86A.0060.P16
Do you think a flash will solve this?
April 16th, 2005, 22:10 PM
Try this updated BIOS dated 3/17/2005
Read the instructions carefully on that page.
April 19th, 2005, 00:48 AM
Thanks a mil Rev......downloaded, I'll get back to ya!
April 19th, 2005, 01:00 AM
Didn't work.....we may have solved some other issues with that update but, the drive still reading at 127 gb, any ideas????
April 19th, 2005, 03:19 AM
HELP!!!!! I found the problem, tried the easiest fixes and they did not work. Says I have to do a bunch of registry editing as a last resort.
I'm afraid to do this and as we all know Microsoft doesn't post clear instructions on stuff. FDISK reads the D#$M drive correctly, Windows XP says it is 131 with some 66 unallocated. This is nuts!!! Maxtor says if all this doesn't work I have to buy a $50 controller card with certain drivers with it. I've posted both links to this info. Main Board Bios is updated (Thanks Rev! )
Microsoft LBA article
Can someone clear up this fog??? This is a customer's machine.....must I dip and spend $50 more for a card???? Do I attempt to dig into folders in the registry and do this editing I KNOW I will totally screw up?
Yep SP2 is installed.
Thanks to you seasoned geniuses in advance!
April 19th, 2005, 12:18 PM
April 19th, 2005, 12:22 PM
Give your hubby a pat on the backside Love it when solutions are homegrown. Cheers to your significant other.
April 22nd, 2005, 00:34 AM
Glad to hear you got it sorted out Sharon, a little sorry we could get the info to you quick enough... I think your Hubby has a hidden talent (watch out PC repairers )
Also, I think Large Harddisks will only become more of a problem as people upgrade. 127Gb is the limit for older motherboard/bios/windows etc (due to addressing limitations) and trial and error testing is required to fix the issue...
Check BIOS, flash and enable LBA, ensure HD is recognised at full capacity
Motherboard, should support SATA or ATA100 to ATA133
Check FDISK reports full capacity
if XP, use SP2, they updated some registry settings and explorer so Storage manager and my computer return correct results.
Check HD manufacturer for updated tools and information.
The list could be exhaustive, however, should give good starting point for users.
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