buying large HDD & XP pre SP2

  sunny staines 16:01 16 Dec 2006

If I bought a large HDD I know the size viewd will be limited because my xp cd is pre sp2.

once sp2 update is installed does the whole drive then become visible?

[tried slipstreaming but only have an upgrade xp cd which does not seem to work]

  Jak_1 17:13 16 Dec 2006

How large a hdd are you thinking of, I am still on xp-home sp1 and my 250 GB and 300GB drives are completely visible.

  sunny staines 17:15 16 Dec 2006

my xp is pre sp1, abot 250gb.

  Kate B 17:18 16 Dec 2006

Why haven't you installed the updates? It's unpatched computers that contribute to the enormous spam problem - they're so easy to infect and turn into spambots. It's not only daft, it's selfish not to keep your Windows installation patched.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:24 16 Dec 2006

In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
# Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
# From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
# Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
# Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
# Close the registry editor.
# Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

  sunny staines 18:52 16 Dec 2006

kate b

got all the updates, the problem is buying a new HDD of 250gb a xp cd with no sp1 or sp2 will not see all the HDD. what i am asking is when i install all the updates will i then be able to see all the HDD.

Is you imput the registry fix to solve viewing the full hdd after the servicepack update to xp?

sorry if original post misleading.

  skidzy 18:59 16 Dec 2006

Sunny maybe im a little confused as is Kate b

Why do you not update to sp2,its only a matter of a download or if you have sp2 on disc is to slipstream this into xp.

  skidzy 19:01 16 Dec 2006

Slipstreaming sp2 into xp click here

  skidzy 19:04 16 Dec 2006

Sorry Sunny just read your post again Doh !

  sunny staines 19:16 16 Dec 2006

i had recenly ran a long thread on slipstreaming. i can install xp on a hdd then install sp2 on the hdd and it installs ok & integrates. But if i try and do the same to a folder following verious web sites the sp2 folder fails to integrate with the xp folder. exhausted the forums experts solutions.
click here
thats why i am a bit iffy about buying a large hdd.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:52 16 Dec 2006

The registry fix is for computers running XP sp1

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