Hard drive formating

  Martin12 22:52 27 Feb 2010

I am running XP Pro SP 3 and I am about to upgrade to a new drive. However, when I try to format the drive it will only go to 128 GB even though its a 500GB drive.

Am I missing something?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:02 27 Feb 2010

Sounds similar to a fault pre sp1 rather than sp3

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.

see if it will then format OK

  Martin12 09:43 28 Feb 2010

Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunatly it did not work.

I have tried quick format and I will be trying a full one as I type now.

Any other ideas??

  DieSse 17:06 28 Feb 2010

You may have a drive controller and/or BIOS with a 128GB limit.

Read here about it

click here

You might need to update the BIOS (or there may not even be an update to solve it). Or you might be able to buy an add-in disk controller card, with it's own BIOS that doesn't have that isuue.

Depends on exactly why you are getting the issue.

  lotvic 17:59 28 Feb 2010

How are you formatting the drive?

Is it from within XP on your existing drive? (new one attached as extra drive)
If so are you doing it through My Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management?

Or are you booting from the XP CD/DVD (new installation with only the new drive in the computer) and formatting as part of the new install of XP?
If so is the XP cd/dvd SP3?

  woodchip 18:47 28 Feb 2010

If you load windows to that partition you will be able to sort the rest of the drive after

  Strawballs 20:37 28 Feb 2010

Make sure you set the jumpers correctly I have just installed a 500gig IDE drive in daughters machine and the jumpers could be set to make it apear smaller.

It also took about an hour and a half to do a full format

  T0SH 20:58 28 Feb 2010

Check with drive makers web site they will most probably have a drive preparation utility that should be able to format the drive to its full size

cheers HC

  Martin12 19:03 01 Mar 2010

I have followed Fruit Bat's advice and I have now done via My Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management.


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