XP not finding all of my new HD

  lhman 19:01 18 Aug 2008

I have just installed a Western digital 250GB SATAII
Hard drive, when installing Windows XP Pro at the start it says I only have 131GB not 250. My Mother board is a GIGAbyte GA-M57SLI-S4 which is 6 months old and the processor is an AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core 4200. Memory is 2GB.Can any body help on this as I need the disc space.

  Technotiger 19:06 18 Aug 2008

You need to have SP2 installed in order for XP to recognise the 250Gb.

  lhman 19:18 18 Aug 2008

Thanks techno Tiger , forgot to mention SP2 is installed

  Bris 20:46 18 Aug 2008

Having loaded XP go into control panel and then device manager then disk manager and you should see the full 250gb.

  MAT ALAN 20:54 18 Aug 2008

click here

may help...

  woodchip 23:22 18 Aug 2008

Check the Edge of the Drive for a Size limit jumper, there may be a diagram on top of the drive for the jumper

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:29 19 Aug 2008

Something else to try:

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.

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