How to enable 160GB hard disk in windows 2000 & Linux Environment

By yoganand
Dec 30, 2004
  1. I purchased one hardware having 160GB capacity.
    I attached to my system and started installation for Windows 2000 server.
    But it is showing the hard disk size only 131GB.
    My question:
    How to enable total capacity of 160GB hard disk in Windows 2000 server and in Linux and in Solaris o/s

    Thanking to all
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    This is a hardware and OS limitation. Check for a BIOS update for your motherboard to enable 48-bit addressing or buy a separate ATA controller that can handle drives over 137GB.

    You can enable 48-bit LBA in Windows 2000 via registry if it is not turned on during the install by default. You need SP3 or above for this.

    Linux supports 48-bit addressing if you have kernel 2.4.18 or newer.
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