Win XP Home Edition

By clp86rom
Oct 19, 2005
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  1. Can you guys please help me out really fast. I been trying to get this to work but it just does not want to work. Basically i want to install win xp pro on a 320 gb hard drive but when i boot up from the cd to install xp it only reads it as 131000 gb harddrive. and this goes with every hard drive that i try to use. i tried a 250 and a 320 gb harddrive. when i boot this hard drive as a slave on a different computer it sees it as 320 or 250 so i know they work and plus i just bought them brand new. why is it that when you try to install home edition it only sees it as 131000 gb?

    what is going on. :mad:

    cristian
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    what are the spec's of the computer yuo are trying to put these drives on? AND does this computer have the latest bios fromthe manufacturer?
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Some BIOS can only recognize 131GB at a time.
    Partition your hard drive in 131 or less partitions.
    load windows.
  4. clp86rom

    clp86rom Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    i have the D865PERL motherboard...
    http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/d865perl/

    idk what is going on. i tried everything. does not work.

    is it possible that this motherboard does not want to support more then 131 gb?

    what motherboard supports this with a mPGA478 socket?
  5. clp86rom

    clp86rom Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    anyone have any idea?
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    That's because 48-bit LBA isn't enabled by default. Slipstream service pack 2 on your XP Pro install CD & it should be able to see the whole space.
  7. clp86rom

    clp86rom Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    how do you do this?
    Slipstream service pack 2 on your XP Pro install CD
  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    ok. This is what I dug out from my old hard drives that warned me of this issue.
    You have to have Service pack 1 or higher for windows XP in order to access a hard drive greater than 137GB

    If you have an intel chipset, you may need certain drivers which provide BIOS support for drivers greater than 137GB

    the only other solution is to get a 48-bit LBA supported controller card to access the full capacity of the drive. I suggest this. Controller cards are cheap.
  10. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    for a quick and simple to use program to slipstream SP@ and create the ISO for you try Nlite.

    http://www.nliteos.com/
  11. clp86rom

    clp86rom Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    would anyone know if the promise ultra133 tx2 card support that 48-bit LBA
     
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You don't need an extra controller card. Any recent hardware can do it. As long as you're not using K6-2/Pentium 3 or older type of hardware you'll be fine. Just make sure you have recent BIOS versions/drivers & the proper service pack with your XP install CD.
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    it's a catch 22- if he doesn't have a formatted drive, he won't have SP1 or 2 installed as the OS isn't installed. This was the issue when installed my 250GB drives X 2 on my system.

    Fortunately, the drives came with partioning software..
    Later, I got a copy of XP with SP1 and was able to load it over.

    In any case, some XP CDs are older without SP1. I don't know what he has. If he has SP1 then he's ok. He may need a BIOS update. If not, then a controller card is a messy free solution.
  14. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Even with a controller card, if the OS doesn't have at least SP1 it won't work so it's not an error free solution. He's posting right so he clearly has a working machine. All he needs to do is slipstream SP2 on an install CD & it's done. It's not very complicated.
  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    that's assuming he's using the same machine to get on the 'net!
    But yeah, if your program works, that's great.
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