Windows XP Hard Drive Limit

By yogi_bear
Oct 15, 2005
  1. Please could you let me know if there is a hard drive limit on Windows XP Professional. I am building a machine for one of my clients who wants Windows XP. They bought a 200gb Hard drive, but when I startup the Windows XP Installation and it gets to formatting the HArd Drive., it tells me that I can only use 131gb of the hard disk. Is there a way of reclaming back the lost 70 gig? Thank you in advance.


    PS, I do not think it is a hard drive fault, because my 160gig Hard Drive only formats to 131gb to. Thank you
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your bios, and OS have to support 48bit LBA, in order to rcognise hdd`s larger than 131gig.

    Take a look HERE

    Regards Howard :) :)
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if your BIOS does not accept more than 131 gigs, you will need to partition that drive into sections 131 gigs or less.
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