300 gig hard drive problem

By am-man
Feb 4, 2005
  1. hello all,
    i'm getting a 300 gig HD and i have a SATA spot open on my MOBO. i don't want to install windows on it i just want it to be for storage( for a ftp).
    so how should i format it??? i also know that you can't get the full 300 to show, only like 127 gigs......right???

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

    Depending on your mobo, a BIOS update and/or a driver activation/update might get you the full size of that HD.
    You need to activate or load a driver for 48-bit LBA.
    See this website for more 48-bit info:
    and this one for activation:

    Make 2-3 Partitions and format them in NTFS.
  3. am-man

    am-man TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so from start to finish....what should i do with this 300 gig SATA HD???

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