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  1. #1
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    137 gb harddrives

    My harddrive is refusing to read past 137gb

    I installed http://maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor...&downloadID=11
    and it still doesnt work. My regedit has EnableBigLba 0x00000001 ? unsure how many zeros

    any advice?

    thanks,
    Alex
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    I swear I saw the answer to this on WHT a bit ago, but I cannot find anything with search.

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    This is a windows error.

    For the original release version of Windows XP Home Edition or of Windows XP Professional, you can enable 48-bit LBA for testing purposes. To do this, set the EnableBigLba registry value to 1 in the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Atapi\Parameters\


    Once this is done
    Control panel -> admin tools -> computer management -> storage
    disc management
    Find the free space part and join it to your existing partition.

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    I've fixed this problem by upgrading to SP2. Original XP will not be able to read beyond the 137 GB, but SP1 and SP2 I believe can. SP2 for sure can.

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    computer is running SP2.

    what I have't done yet is

    Once this is done
    Control panel -> admin tools -> computer management -> storage
    disc management
    Find the free space part and join it to your existing partition.

    which I will now try and report back (its a diff comp) (brb)
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    hmm, i found the free space, but i can't seem to figure out how to join them


    aw crap double post and i can't figure out how to delete this one, and they wont combine =p
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    Partition Magic, maybe?

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    Creating and merging partitions (even deleting them) in XP doesn't require partition Magic at all, actually. You can easily do this from inside of XP. To do this:

    go into control panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management

    Scroll down to storage-> Disk Management

    It'll take a few seconds to build the map, but when it does, find the new partition, right click on it and delete it. Then you can click on "delete logical drive".

    From there, you should have one entire blank line, and you can right click on it, and create the partition you wish.
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    It's 137GB and you want it to read past that.... is that possible?

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    Originally posted by ArcticPro43
    It's 137GB and you want it to read past that.... is that possible?
    I think you have misunderstood what's going on.

    We don't know the exact size of the disk, it could be 200GB, but Windows is only showing it as being 137GB. He wants to recover that lost space.
    Steve

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    Drive must be NTFS. And you must enable Big harddrives in the BIOS.
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    Originally posted by fromage
    Drive must be NTFS. And you must enable Big harddrives in the BIOS.
    Most modern BIOS's can recognize large (137+GB) drives without any changes made (by default, its usually on). But, check your BIOS before trying to format the drive. If the drive is not an OEM drive, you should be able to use the partitioning utilitity that it came with.

    I havent tried using the disk management within windows to partition the drive, so I cant really suggest any possible solutions within it.

    My drive is a Maxtor, and I used the maxblast to partition and format it. You may also want to head to the manufacturer's site to see if they have a partitioning utility available.

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    Lord, just format the free partition to join it with the existing one.
    Right click it for the options. [in the disk management]
    It is faitly easy to figure it out.

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