How much does XP actually read? Hard Drive Question

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  1. MexicanTaco

    MexicanTaco New Member

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    I want to add a 250GB HD to my computer but various people have told me the XP only reads so much. Is this True?
     
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    Not that I know of.

    If you do buy a drive retail or not, I would recommend using any software that is available to help you set it up in Windows. I did that when I added a large drive to my system and didn't have any problems with Windows recognizing the full capacity of it.
     
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    134GB is the most it read when I went to install. HOWEVER, install SP2 then get Partition Magic and you can partition the rest of your HDD and merge the seperate partitions together. Somewhat annoying but that's kind of all you can do about it.

    You can partition all of it in one hit (I think) but risk data loss after 134GB or whatever of used space.
     
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    I have 2 160gb drives...I had to install sp1 for it to read the full 160...before that it only read 134.
     
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    btw...I never had to use partition magic or anything of the sort..it just read my 160 gb drives...I did however reformat and reinstall
     
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    If your XP CD has SP1 or higher slipstreamed (included) then it will read well beyond the 137GB barrier...
     
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    That didn't work for my 200GB Serial ATA which I purchased a few weeks ago. I don't think anything they list to "resolve the issue" worked.
     
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    Please do not use Partition Magic. I have seen it mess up way too many machines. If you really need to partition/format a drive, do it in DOS or like I said above use the software that comes with the drive or go to the manufacturers site and download it if you buy an OEM drive.

    And if you have XP and do not at least have SP1 installed, I would highly recommend you install it.
     
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    Make sure that your BIOS can read that big of a hard drive. Just update your BIOS to the newest verseion. Windows XP can read up to 16TB using NTFS (256TB if you make some spanned volumes). In other words, a 250GB drive will be readable by XP with no problem.
     
  11. Yep

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    My two 160GB drives show up fine. :dunno:
     
  12. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    You do know that XP (Pro, at least) will allow you to partition and format portions of a drive, right?

    And even then, XP SP1 and greater should support wayyyyy past 250gb.
     

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