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Easto
07-08-06, 12:06 PM
Either my mobo (Asus A7N8X) does not support a full 250gig drive or I'm missing a setting somewhere. When formatting in W2K it only sees 131 of the 250gigs.

YeOldeStonecat
07-08-06, 12:55 PM
2x things...
1) Latest BIOS...so that your motherboard recognizes it
2) Win2K...early versions didn't see past 138 gigs...service pack that bad boy. If I remember back that far...I think SP3 is what added the larger part recognition. Regardless..you should apply the latest SP..which is sp4..and continue with all the rest of your Windows updates.

CableDude
07-08-06, 01:00 PM
If I remember back that far...

It's NOT that long ago. :D

Easto
07-08-06, 01:04 PM
SP4 installed. I'm not sure of the exact bios version but I'm pretty sure it's updated. I'll take another check though.

Easto
07-08-06, 01:20 PM
I checked things out and there is 1 bios version higher. I'm using 1006. The thing is, is that the bios "does" see the full 250 gig???

YeOldeStonecat
07-08-06, 01:47 PM
And in disk management?

Easto
07-08-06, 03:47 PM
And in disk management?

127gig

YARDofSTUF
07-09-06, 01:50 PM
Im pretty sure that board supports 137+ drives.

What does the bios say its size is?

EDIT: I read your post above wrong.

YeOldeStonecat
07-09-06, 02:54 PM
127gig

Any additional space? Unused? Unpartitioned?

lewis
07-09-06, 10:40 PM
I have the Deluxe version of that board using the 1007 bios and its sees my 200gig drives just fine.

Easto
07-11-06, 01:18 PM
I went back and reformatted with my W2K disk thinking I may have overlooked something. During the reformatting process, before starting the reformat, when it shows you what partitions you have it looked a little different than I've seen before. Usually it shows you 2 lines, one for each partition, whether they are formatted or not. This time is looked like...

(as best as I can remember)

C: Formatted 131***mb (127***mb free)

Once I deleted the partition and started over again it still only showed 131***mb.

I'm thinking that I may have to format and partition this with a dos disk first?

Easto
07-11-06, 01:19 PM
Any additional space? Unused? Unpartitioned?

No

YARDofSTUF
07-11-06, 01:21 PM
I went back and reformatted with my W2K disk thinking I may have overlooked something. During the reformatting process, before starting the reformat, when it shows you what partitions you have it looked a little different than I've seen before. Usually it shows you 2 lines, one for each partition, whether they are formatted or not. This time is looked like...

(as best as I can remember)

C: Formatted 131***mb (127***mb free)

Once I deleted the partition and started over again it still only showed 131***mb.

I'm thinking that I may have to format and partition this with a dos disk first?


Your win2k disk doesnt have the service packs on it?

Maybe slipstream?

you could fdisk from a dos disk, but i dunno if 2k will see it as 250 if its only seeing 131 anyway.

YeOldeStonecat
07-11-06, 05:47 PM
You don't need a DOS disk...matter of fact I don't like using any DOS based utilities to manage hard drives for WinNT...everything you need is available in NTSetup when you boot from the NT CD using NTs native disk management utilities.

YeOldeStonecat
07-11-06, 05:51 PM
http://www.48bitlba.com/enablebiglba.htm

Easto
07-11-06, 08:45 PM
http://www.48bitlba.com/enablebiglba.htm

^^ Thanks, it's now seeing the complete drive. I do have 104gb of unallocated space on it. When I right click and it asks to create a partition type which should I chose? Primary or Extended? I have the OS already loaded on C:.


Your win2k disk doesnt have the service packs on it?

Maybe slipstream?



Yeah, I do have it slipstreamed to SP2 but I think I'll create a slipstreamed SP4 version later tonight if I have the time. I'm hoping that does the trick and I can then format the complete drive during an install.

YeOldeStonecat
07-11-06, 10:13 PM
Yah SP2 is too old..it will not see past that limitation.

Easto
07-12-06, 10:19 AM
Got it.

I'd like to thank everyone for their help.