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Looking for some tips here. I just bought a 160 GB drive and after installing it in my computer I'm having trouble. The computer is from Dec 2000, it's a P3-933 so not the newest. The BIOS indicates that this drive is 137 GB and Windows doesn't see it at all. I read that for WinXP (my OS) you need SP1 in order to use drives over 137 GB, and I don't have SP1. I could get it, but it'll be a pain (don't ask) and since the BIOS isn't showing the full capacity, I'm guessing that SP1 wouldn't resolve my problem anyway. I installed the lastest flash update for my BIOS and it didn't help.

Am I SOL as far as using this drive with this MB? If I get a PCI EIDE controller will that circumvent the problem? If I do that, what is the best configuration for my drives between the onboard IDE controllers and the PCI? I've got 3 hard drives, 2 CD-ROMs and if I've got space, I might as well hook up my Zip drive again. How best to arrange them for ease of install and best performance?

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Looking for some tips here. I just bought a 160 GB drive and after installing it in my computer I'm having trouble. The computer is from Dec 2000, it's a P3-933 so not the newest. The BIOS indicates that this drive is 137 GB and Windows doesn't see it at all. I read that for WinXP (my OS) you need SP1 in order to use drives over 137 GB, and I don't have SP1. I could get it, but it'll be a pain (don't ask) and since the BIOS isn't showing the full capacity, I'm guessing that SP1 wouldn't resolve my problem anyway. I installed the lastest flash update for my BIOS and it didn't help.

Am I SOL as far as using this drive with this MB? If I get a PCI EIDE controller will that circumvent the problem? If I do that, what is the best configuration for my drives between the onboard IDE controllers and the PCI? I've got 3 hard drives, 2 CD-ROMs and if I've got space, I might as well hook up my Zip drive again. How best to arrange them for ease of install and best performance?

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I'll buy the HD from you, that may help your problem
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Screw that! It's a Seagate 7200 RPM 8 mb cache 160 gig drive...I ain't lettin' go of it!
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look in your BIOS to see if you have "Auto Detect" on, of if you have to manually enter the drive info.
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bios will not see it fully... but get sp1 it will help.....
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Thanks for the tips. Does anyone know if using a PCI EIDE controller would get around this problem? I think that it would but would like to know for sure before spending more money.
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service pack 1 is free... no more money needed
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service pack 1 is free... no more money needed
I know SP1 is free. But it won't get me my full drive capacity, and I don't like spending money for something I can never use! So I WILL find some way to make it work and allow me to use the full 160 gigs. I know I need SP1. I just need to know if using an external EIDE controller will get around the BIOS issue.
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I WILL find some way to make it work and allow me to use the full 160 gigs.
you will NEVER have access to all 160 gigs. for example, i have a 40 gig in my laptop, i only have access to 31.2 gigs of it.
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Oh man, the blind leading the blind in this thread
what are we doing wrong
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