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I have a system running Win XP SP2. I had a 40gig HDD, but yesterday I bought a new Hitachi 250gig HDD. I connected it to my computer as the master, and made my 40 the slave. When I booted the comp, in BIOS it showed the new HDD as 131gig. I then installed Windows XP on it. When I boot it from the new drive, in my computer it shows the HDD as 127gig. Even when I boot from my 40gig, it shows the new drive as 127gig. I heard there was a HDD size limitation so I am going to install SP2 on my new 250gig. Or is this BIOS motherboard problem. My motherboard is a K7SOM+ version: 5.2c

Please help.


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How old is the computer mainboard. Did you set the Jumper setting right that sounds a lot like the max size that large hard drives can be set too.
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For jumper settings, my new 250 is Set as MASTER. And it has the first wire plugged into it. But for my second 40gig, it only had one bracket so i put it like this

.::{:}:

My motherboard is quite old, maybe three years. How can I get the max out of this HDD, i am now going to install SP2 and see if it helps.
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Check your BIOS settings should be something in there?
Is the correct size recognized there.
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In BIOS it shows it as 131gb and Windows Xp shows it as 127gb.
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Okay, I installed SP2 on the new HDD. Same Problem. Btw, I'm getting a lot of DELAYED WRITE FAILED messages.

Pleasseee... HELP!!!!
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Ok I just went to the HITACHI site, and it gave me a program I loaded onto a Floppy. I then booted from that floppy and it recognized the new HDD as 250gb.

Whatthehellisgoingon?
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There once was a time to when motherboards could only support 137GB of hdd space now that they became larger that needs to be different. It also could be a setting internally on the hdd.
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Okay, so what do I do. Is there like a third-party program or something to make this drive work properly. Because, this Hitachi program is not helping.
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There is a limitation which ususally can be removed by downloading the correct driver from the HD manufacturer's site. Give us the model of the HD and we'll try to help.
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Hitachi Deskstar 250gb THD-250H SY.


Btw, in the BIOS, it does show HDD as 250gb. But when i boot with XP CD it shoes as 131. And 127 in windows XP. I am currectly trying some hotfixes from microsoft website.

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Hotfixes do not work. Should I upgrade BIOS?
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Alright check this out. BIOS is fine, it shows 250gb in BIOS and shows Some [bleep] about LBA. Now in my computer if i right click my drive and click properties.. VOLUMES. It shows capacity as 238xxxMB and unallocated space as 107xxxMB.. (x's are numbers i forgot)...
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i think its your motherboard you need to update.
or do it at least so we know its not causing the problem.

your hard drive does not come with additional drivers.
manufacturer's site reads "all drivers required come pre-loaded with o/s."
all i could find was this list of drivers from driverguide.com.
http://members.drive...a...m=b&jmd=and
i cant tell which one you need to use.

also, i went to ecs's site, mobo manufacturer, for bios downloads.
http://www.ecsusa.co...loads/bios.html
downloads > motherboards > k7 series > and it lists the following ...
K7SOM+PCB5.X
K7SOM+PCB5.XA
K7SOM+PCB7.5A
K7SOM+PC7.5C
unless you can narrow down which motherboard you have, none of those appear to be it.
yours from your post is "K7SOM+ version:5.2c" which i translate to K7SOM+PCB5.2C.
additionally, we dont know what drivers you have currently on the motherboard.
more info maybe ??
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here is what microsoft suggests ...
http://support.micro...kb/316505/en-us

1. run xp setup
2. update motherboard/bios
3. fdisk

the easiest and least time consuming is the first one.
worth a try.
your bios recognizes it, xp doesnt.
see if xp can fix itself.
id try fdisk option after that.
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