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Question: Large hard drive

Well i added a 300 gig drive and windows will not recognize it It does recognize it in bios. But when i look at it in windows it is 127 gig. I have 3 programs to enable LBA. I see it enabled in the registry. When i run one of the three programs they tell me that i doan need to do anything. I doan want to lose info after i run out of the 127 gig WHAT AM I GONNA DOOOOOOOOO? :-?

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Answer: Large hard drive

What does doan mean? Never heard that word before.

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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We have had a large number of Toshiba hard drive failures with-in the last three months. Anyone have any knowledge of the issue?
1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up one of the following error codes on the hard drive component:

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive

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I have a HP Pavilion TX1340 laptop running Vista Home Premium.

The laptop came with a 120GB hard drive and I would now like to replace it with a new 320GB hard drive which I have fitted in a USB2.0 caddy and which, after much difficulty, I have managed to initialize and format.

I have been told by HP that the laptop will only recognise hard drives up to 250GB.

If I partition the hard drive with a 250B partition plus another partition occupying the remainding space will this work OK?

Answer:Hard drive too large?

Unfortunately, your only option is to send me the hard drive as it will not work for you. Sad but true; PM me for my home address.

just kidding... it will work fine. If it only sees the first 250, then partition and use that; format the rest in Windows.

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Question: Large Hard Drive

quick question, and i'm sure i deserve a quick answer! some might say i should have looked around a bit more and maybe i would have found the answer.. but i'm a bit fragile today, and remember, 'there's no such thing as stupid questions; just stupid people.'

here goes; with regards to putting a large hard drive in my laptop which is the most important factor to recognising the drive, bios or service pack? (or both).

i have xp pro sp2 (also access to sp3) and i bought a 120gb drive to be safe (and it works fine), but i just wonder if it would recognise a bigger drive than that.

Answer:Large Hard Drive

Basically pay close attention to the laptops specs, for hard drive type (eIDE, SATA) and rotational speed. Also, the higher the speed and capacity, the hotter the drive runs. Heat is an enemy of a laptop. You already know how hot they run normally... I've installed 250GB drives, successfully

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win xp with service pk2 i have installed a samsung 250GB hard drive but in xp is only seen as 127GB although the bios reports it correctly as 250GBi have made the following registry change but has no effect any advice thanks alanYou need service pack 2 do you have SP" installed?Shows 127G not 160G or HigherIn Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".# Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.# From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.# Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.# Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.# Close the registry editor.# Restart the machine for the change to take effect

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At work I have a Compaq with an x86 Family 6 Model 5 Stepping 2 processor. I have no idea how this type processor compares to a pentium, for example. I need to install a larger hard drive on this computer. I know from previous experience (at home) that there is a limit to the size of drive some processors can comprehend. Is there a way I can easily figure out what that limit is for this computer? I have 386 megs of RAM, am using Windows 2000.

Answer:how large a hard drive can I get?

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I'm sure this has been asked a few times. My XP won't recognize larger than 137 gb, does Windows 7 have this problem. I just got a 1.5 tb drive and XP isn't seeing all of it even after I installed SP2. I am thinking of getting W7, I have a AMD 64 dual core motherboard.

Answer:Large Hard Drive and W7

No it doesn't...And the reason XP does not see it all even after SP2 is probably because the drive was not setup properly when XP was originally installed...However if you are wiping XP this is no longer an issue.Early on in the Win setup process you will be given an option to delete the existing so...NOTE ALL your data from the XP install will be gone so backup what you need 1st.Then simply choose the new partition can be the entire drive if you like and then continue with the install...

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I have a 320 gig hard drive and windows xp only recognizes 120 gigs of the hard drive. What do I need to do to get full use of the hard drive.

Answer:xp on very large hard drive

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I know that a patch fixed the 120gb hard drive limit and that when upgrading to SP1 larger hard drives can be seen. My problem is, I would like to buy a new HDD (720 gb) and install XP on it because I feel like my old 80/200/200 HDDs will fail soon and I would like the extra space . So my questions are the following:

- Is there any way to install xp on that drive, and run it successfully?
- If i wanted to re-format for another clean install in the future, and I have, say an 80 gb partition for system files and the rest for data, can i selectively delete that partition to install it on, or will windows see the drive as one 120gb drive when trying to install?

Can anyone help so that I can know what my options are? I really don't want to have to upgrade to a newer OS as this not the primary computer .

Thanks guys

Answer:Installing XP on a large hard drive

Just use a disc slipstreamed with SP3 and you wont have any problems.

In windows setup you can see individual partitions, and selectively delete them, and choose which one to install to.

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I have just bought a 1TB external hard drive. I have windows XP SP2 and the drive shows as 931GB drive in my computer and disk management. If have put about 225GB of data on it and now when I try and add any more it is saying that the disk is full. I assume that this is something to do with the old XP problem of not handling partions over 235GB. Can anyone help resolve this.

Answer:Large hard Drive Problem

Format it through Disk Management, it needs to be set as "Basic" and NOT "Dynamic", also make sure you do NOT use a "Quick" format, but take the long option, expect it to take anything up to about 4hrs, or maybe a little less.

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I?m about to buy my first PC after many years abusing my company?s machine.My issue is whether it?s better to go for one large hard drive or two smaller drives. I?ve read a bit about RAID pros and cons and would welcome an opinion on either a single 400GB drive or dual 200GB drives etc. One of my main aims is to edit my collection of DV video footage, so high capacity is a priority for me.

Answer:Hard Drive - One Large or Two Smaller

After having a drive die on me completely after just 4 months, I would definately go for 2 drives (which I have now)and use something like Norton Ghost to make a clone copy of one.I run two drives, both excatly the same, which maybe somewhat over the top to some people, but after losing one drive and having a new mobo installed all in the space of 6 months (on a machine under a year old), I would definately get 2!

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I have built several PCs. I'm trying to add a 200Gb drive to my current PC. Am replacing an 80Gb drive which has been working faihfully. Whilst it is recognised in BIOS and can be populated in 'System', it doesn't show up in explorer, so can't do anything with it. Rechecked all connections, BIOS settings, and jumpers. Sent it back to supplier who tested and confirmed working ok.It's not an old board - Asus A7V8X Raid Mobo with XP2100. Has anyone else seen this problem? I have read there may be problems with HDDs over 137Gb and BIOS versions, but symptoms are not same.

Answer:Won't detect large hard drive

Hi there. Have you already partioned the drive. Might be helpful to do that if you haven't and maybe it will help? Not sure if that will do anything but that's what I would do.I would assume it is a BIOS setting but that should be easy to check with the Motherboard manufacturer.

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I am running XP Pro with SP1 installed.I have a 200GB Maxtor hard drive but my system only recognises 127GB of it. Apparently this is the limit that XP can safely 'see' on a HDD. I went to the maxtor site and downloaded their 'big drive enabler' but when I try to run the prog. it tells me that my OS is not suitable.Are there any other ways of forcing my system to recognise the full 200GB? I don't like being 73GB down!

Answer:How do I enable a large hard drive?

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Thanks to all for help on RAM query a short while ago - could I throw another problem at you.I recently bought a Maxtor 200GB hard drive for video use on offer at Maplins, the Bios only recognised 137GB - Installed SP1 then Large Drive Enabling prog from Maxtor site.Still 137GB on BIOS but Windows XP recognised full size & Partition Magic formatted 194odd GB- everything fine till disc starting to fill up,presumably at around 130ishGB, then WIPEOUT time,whole file system gone RAW.Reformatted OK, then happened again.No BIOS update available, already checked-very grateful for any help.

Answer:Large hard drive problem

click here Read this Maxtor FAQ about drives over 137Gb.

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I have a Thinkpad t-60, and would like to use a large harddrive for data storage with the drive bay adapter.  There are a wide variety of aftermarket - generic harddrives in large sizes, hoever I can not find any compatibility information either from lenovo or the aftermarket drive manufacturer. Is there anywhere I can look that would give me the hard drive compatibility data for the ultra drive bay adapter?


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Answer:Large Hard drive compatibility

You can use any 2.5" size HDD you want either SATA or IDE - just depends on the Ultrabay adapter you have.Could you check and post the part number of the Ultrabay adapter? That will indicate whether it's a SATA interface or IDE interface adapter - either way once you know that it's SATA/IDE, it's your choice of drives - I would recommend either Seagate or Hitachi as both are very reliable, quiet and fast (whether 5400rpm or 7200rpm).

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please help! i just recently built a new computer (asus m2n-sli motherboard with a amd athlon (6000+)64x2, also a e-geforce 6200 video card and 2g ram, i installed win xp64 pro sp1 on a maxtor 320g hard drive everything has gone smooth until this point, windows show's the hard drive is only 32g, i can't seem to find the solution to this anywhere, any help would be greatly appreciated.i also installed sp2 in hopes this would solve the peoblem it did not.thanks

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Ok I've been wracking my brain on this for 3 days now. I'm at the end of my rope. I built a new system with 2x 250 gig sata hard drives. I go to install windows and everything is fine until it reboots the last time. The system locks with a black screen.

Ok fine, I restart and go into safe mode... System locks at MUP.SYS.
grrr.. Ok so I decide there must be something wroing with hardware. I pull out my UBCD and run tests on the hard drives, memory and a burnin test for the processor.. Nothing

On a whim I tossed a 20 gig ide hard drive in and tried to install again. Amazingly it worked!

So thinking there is something wrong with the sata controller, I replaced the motherboard. Nope, still not working on the 250 gig..

I try a 160 gig ide drive.. nope same problem

I try a 60 gig ide drive.. it works again!

I'm trying hard to figure out a way to get windows installed on one of these sata drives.. Anyone with an idea here?

Answer:Installing WinXP on a large hard drive?

Could be SATA controller problem. Check mobo web site, see if you can find answers. I had a Gigabyte board do something similar to me, nad to upgrade to a new BIOS. Had another board do same thing to me, was a memory problem. You said you already did memory testing, so sounds like that is not the issue.
Please post detals on what mobo you got, and what SATA controller it is using and what type of SATA setup your trying to do. The more details, the better answer you will get. Need names of the things your having trouble with to give best answer.

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I have a AMD Athlon 1.33CPU on a Asus A7A 266 Motherboard. I have 512k of DDR Ram. I have a Weston Digital 40G hard drive as the primary slave and have just installed a 160G Maxtor hard drive as the primary master. I am running Windows XP Pro. Since putting in this drive I have noticed that the system has slowed right down.. it is driving me nuts! When I first installed this large drive, the system only showed 137G so I went to Maxtors site and downloaded a patch called Big Drive Enabler. This forced the computer to show the whole drive. Everything is so slow and I have noticed that the CPU is often running at 90 - 100% and yet I can't always notice what is running. Have tried the task manager but no joy,am now at a lose. Can any of you big guys or girls help this little ole woman to get to the bottom of this problem... lol
Please make it in plain English as although I am not a beginner where computers are concerned, I am not an expert either!!!

Answer:Slow down after installing a large hard drive.

Was it running this slow before you installed "Big Drive Enabler"?

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P4 3.2 Ghz 800FSB
WD 160gb Sata HD
Nvidia 6600gt Pci-EX
1 GB Kinston Mem
Asus P5GD1 S775 Main
LG 4163b DVD Drive


I have searched far and beyond to find the answer to this question but to no avail. Hopefully somebody out there knows the answer to my question.

My Defrag drive map, (using any defrag program ie diskeeper, perfectdisk, o&o), shows a large free space gap between data. Most of the data starts at the beginning , but a large chunk, including page file is in the middle of the drive. The space between my two data chunks is about 1/3 my drive. This bothers me. I want to know if this is normal. I would ideally like to see all the data from the beginning with no free space gaps, i know it was like this before. I dont know what has happened to change it. I have tried numerous defrag progarms to resolve my issue, none have changed the overall map.
I currently have 91% free space, my system is one month old with basically only games, music and utility programs on it.
I would really like to re-sort my drive (even if it takes time) so that it is one chunk not two.
Thank you for your replies,

Answer:large hard drive spaces / gaps

I think its normal. I have it all the time.

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I have been trying to restore the speed of my Toshiba laptop since now anytime I do anything the hard drive starts thrashing. I have run virus and spyware scans using multiple programs and also performed checkdisks and defrags on the hard disk. The scans were performed in normal and safe mode and only minor objects were detected and there has been no improvment to the speed of the system.

At times I see either svchost.exe or explorer.exe hogging most of the CPU.

I have run HijackThis and the log file is attached.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thank you,


Answer:Large amount of hard drive activity


You do have mywebsearch installed which is not really classified as malware but is known to slow a PC down, so I would remove that, also you have alot of startups that run at boot, 35 if my math is right, many will be needed but many not.. and could slow your PC down, but to be fully sure of the malware aspect and if anything malware is causing a slowdown in your PC then please run throught he full guide of ours below.

Please follow our standard cleaning procedures which are necessary for us to provide you support. Also there are steps included for installing, running, and posting HijackThis logs as attachments.
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I have a Western Digital 250 gig hard drive which I am using on an external cradle which I use as a back up for my pc and laptop which are both less than a year old. How can I get the full capacity of the hard drive to work and not 128 gigs its reading. (I know that its not exactly 250 gigs) The model number is wd2500jb

Answer:Large hard drive reading as small

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I'm going to use a WD Purple 4TB drive on a server for an IP camera system. I would like to partition a 100MB area for Win 7 and the video monitoring software. I would like to partition the remainder of the drive as one large data storage partition.

Since I'm not going to boot off the large partition do I still need to partition it using GPT? What about the large 3 plus TB partition.

Answer:GUID partition on large hard drive

Do you mean a small 100GB Partition on which you want to install Windows 7 and boot from it (leaving the rest for data) ? Your 4TB disk will then be the boot disk irrespective of whether the rest of the disk is used for data.

Can Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 read, write, and boot from GPT disks?
Yes, all versions can use GPT partitioned disks for data. Booting is only supported for 64-bit editions on UEFI-based systems.

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hey all....i am running windows 7 and suddenly my 160 gig internal c:\ drive went from having over 60 gig free to having less than 1 gig free....i have run a known good anti virus software including a complete scan and removal of go.....still very little free space.....the c:\users folder is using up over 115 gig....but when you look at all of the files and folders in there nothing uses more than 50 gig...and even so there was over 60 gig free before.....please help....mally.

Answer:sudden large use of hard drive space

Run TreeSize, and point it to the C:\ drive to see what's taking up space.

C:\Users is where all the user profiles and their data is stored. Your account or another user's account probably has a large video file somewhere or a large number of other junk files.

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Good afternoon,

Hope someone here may recognise this issue and be able to suggest a cause.

A computer on our network was reported to have 0% hard drive space.
Upon investigation, I found in the Local Settings\Temp a 34GB file, which had maxed out the drive.
Has any one seen this kind of file before?


This isn't the first instance of this file being foud on the estate.
A bit of background, this machine is on an isolated network with no internet connectivity and locked down physical ports, running Windows XP.
Very small likely hood of this being viral related.

Many thanks,
and Kind regards

Answer:Large .DAT File Consuming Hard Drive

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im going to be buying a new hard drive, and i know that whether or not the computer recognizes the hdd is dependant on my motherboard and bios... back when i had a p2, 300mhz i tried to install a 60gig and it didnt work cause the bios didnt detect it, and rather than flashing the bios i settled for a 20gig...

now im going to buy a 200gig hdd, and i need to know if my motherboard and bios will detect its presence properly... is there a way to know if it'll detect correctly?

i have an ASRock mobo, with an amd athlon 1100mhz socket A chip... any help is appreciated.

Answer:how do i know if my bios will accept a large hard drive?

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Hi, I have a very frustrating problem, my laptop's hard drive is short on space to edit my holiday video footage so I have borrowed my fathers but his doesn't have a firewire port. I have transfered all the footage onto dvd's but I can't transfer to his hard drive, each time it says there is not enough space. The larger files are 4Gb but there is more than 50Gb free space so I don't understand why I can't copy them.I hope there is a simple solution to this as the "Boss" wants to send a video of our holiday to her mother yesterday.Many Thanks.Barry.

Answer:Can't save large file to hard drive?

Should of said it's an Acer laptop running Windows XP.

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I have fitted a 200 Gb hd ,installed xp +SP2 and added registry large disc support (from seagate)My problem now is XP is running fine on a 31Gb partition ,in disc managemanet i am being shown this partition(drive C)the a drive F with 2000 (Yes thousand) gbs,When I try and format it to make it usable it gets to 100% and stops...any ideas

Answer:large hard drive format partition

I would be inclined to wipe that install and start again.Use XP to partition the hdd,then once you have setup partitioning,XP will let you format the 1st partition with either NTFS/FAT32,then once its finished formatting it instantly sets off and installs itself.Once its finished that,reboot from the XP CD and use either the "Recovery Console" or XP CD to format the various partitions.

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Hy guys,

First I want to say hello as it is my first post in this forum. Merry christmas as well!

I am writing to you as I bought a 160GO 2hard drive to replace my old 60GO. When i troed to install it i saw that it just recognises 128GO which, according to my searches, is due to the LBA 48 bits not being supported on my laptop (Satellite M30-841).

I have tried everythingmentioned:
- I flash the Bios o update to the 1.70 (latest available on the toshiba driver website)
- I have changed the dowloaded XP SP3 and I changed the registry to install an DWORD key EnableBigLba.

However it still recognise only 128GO. I am loosing hope of installing this new hard drive. Does anyone of you have a suggestion that I should try?

I understood that I should update the driver of my motherboard however i don't know where to find them, if there is any (i don't even know the name of it despite using everest -which shows DMI.

Am I missing something?

Many thanks


Answer:Satellite M30-841 - Large Hard drive not fully recognised

Listen dude.
The HDD controller seems to support the 28bit LBA.
The HDD controllers which support 28bit LBA would handle max 128GB HDDs.
The HDD controllers which support 48bit LBA would handle bigger HDDs.
But this is a hardware limitation and you will not solve this updating anything?.

In your case there is nothing to do?

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I have had to replace a dead hard drive - the bios does not appear to recognise the new larger drive - I may need a bios upgrade but do not know where to get one. the Mobo maker is no more - the bios is by award - 1997, any ideas?

Answer:Bios doesn't recognise large hard drive

There should be a utility on your new drive manufacturer's website that will allow the drive to be recognised by an older BIOS. OR, you could buy and install a PCI to IDE card.

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I tried to copy an iso file that was about 4.5 gb to a portable usb HD, but I was keep getting an error message saying the file was too big.
Now my USB HD is about 150GB! So what's up with this? Help me out guys!

Answer:Solved: Copying a large file to USB Hard Drive

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I have a 119gig .bkf file on my desktop and I'm trying to move it to a new 320gig external HD. I keep getting a message there's not enough space on the disk. If I reformat the external HD from FAT to NTFS would that work or do I have start the backup utility and save to the external HD? The .bkf file on my desk top took almost 8 hours to create. Don't want to do it again if I don't have to. Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated. Thanks for your time!

Answer:Moving large files to external hard drive

I believe that formatting to a step in the right direction.FAT32 file systems have a file size limitation of 4GB,

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Hello, my external hard drive is 320gb and I have used up almost 30gb of it. I wanted to transfer an iso file of 7.7gb onto my hard drive but whenever I try to copy it, an error comes up saying not enough space to move. But there is still 290gb of free space! I recently copied around 20gb of home videos from my HDD camcorder but it doesn't copy this iso file. Please can someone assist me. Thank you very much. I am using Windows XP Home, 1gb RAM, external hard drive is in FAT32 Format.

Answer:Moving large file to external hard drive

It is probably because the drive is FAT32 - see this similar thread click here

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I have currently two 60G hard drives fitted in my computer one of them has a 11G video file on it which I want to move over to the other drive. However even though there is over 52G available on the second drive explorer insists saying that there is not enough space to copy the files over.The first drive is my main drive and is running XP in NTFS format. the second drive is still a FAT drive. Any ideas please????

Answer:Unable to copy very large file to hard drive

It might be due to the FAT filesystem,its not so clever at big files as NTFS.If its possible,try converting it to NTFS.

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I use an Averatec notebook, and an external hard drive. The external has 149gigs of free space left and it will not allow me to drop a movie which is 7.9gigs onto it. The error I recieve says that there is not enough space on the drive.

Ive tried deleting about 10gigs from the external and it still says not enough room on the drive.
Ive transfered other things onto the external and they work properly.
If anyone knows what the problem might be I would be greatfull for any help.


Answer:Transfer large file to external hard drive

what is the file system, FAT32 or NTFS? if it is FAT32 you can't have a file larger than 4gb

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Bought a PC with SSD which filled up as soon as loading games from steam etc.  Now trying to migrate off and I can not use the windows "move" function for folders like APPDATA local or roaming because of long files names.  I simply can not get enough off of C: to run the machine reliably.  

Answer:SSD full -- how to move large folders to hard drive

I would remove the SSD and suggest you buy a larger hard drive and reinstall windows. You can always put that hard drive back in or get an external enclosure so you can get access to your files.

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I have a 500GB external Hard Drive that I need to use at home with my Windows 7 PC and at school where I use a Mac.

I know NTFS is for Windows only and I know FAT32 works on both Windows and Mac.

However I have been unable to format my external hard drvie to FAT32. Only to exFAT which doesnt work on Windows.

I have tried in CMD using the format fs=FAT32 quick but it told be my hard drive is too big.

Any ideas?


Answer:How to format large external Hard Drive to FAT32

Nevermind lol I used a program called guiformat.exe - worked like a charm. I decided to leave this post up in case it helps someone else.

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I've been trying to get a new machine I just built up and running, and after some initial stupid things that happened, I'm now on my way to loading the OS and other tasks. First I have to mention that, when I initially installed the two 640 GB SATA hard drives, I jumpered them on jumpers 5 and 6, or third column from the left.

Now I know that normally you do not need to jumper SATA. At least that's what the label on top of the Western Digital said. But it also said something about an exception. I can't even remember what it was now, but it must have been convincing enough to talk me into jumping the drive.

Anyway after finding out that the jumping of the two drives was affecting my boot in my new machine, I decided to take them out and after that, the machine booted into the BIOS fine.

Then I booted into my Acronis Disk Director to start partitioning the drives, but I noticed that the readout for unallocated space for each drive was only 597 GB's. So where did the rest of it go? Did that have anything to do with those jumpers I removed?

Answer:Large SATA hard drive not reading it's capacity!

No the difference you see btween what the Manufacturer states is the capacity of the drive and what you actually will is because of a math difference. Advertising uses the decimal system. 1 kilobyte under that system equals 1000 bytes but the real equation is 1 kilobyte equals 1024 bytes If you carry this into the Gigabyte range you will see a much larger difference. So your 597 GBs is the correct size of the drive. Both numbers are correct though given the sense that they are used. 640Gbs is the correct number using the decimal system and approximately 597GBs is the actual size that will be read by your computer and operating system. It is confusing and sometimes misleading to start with. THere are on IDE Drives jumpers that will limit the size useable on a drive. This is because of an old limit that was imposed by system bios's.

so you did nothing wrong nor made any size changes by removing the jumper.

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Hi! I have an Elitebook 2760p; recently, 2TB SSD and conventional spinning drives have become available. I know this is an old laptop, however, it has a touchscreen, and is upgradeable - my MacBook Pro stays locked away as, to be honest, this laptop is so much more flexible (as a programmer and user) - and it even runs WoW well! Anyway, I have been using a Crucial 500GB SSD, which ran perfectly, but I ran out of space. I have previously used a 1TB conventional spinning drive which also worked fine. I have two base stations, and one has a Blu-Ray drive, and the other (now) has a 2TB drive in a caddy, in place of the CD drive. I purchased a 2TB Crucial MX300 SSD, as well as some 2TB Seagate spinning hard drives. While Seagate drives have gone downhill recently in terms of failure rates etc, my problem seems to be with the laptop. Specifically: If I put the 2TB SATA (6GB/s) Crucial MX300 SSD into the laptop, then I can install Linux from a USB drive, and it installs perfectly. Reboot results in BootDevice not found 'please install an operating system'. If I put the 2TB drive into a USB enclosure, it boots slightly further, stating 'Grub' 'attempt to read (outside?) of hd0'. Essentially, the system cannot boot from a 2TB hard drive installed internally in the laptop. The same error happens with the Crucial MX300 SSD and the Seagate 2TB drives. Interestingly, the BIOS hard drive test works fine. However, when booting, about 30-50% of the time, an error occ... Read more

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I have a 1.5tb usb3.0 drive that I cannot copy larger files to - I get a 0x0000045D - I/O Device error - whenever I try to copy larger sized files - 7GB files or more.  It works fine with smaller files.  I have tried copying with regular "copy", terracopy and robocopy methods.  I have removed the USB device, uninstalled the driver, rebooted and then hooked it back up - no go.  I have removed the device with deleting the driver, rebooted and that didn't fix it.  I have tried it on another USB 3.0 port, no go.  Tried it on a usb2.0, no go.
Any suggestions?

Answer:USB Hard drive issue - unable to copy large files

Check that the filesystem is not FAT32.
Steve O.

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What is the best method for transfering large files when formating a hard drive for a customer that doesn't have a burner.
I want' to be able to transfer all there drivers to some other media then reinstall them after. Thanks in advance for the help.

Answer:What is the best method for transfering large files when formating a hard drive?

Are you looking for the best or easiest? It is all subjective as to what is best. Persoanlly I would use another drive and either make a ghost image to the second drive or use the partition to partirion option.

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Hey there,

I bought this hard drive a long time ago, but it's been working A-OK up until a few weeks ago. Here's the problem:

Whenever I try to transfer several large files (pretty much anything above 600 MB) at once from the hard drive to any computer, the hard drive will automatically disconnect and reconnect during the operation. A message will pop up saying "The file is no longer on the hard drive" even though it's still there, and it asks me to retry, skip, or cancel. But every time I press retry, the message keeps popping up and I have to skip the file, thus ruining the whole operation. Ironically, the hard drive doesn't do this when I transfer several large files at once from a computer to the hard drive, so now it feels like the hard drive's holding my stuff hostage.

A lot of the aforementioned large files are important to me, and I need to transfer them from drive to drive, so I need help in fixing this. Any suggestions?

Do you think it could be the USB cable that came with the hard drive? Because it's been bent back and forth numerous times, and that's probably disrupting the connection...

Answer:External Hard Drive holding large files hostage

It's quite possible. Also, it could be that the hard drive is wearing out and might be giving some errors.

Either way, I would highly recommend transferring the files to a new hard drive before the unthinkable happens. You can usually remove the drive from the external casing and connect it directly to your desktop. If you're unfamiliar with installing a hard drive, I would suggest some assistance from a tech.

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I recently upgraded some components on my computer, including the motherboard & graphics card, and took the processor, hard drive & RAM from my old one. This includes my main HDD, another 750GB SATA HDD that I had working perfectly in the old machine, and a formerly external 750GB IDE HDD that also now works fine internally.

The problem is with the 750GB SATA HDD, which is alright when copying small files (though it can cause mp3 playback to skip a little), but anything over 1GB - DVD iso files, etc, causes Windows Vista to crash completely and force me to manually reboot.

Having tried both Windows 64 bit & 32 bit on my new machine, it happens on both, yet both of the other hard drives seem to be working fine with large files - so it doesn't appear to be a RAM problem.

The friend who put it all together suggested that it could have been caused by using the old SATA cable (as the one shipped with the motherboard had right-angled plugs, and wouldn't fit correctly). Does this make sense, and would fitting a new cable solve the problem?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give, and do let me know if there's any other information you need.

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Alright I keep it simple and sweet. well not simple. and not sweet but if you could help me with my problems that would be so nice. I had a bad week im worn out from work. I just want my setup to be clean and kick ass please. thanks

So I bought a thumb drive to transfer movies from my computer to my WDTV live hub. I figured I would be able to plug it in then from my computer over wifi transfer the movies to my Usb hard drive witch plugs into the WDTV live already. It is 300 gigs. the thumb drive is 64 gigs. As bonus I got a 1gig drive I don't use for anyhting as of yet.

So I ended up never be able use the portable drive. So It sat. One day I plugged it in to look at it and ended up using it for windows to use as a readyboost drive.
Here are questions.

Does ready boost work? Does it help for anything?
I made a parttion using bufflo software with my normal labtop hard drive. I made a ramdisk. 1 gig out of my 6gigs of ram is dedicated drive . The software didn't do anything with that space so I run my chrome browser off of it. I dunno why I just have lots spare time and like to use things.

Am I wasting my time? Is ramdisk pointless.? I mean bufflo assumed I would use it on the 300gig drive but I don't see the point. Its only usefull if you use it on your ram right? even then I can't think of anything good to use it for. I was wondering would another readyboost speed things up? Or what can I do at this point.

I I have the 300gig bufflow hd usb hoooked up to WD... Read more

Answer:What can I do here. Ram drive, Large USB 3 Hard drive, need help help!

Well xxsicknessxx I don't think I can help you but this will help other help you.

System Info - See Your System Specs


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Hello all,

I am preparing to go home for the holidays and I wanted to copy my music collection to my portable hard drive because I just sent my mp3 player to get repaired and it will meet me at home, with no music on it. I only keep my music in two places, a folder on my desktop and in my "my music" folder.

The folder on my desktop has roughly 5500 songs separated into album folders, and it transfered them all fine. I then went to transfer my "my music" folder which has about 7800 files separated into album folders only to get the error "cannot copy file: cannot read source file or disk." I restarted my computer and tried again with no result. I tried doing a single folder and that works but there are over 500 folders and I don't have time to do each one. I can't do more that 5-10 folders at a time and sometimes that doesn't work either and I don't undertand why. Is there something I can look for to know what the problem?

Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Problem Copying Large Number of Files to Portable Hard Drive

Yeah, I get that error message a lot. Whenever I see it, I usually just bust out my Knoppix disc and do it that way.

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Hi all - I have this strange problem that I can't seem to trace the root cause of; I have a number of 4.4Gb MKV files which I drag & drop from my Vista PC to a portable USB2.0 hard drive.

The copy appears to go ok i.e. takes a few minutes and then when I try to playback the file on the same or other PC with the USB2.0 drive connected, the file is corrupted (display goes blocky within a minute and various playback programs will stop playing the file).

Both source and destination drives are NTFS and have been working correctly until sometime in July. I have tried changing the USB2.0 drive policy to disable write caching, reformatting the USB2.0 drive in Vista (it was originally formatted on XP) and have run various diagnostics and can't see any errors on either the RAID5 volume (where playback is fine) or on the external disc drive.

I have no error messages or warnings that are untoward in the event logs and no error messages are displayed.

I have Vista SP1 and all current security updates and patches installed. My motherboard drivers are upto date. The system is a Foxconn G965 board with Core2 Duo E6400 and 2Gb RAM, Intel RAID and a Marvell Yukon NIC. No overclocking has been done. I have avast4 installed for anti-virus. Windows firewall and UAC are enabled. Power Options are set to high performance. I have no other problems to report.

I have tried a copy from the RAID5 volume to the external drive with avast disabled - I get the same corrupt playback. I wil... Read more

Answer:Large files are corrupted when copied to USB hard drive from RAID5 volume

Have you tried a different USB device?

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i have a R50e thinkpad and i recently bought an external 500Gb hard drive

there isn't a problem with transferring small files up to 5 Gb, but i encounter a problem with files close to that size or above it:

it says that there isn't enough space in the terget drive, when there is clearly enough...

i have about 380 Gb of free space in that drive

is it a problem in my usb or in the drive?

Answer:transfering large files to external hard drive doesnt work????

What's the file system of the external drive? Click on it in (My) Computer, and check there. If it's FAT32, that's a natural thing to happen. Either try to format it NTFS (will propably slow it down, if even possible), or use an archiver, WinRAR for example, to split your large files into 2-3 GB part archives.

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Hi guys

I've got a mac g4 and a lacie 250 gig portable hard drive.

on my macs hd i've got a number of mpeg4 files which I want to move onto the portable drive, each file is in excess of 5 gigs.
Each time I try to copy a file over I get an error code 36 which states data cannot be read from or written to

the portable hard drive is running fat 32 as it needs to be viewable by a PC

Can anyone give me any suggestions as to how to get these files on the portable hard drive?

Many thanks!

Answer:Problems copying a large file from hard disk to portable drive

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Lately I have been using a program called Xfire to record some gaming clips. The uncompressed files are pretty large (60gb/40 mins of gameplay). After I delete a file, there seems to be less space on my hard drive. For instance, yesterday I recorded and then deleted a clip, and I noticed I had 1gb less space on hard drive afterwards. I emptied the recycle bin, used the disk cleanup utility and did a defrag, but the 1gb was still missing.

Can anyone help me find the root of this problem?

Much appreciated,


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I have a TOSHIBA Satellite L305-S5933. It has a 250gb of hard space. About 225gb after formatting. Its about two years old.

I had only 4.37gb of free space so I decided to free up some space. I deleted more than 50gb of movies from the drive and it still shows the same 4.37gb of free space. How can I fix this?

Answer:Solved: Large deletions aren't showing up as free hard drive space on Toshiba Laptop

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I will shortly need to move a large number (20,000) very large (20-30Mb) image files and associated tiny xmp sidecar files from one hard drive to another.

MS file explorer will make a meal of this so any suggestions for alternatives please? I have several folders each containing many thousands of files as above so moving a folder en-bloc is an option rather than file by file?

Answer:moving large number of large files to new drive

Simply drag and drop the folder(s).

Might want to do a copy first, verify that everything did indeed get copied, and then delete the originals.

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This happens consistently. Once between 1 and 2 gigs has copied, I get the blue screen. I have tried copying in safe mode, using TeraCopy instead, nothing seems to work. This is the .dmp file:

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Question: Large Hard Drives

Need help getting my comp, to see my 250 gig hd. Only sees it as 127 gig.
Running XP Home.
Motherboard MSI 845 Ultra-c

Answer:Large Hard Drives

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If this has been asked before, please point me to the relevant thread. A friend of mine recently bought a hard disk 8TB and he did not manage to install it correctly. Unfortunately I live far from him and I will have the chance to visit him at weekend. Before that, I would like to ask, can such a disk be installed in any modern system? He has an MSI s1151 chipset Z270 motherboard, so I guess there is no compatibility issues. Is there any setting he should do in BIOS/UEFI firmware for such large disk? What about the power requirements? He has a modular 850W PSU, so again I guess he should be OK, as long as he connects the power cable to the correct socket on the PSU. I saw his desktop with TeamViewer and the disk is reported as unknown disk in Device Manager and as 0 capacity in Disk Management. I'm sure he did something wrong with the cables, but I cannot tell until I visit him. Anything else I should know? Yes, I know that I have to initialize it as GPT in order to make a single 8TB partition. Anything more?
Thank you in advance!

Answer:Installing a large hard disk

It seems this may not be straight forward other post have reported the disks won't work on some systems as they can't handle above 4 TB.

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I've recently had a problem fitting a second large capacity hard disk. My computer does not want to accept a 250Gb hd. When I fitted it I could not format it. Disk manager would recognise it and I could allocate a letter. I could format a partition of 125Gb but the remainder won't format. My primary hd is 120Gb. My computer is a 2.4GHz P4. Anyone any ideas?

Answer:Fitting Large Second Hard Disk

It could be that you need to upgrade your motherboards bios to be able to utilise a large hard drive to its full capacity, visit your motherboard manufacturers website for full details

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As I have learned and read in IT class that some systems won't accept hard drives larger than 137GB. Or am I not reading it right? I'm working on a PC that the HD crashed on and bought a 160GB HD to replace it. The problem is that the HD will show up in the bios at first start but when I restart it, it won't recognize it and says that the HD failed. This was the problem with the last HD of 120GB, which did fail with the click of death. but it would still show in the BIOS. I've tried other HDs of lower GBs, 40 and 80, and they work swell. When I first put it in, the BIOS recognized it and it started loading the OS from the disk along with formatting it, then when it came to restarting on its own it said the HD Failure error. I put it in a PC similar  to this one and it had no problems at all. But I put it in as a slave if that makes any sense. Anyhow its a 2001 model HP 760n PC i845 chipset board with an Award BIOS. Is it the PC age or could it be something with the controller or board?Tom

Answer:Large hard disks on older PC

could be a bios configure erroryou could patrition it into 20gb chunks

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I posted a message a while ago, I said I would post again with the result.

I built my own PC :- IC7 Max3, 1 Gb RAM (crucial), Sony DVD rewriter, Serail ATA Maxtor 160Gb, Leadtek FX5950 A380 ultra.

The problem :- Hard disk was only recognised as 127Gb after WinXP Pro installed

To recognise hard disks bigger than 127 or 137Gb you have to install service pack 1 (SP1), after this if you go into disk management (right click my computer, manage, storage, disk management), then you can see 26Gb that is unallocated, basically reformat this portion and give it a drive name, I chose E: cos my DVD was on D:

Anyway that's what I did, but I'm new to this. There is a file for 48LBA enabled, Maxblast 3, etc.... but I didn't have to do this

Answer:Info on large hard disks with Win XP pro

if you posted this question likely someone answered back with SP1. can you tell me what your thread subject was named or some keywords you used in your thread so i can search for this thread?

you may be able to use partition magic to merge the unallocated space to combine into 1 large 160GB partition. i hate how people always suggest Partition Magic , but this is one of the times it is useful.

if it was me i would save all data and recreate the partition into 1 large 160GB volume by installing winxp sp1 onto another hard disk, slave this 160GB disk and use the winxp sp1 running on the other disk along with disk management to re-partition the 160GB disk into 1 large 160GB partition

my question is why are you using any partition over 120GB? creating a 15-20GB partition for the operating system and create a partition for data would be more efficient. when you reinstall winxp you could use norton ghost to create an image of winxp partition onto the data partition. when winxp fails, restore the ghost image back and you're back in business. compared to manual winxp re-install it takes ghost 5 minutes versus 3 hours +

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Anyone have information on installing a large (80 gb >) hard drive. I've heard that the operating system doesn't like big drives! Any answers appreciated. Wobbles

Answer:Windows 98 and large Hard Drives

I think that Win98 is compatiable with 80gb drives.. But if it isn't just partition it..

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The 148GB HDD on my Dell is struggling with the ever growing Digital photo/Music/Video demands placed on it and we want to add a second hard drive. The drive will not be used to run Applications, just as a data store. The question is how big a drive can I install without problems - is there a maximum XP (SP1) can support without recourse to partitioning. File system is NTFS.

Answer:Upgrading Hard Disk - how large can I go

I installed a 300GB hard drive as a slave, but I am thinking of getting a second 300GB to replace my C: drive. But I have SP2 installed for XP Pro.

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I have been suggested to keep my data in a separate drive than my operating system.

Actually, my hard drive is partitioned in two drives, c: and F:

I want to transfers my directory c:\user to f:\user. I did try to copy between them, but some files where not transferred

So what is the best way to do that. After, do I need to do special thing to make sure that all the references will be followed to the new files positions, IE when accessing them via my task manager

Hope I'm clear enough whit my soso English


Answer:Large Transfer of data between drive c: and drive f:

Hi Martin. I had the same problem with some of my movie files. I do not know the official answer. However, it is my experience that the size should not be greater than about 5Gb. If your files are smaller that that, you should not have problems.

Have you tried using SyncToy to the transfering?

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Hi all.

I have an image of my parents computer's old 15GB IDE drive that I used Acronis to create. I've come across an 80GB drive and want to install it. If I use that image, is it going to utilize the extra space or is it only going to create the 15GB parition and another one with the extra space?

I don't have much experiance with Acronis but is there a way to tell it to use all free space?

Answer:Image from small drive to large drive

Acronis will normally not create new partitions unless commanded to do so. The default is to use the free space it finds.

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I did some work for a small company (replacing all PCs with newer PCs). They wanted to donate the PCs to a local youth group that I help out with and I told them I would take care of it.

I now have eight (8) Dell Optiplex Gxi 133 and seven (7) Dell Optiplex Gxi 166. All the hard drives have been fdisked. All hardware is identical (except for the processor). I even picked up nine (9) Dell Lattitude 166.

And may be hard to believe, but company was very good about keeping ALL original documentation and software. (Windows 95 and Office 97).

What would be the easiest software to use to make one good image and then transfer to all the PCs...and one image of the laptops? I really don't have time to individually load everything on each PC and laptop.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!!


Answer:Imaging Large Number of Hard Drives

Best imaging software I know of is Norton Ghost, you can check it out at

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I am transferring a large backup file 229 GB from internal HDD to USB HDD. Halfway through the transfer the transfer rate slows from 25 mb/s to about 8 mb/s. So I pause the transfer on the dialog and it restarts at 25 mb/s. If I had left it it would have taken ages to complete at 8 mb/s. Any ideas why it dropped and why pausing got it back to full speed?


Answer:Transferring large files to USB hard disk

Hi mine does that too it drops when it gets to a big file or the disk is getting used by something else when you pause it the computer must start using paging file in the ram so when you start it's fullspeed again till something else lags it are you running just a desk top plug and play drive or a powered dock type?

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I am a tech at a small sales and service store, and we cannot get scandisk to run on 20 and 27 GB hard drives. We get a not enough memory message, which is not the case, assuredly. Is there any kind of software patch or anyhing else for that matter that will help us along?

Answer:Scandisk not working on large hard drives

Have you tried running it in Safe Mode?

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Ok, i need some help here. Another great win98 question... oh boy!

I'm installing win98se on a Western Digital 80gb hard drive. I need to know how to get it to recognize the large disc, and be able to use the whole size of the disc. I already tried installing it the first time just to see how it handled on it's own... it installed fine.. asked me if i wanted to enable large disc support, and then i just wiped the whole 80gb drive clean and installed win98 on it using it's little utility during setup.

When all was said and done, when i look at mycomputer it reads that the hard drive is actually 3.74gb .

I did a search on here and on google. I'm getting all sorts of results about having to use fdisk to make different partitions, and about using disk partition utilities... what's the quickest and easiest way to do this? I will be installing win98se and then using an upgrade disc to install winME. It's not my computer and this is entirely by the request of the computer's owner. I personally wouldn't touch ME if it weren't for this.

Obviously, i've never done this before. I've always installed win98 on smaller drives.

Thanks for your replies.

Answer:win98 & winME on Large Hard Drives?

update your motherboard bios.

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I'm preparing to build a file server with an 80GB main partition and two 250GB disks for storage and backup.

I want to format them in NTFS, which shouldn't be a problem during the initial partition and format stage I think... but I think that Windows 2000 will have problems seeing all of the large drive, am I correct in all of this? I could be wrong somewhere, please someone point it out.

If I install the SP for 2000, will that resolve the problem, or is there something else I need to do, or nothing at all?

THANKS for any help!


Answer:Windows 2000 and large hard drives

I believe you can set it up as one large drive, SP3 is required.

Good stuff in Data Storage.

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Hello everybody,

I need a hard-drive of about 1 or 1.5 TB, and since I am not really up-to-date with the latest developments, I thought I'd ask people who have a better overall view of these things. My questions are:

(1) Is it worth waiting a bit more until SSD drives become more prevalent, and then grab a cheap 1.5 TB traditional (electromechanical) drive? Although I need storage space quite badly, I'd be willing to wait a bit more if I had reason to believe their prices will drop sharply within a month or so!


(2) Is it true that large capacity (>1TB) traditional (electromechanical) hard drives are more prone to data loss and crashes than "normal" capacity ones (say, around 320 GB)? If so, are other technologies (such as SSD hard-drives, or perhaps even large-capacity USB flash drives) a better overall choice (taking both price and reliability into account), for the moment?

Anticipated thanks for any replies, I really appreciate the help!

Answer:Some advice re large capacity hard-drives please

Hard drives have been around since the 1950s and hence represent proven technology and according to recent news stories are likely to retain the best price/storage ratio for some years to come. Larger capacity drives don't appear to be any more error prone than older ones, but as with all data storage devices you should never rely on just one copy of any digital data that is important to you. USB flash drives have a significantly shorter lifespan than HDDs and as such are not a good bet for long term storage. Personally I would recommend buying one or more external hard drives, eSata if you have it otherwise USB.

When buying HDDs I plot a graph of price against capacity for all the drives in a range (e.g. Hitachi Deskstar series); the point at which the graph deviates from an approximately straight line represents the point after which you start paying a premium for new technology and is a good place to buy. I'd guess this is somewhere around the 1-2Tb mark at the present.



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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken


Go to Solution.

Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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I have XP home edition. I am trying to transfer a large video clip (downloaded from my camcorder) 16.4 GB from "C" drive to my "F" drive.

C drive has only 5.65 GB left now so is running a bit slower which affects the smoothness of playing the clip.

The F drive has 171 GB free space but when I try to drag and drop or "send to" my F drive the system says there is not enough room on the disk !!!

Ideas please?

Many thanks

Tony Harman
London - UK

Answer:Unable to transfer large files between hard drives

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Hi Guys,

Looking for a bit of help with a storage problem I am currently having. Im trying to turn an old PC of mine into a media server, and therefore trying to install a couple of 500GB IDE hard drives to it. Because the PC is old (a Compaq Deskpro EN P3 733) I am pretty sure it only supports 28-bit LBA. So, for what I thought was a solution I purchased a PCI IDE Controller Card / RAID Controller (, and while the RAID BIOS sees the 500GB drive on startup, it doesnt show up within XP.

I tried hooking up an older 80GB hard drive that I know works with they system (and works when hooked up to the on board IDE controller) and that WAS seen by XP even though the 500gb wasnt.

So the questions:
- Do most PCI IDE controllers have built in 48-bit LBA support, even if the motherboard only supports 28-bit LBA?
- Is there a software workaround for this? A little research turned up this - Intel Application Accelerator - - which is supposed to offer 48-bit support on a 28-bit. Anyone used it? Is this likely to fix the problem?

And just to throw another variable in there, I am not sure if the drive was formatted correctly as I did it using the 28-bit system - would this make a difference?

Any help would be brilliant - I have been tearing my hair out with this one!


Answer:Problems with PCI IDE Controller - not seeing large hard drives... Help needed!

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 2:09:24 PM, on 10/14/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exeC:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\NPROTECT.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\nv... Read more

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Hello Bigfoot14,

Can you tell me what problems you are seeing with this computer? It will help in the diagnosis.

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Question: Large H/Drive

I have just bought a Maxtor+nine 200Gb hard drive on Ebay and my computer can not see it. I have had the jumper on slave with the installed H/D on master and tried just running the new drive as master with the installed one unplugged.
The black plug is indeed plugged into the new hard drive on its own, on starting the screen reads "Auto-detecting Pri Master = Not Detected.
Then goes on to say "Boot Failure" insert boot diskette in A drive.
( I am running XP Pro)

Answer:Large H/Drive

Just checking.. "can not see" means what?

It is also importand what plug you plug into what when you use 80-wire IDE cables. Are you sure the black connector goes to the master and the greay one to slave?

And since it's eBay.. you might have been just plain shafted and bought a dead drive

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maxtor hd 30Gb

trying to install XP on it as an entire c: \ drive instead of 2Gb partition and 27.xx Gb

i've fdisked, Y for large disk support, formatted c:, deleted the primary dos partition (2Gb) , left the EXT DOS and made it active (27Gb) as there was no way to delete it.

then installed XP on a FAT32 format and still get this C: 2Gb and D: 27Gb crap..

tried partition magic to "merge" partitions, and that crapped out in the restart..

so how can i get XP installed on the C: \ drive

could I be limiting myself by using a win98 boot disk ?

I'll be attaining a fresh new maxtor 60Gb drive in a few days, how should i go about making that one big c: \ drive ?

suggestions pls..

Answer:want one large C:\ drive ??

Hello and Welcome to TSF

I would use NTFS file system

Look this over it may help

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).

2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:


3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:

Value name: EnableBigLba
Data type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0x1

Hope it helps!

Answer:How to access more than 137gb on large hard disks in Windows 2000

Needs Windows 2000 SP3 or later.

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I Have just bought a philips external hard disk drive. it has 75gb of space but wont let me transfer files of 4.5gb. i have sucessfully transfered a file of 1.3 gb but it says 4.5gb is to large to fit on the drive. can anyone tell me what is going on, or what setting i have to change to solve this problem.

Answer:External hard disk wont accept large files

Sounds like it is formatted as FAT32. You could convert it to NTFS click here

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Hi, I just bought a Thinkpad Edge 14. The C: drive is 500Gb. I want to partition it to reduce C: drive to 20Gb, but Win7 only lets me shrink it by about 200Gb. Do I need to reinstall Win7 to partition C: drive? What exact steps should I follow? Thanks,Alex

Answer:C: drive too large, how do I partition it?

Hello mate, If you want to partition your disk you'll have to format it. Generally to do that I use a Linux Live CD.

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I had to do a fresh install on a new drive. A Seagate Barracuda 500GB. Win xp sp2 does not see the whole drive only 137GB. The registry entry is correct for (EnablebigLBA set at 1) and the bios version is current. Any ideas on how to see the rest of my drive? Tried F6 on install but the software tries to load driver for large disk support from A drive. Only have the CD. Driver listed on the website was too big to fit on a floppy.

winxp sp2
AMD Dual Core Opteron 180
3GB ram
Asus A8VE SE
Seagate SATA Barracuda 500GB
ThermalTake Purpower 500 PS
BIOS V 1010

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Considering buying a HP pavillion HPE h8-1170uk.

This PC comes with only one massive 2TB hard drive
1. would it be wise to partition this drive and what would you recomend
2. would it be better to clone this drive to a smaller one if so would this be complicated.
3. or would it be better to leave the drive as it is.

Regards Roy

Answer:HP desktop large drive

It will likely come with at least 3 partitions:

System Reserved (very small, about 200 MB)
Recovery (maybe 10 or 15 GB)
C: for Windows

And maybe even a fourth partition, such as for tools of some type.

That's OK, as long as you never have to add another partition. If so, you would have to use an extended partition--which is doable.

There are advantage and disadvantages to single or multiple partitions. It's mostly personal preference. There's nothing necessarily wrong with 1 huge partition, subdivided only by folders. If you chop the drive up into 5 or 6 partitions, you may end up running out of space on a partition sooner than you expected---which is a pain.

You could do this:

Make DVD recovery disks when you get the PC. These discs serve the same purpose as the recovery partition. If you have the DVDs, you could delete the recovery partition and still be able to restore to factory condition.

You can delete any "tools" partition to the extent you don't need the tools. You can likely find equivalent or better tools on your own.

You could even move the stuff on System Reserved to C and then delete System Reserved.

You probably won't get a Windows install disc, but you could download a legal Windows ISO file, burn it to a disc, reinstall Windows from scratch, and set up your partitions any way you choose in the process. The HP will probably have all kinds of crap on it that you won't want and you can avoid all of that with a clean install after burning recove... Read more

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I recently experienced some problems with my computer and when I set up a Nova Backup to my external drive I noticed some files on my C drive that I hadn't seen before. Since they had a date and time stamp exactly at the time my problem occurred (9/8 11:55am), I was worried about them. They have now changed to 9/17 and I have seen some reference to them when I googled them, so I guess they're legit but I'm still not clear what they are about. Seems odd I never noticed them before when I set up a backup.

The files are:
hiberfil.sys 6.6GB
pagefil.sys 1.3GB
swapfil.sys 2.6MB

Could you please explain these and when they change and what they are used for?

Thank you!

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Answer:Large Fragment in C drive

I dual boot 98SE & XP pro but rarely use 98 now. Consequently, I don't even bother to defrag it (it is the 'C' drive). However, I noticed that it was now nearly full and didn't know why. when I defraged it it left a huge Red line. I checked the report and it had the following - 2 3.94 GB \FOUND.000\FILE0000.CHKWhat is this file(s)? It doesn't show up anywhere in the 'C' drive (does that mean its in the root?) and how do I get rid of it? I have noticed that my compuetr has slowed recently, is this the cause?

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Pertinent Info:
Windows 7 HP x64
16 GB RAM installed
1 TB HDD / 4 Partitions (1 Primary + 3 Logical - Extended)
Avast Free Anti-virus
I hope I've posted this to the correct forum.
My C-drive is located on a 204 GB partition but I have less than 90.0 GB of available space. Yet, all folders & their subfolders in root directory (excluding hidden system files, I'm assuming) total around 53.1 GB.
After running WinDirStat, I see that pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys, winsxs, & an "Unknown" file (System Restore?) are taking up large amounts of space. 
I wanted to know the following:
1) Is it recommended to disable/delete Hibernation since I'm on a desktop? And why do I even have a hiberfil.sys file? It's not a Shut Down option, only Sleep is listed, and I have 16 GB RAM.
2) Can I shrink the pagefile (safely) w/o experiencing performance issues? Or relocate the file to the next closest partition?
3) What is the recommended percentage of disk space for SystemRestore points? BTW, I only have it configured to make ShadowCopies of C, not any of the other partitions.
Thank you.

Answer:OS using large amount of C-Drive & I don't know why

Hi SoNotAGeek You're right that on a desktop, hibernation isn't really useful, except if you want to save some electricity. Personally, I disabled it on mine and I never had an issue with it. And so does all the desktop computers at my workplace. If you disable it, it should solve the hiberfil.sys problem by removing it. Here's a good tutorial from SevenForums showing you how to disable Hibernation mode under Windows 7: can safely shrink the pagefile.sys file without expericing performance issues. If you are to use your full 16GB of RAM, then it's either by mistake (not intended) or on purpose for a very specific task and that task shouldn't really on the pagefile.sys file to maintain the rest of the processes. Here's an article on HowToGeek showing you how to shrink the pagefile.sys file: can decide to disable it (if you read the whole article and decide to do so), or simply manage it manually and set the sizes yourself.Also, the recommended amount of disk usage for the System Restore can depend on the size of your hard drive and how often you need it. I would suggest you to always keep between 5-10 Restore Points and once it exceed that point, to flush the older ones. Reason is that restore points can easily become corrupted, therefore unusable and keeping only a few of them, but good ones, makes it ... Read more

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I have just bought XP Home SP1 (retail) to replace the XP Home SP2 (retail) that I originally bought for my self-built (with help) PC and then I noticed the following posts:

------------------------------------ from you...
"if the OP is running windows SP2 that could be a prob too, i found it slowed down the system, the only reason i had it on was for my 320 gig hard drive. i have since taken it off as i found a LBA reg entry to fix it
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Atapi\Parameters]"EnableBigLba"=dword: value, 1 "
------------------------------------ and elsewhere...
"Basically XP has bother seeing the full drive when it is bigger than 137 Mb. To see larger drives requires a combination of Hardware, (the right Mobo & Bios), and the right software, (XP SP2). Your experience is common in these days of cheap really big drives."

I also found SP2 to be a dog - very slow. When I called MS about it, they said that Yes, it was slower than SP1. I have my own security measures - I don't want Microsoft's half-baked "security."

Am I going to have problems reading my WD Caviar ATA100 320GB hard drive with SP1?
Can I use the registry tweak you mentioned above to fix this - with no problems? I'm already concerned about the MANY tweaks I will have to re-do. I think I kept track of all of them, but you know how it goes.... I dread it.

My self-built (with help) PC is les... Read more

Answer:Large drive issue with XP-SP1?

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I have the exact same HD and the exact same problem!

Are u saying that if installed VISTA it would have recognised the larged HD ?

im getting partition magic now to stretch it obviously im not going to fully install when ive only got half my HD running, i was freaking out when i seen only 131

Let me know what yo udid to overcome the problem cheers

Answer:W2K Large drive recognition

villa33 said:

I have the exact same HD and the exact same problem!

Are u saying that if installed VISTA it would have recognised the larged HD ?

im getting partition magic now to stretch it obviously im not going to fully install when ive only got half my HD running, i was freaking out when i seen only 131

Let me know what yo udid to overcome the problem cheersClick to expand...

No, it is a twofold process. Your bios must support lba [large hd] and the os must support it as well. You need to check that your bios supports lba before installing any os.

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Question: enable large drive

I have windows xp pro sp3. How do I enable it to see large drives?
Thanks, Debbie

Answer:enable large drive

You need to provide more information.

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If you have installed a large hard disk of size say 2 terabytes or more on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 you may find that the computer may start slowly.
WHY? KB2505454 explains that this issue occurs because the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider is being initialized.
To fix this issue, you will have to specifically request for and apply a hotfix from Microsoft Support.

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Whenever I try to do a completely normal (explorer) copy of large files between two ordinary internal disk partitions, explorer reports (and takes) 90% of infinity to do it! It starts out telling me it'll take 20 mins, then 40, then 60, then 240, and on and on. Obviously, I usually cancel them, since I don't have weeks or months to copy a single file!

We're talking about a 4 GB or so file or folder, so it really shouldn't be a big deal. I am NOT copying from a CD/DVD or to/from a network; these are ordinary files on ordinary disks.

I have gobs of memory available (1GB installed, very little in use at the time). My disks are quite fast (10,000 RPM SATAs). My CPU is quite fast (3.2 GHz, hyper-threaded Intel P4). Every other copy of smaller files completes very quickly. I have only an ordinary anti-virus util running, and I've tried completely disabling it and it made no difference.

What is going on??

System Config:

Motherboard: Abit IS7 -- Socket 478
Processor: Intel Pentium 4(c) CPU 3.2GHz (Northwood), hyper-threaded
Chipset: Intel i865-ICH5 chipset (Intel 865/848 Springdale)
Storage Controllers: Intel(R) 82801EB/ER Ultra ATA (x2)
Total Memory: 1GB Micron/Crucial DDR-SDRAM
Video Adapter : RADEON 9200 Series
Audio: Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1

Hard Disk : WDC WD3200JD-22KLB0
Hard Disk : WDC WD740GD-00FLC0
Hard Disk : WD External HDD Device IEEE 1394 SBP2 Device
CD/DVD : _NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A FW: 2.19

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Answer:SUPER-Slow large file copy on internal hard drives!

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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