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Installing Win XP Pro SP2 on two 250GB HDD

Question: Installing Win XP Pro SP2 on two 250GB HDD

I have two 250GB hard drive in my pc and I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2. It's running on an Abit motherboard with Athlon 64 dual core 4400+ CPU. I got the computer from a friend and decided to do a clean install so I deleted the previous partions and made a new one. It went through the whole formatting process fine then went through the windows setup. It then did an automatic reboot but right after POST it gave me an error message. It said Trap followed by 0000005c ==============EXCEPTION=========================== and a series of hexdecimal messages afterworsd. I've done this twice and had the same problem and I just wanted to know if you guys knew anything about this?

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Answer: Installing Win XP Pro SP2 on two 250GB HDD

Greetings gfx dude, Welcome to TSF!

Firstly, you only need to install the Operating System one ONE of the HDD's not both of them.
The second HDD can be connected as a "Slave" and can be used to 'save' everything that you download, plus emails and other data, such as music etc.
I suggest that you check the CD for scratches and marks; wipe it very gently from the centre to the edges with a lint free cloth.
To give you the best chance of getting Windows? installed without hassles, such as those you are experiencing, is to completely wipe the HDD with Darik's Boot N Nuke.
Wiping the HDD this way will completely erase everything off the HDD and take it back to a RAW unformatted state, as if it had just come out of the factory.

Just so that you do not forget anything when doing the installation, please read this...

The Windows? XP Installation Check List.

1. The Windows? XP SP2-CD (naturally)

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke (Click the coloured Link).

3. Please read this guide.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A couple of tips...
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4? hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD).

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows? how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra partition, it will not be active until you do so after the installation is over and done with...we can give you guidance as to how this is done, so partition away if you wish.

c. Once the installation is finished, with all the Motherboard Drivers installed, and Internet connected, I strongly recommend that you install a reputable Anti Virus program first; then, go to the Windows Update Site and download all the updates (including SP3).
AVG? is has a very good free version available here.

d. DO NOT have any unnecessary items; such as, USB cameras, Printers etc., attached to the machine...install all these after the installation is finished, and fully updated from Microsoft?.

If you are uncertain about anything here, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

Good Luck with this task, and when you have finished, please post back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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Hi there..I have a 250GB SATA HD drive and trying to load XP on to it...all that happens is that the files load from the XP CD onto the HDD but the menu screen does not appear...I can view the files when logged in from a IDE drive but the whole XP software is not on the SATA drive.I have seen other advice which states I require chipset drivers to load onto my system from floppy drive after pressing F6 for RAID drives present?? The drivers downloaded are 7.5 MB...a bit big to go on a floppy!!Any help please would be much appreciated..The system is an HP xw9300 computer.many thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

You should have a Floppy Disc with the Raid Driver on It to enable XP to see the drive.Setup will ask If you have a disc for the Raid Driver. Take a look on the CD for Raid Drivers & how to create a Floppy Disc, if not have a look on your Motherboard's website.Regards.

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We removed old disks from my reliable but sluggish Dell Pentium 4 and installed a new Hitachi 250GB drive. Windows XP installed fine, but the system will not reboot after we install SP2. Tried twice, rolling back to the previous configuration.

Tried installing SP1 (fine) and several critical updates THEN SP2, but same problem; after the "successful" install the system must be restarted, but now it will not boot. Instead we see the message saying Windows cannot start, and giving options for booting in safe mode (this works), booting in safe mode with networking (does NOT work). We have tried F8 at startup & tried Debug mode, but this just took us back the same menu (Safe, Safe w/networking, Last known good, etc.).

We have already checked for BIOS updates, and found none available.

Any ideas?
Thanks
 

Answer:Installing Windows XP on new Hitachi 250GB drive, won't reboot after SP2

Update on this problem: with the restart on failure disabled we were able to proceed a bit further, and have now disabled our AVG virus s/w, and rolled back again to run a disk check... before trying SP2 again.
 

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hello, i have been having trouble installing a new hard drive on my system.
don't laugh but it is a
hp pavilionxt963 (it was free)
CPU:intel celron 1200 mhz
mobo: ASUS CUW-AW/MEW-AM
Chipset: Intel 810E (whitney) + 1CH
Video:nVidia GeForce MX 4000
Hard Drive: Samsung SV4002H 40GB

i have a seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata st3250823as
that i am trying to install for storage.
i have a syba 2 channel pci controler card that the drivers are reconized and works properly. but when i reboot after using discwizard, it gives me an error message.
i have even change pci slots and still get this:
-expansion rom not initialized- pci mass storage controller
bios:01, device:0A, funtion:00
 

Answer:trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

That's not necessarily an error message..

Can you see anything that would show the controller recognising the attahced Seagate? Do you see the drive in Windows?
 

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I was reading threads about installing drivers for Raid.

right now I have a single WD SATA 250GB corsair harddrive.
as of right now I don't plan on installing a 2nd hardrive

so going without a raid set up will Vista recognize my sata harddrive and allow me to install Vista on to it?
I have the driver CD that came with the hardrive. but I didn't plan on installing a (A) drive.

I remember with IDE drives XP PRO used the drivers off the Windows install CD.
then once I was finished installing XP Pro I went back and used the cd that came with my
WD80GB hardrive to update the drivers /utilities .

is it only Raid drivers that are not on the Windows install CD or is it that SATA drivers are not on there either?
do I still need to make a sata driver disket and install a (A)drive?
 

Answer:installing single WD SATA 250GB with Vista Home Premium?

SATA should be supported by Vista natively, so if you have no RAID set up, it should install normally.

Vista will have drivers for most everything else, but you may still need to download a couple, like graphics, from the manufacturer.
 

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???
 

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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Hi, I want to buy a new hard drive for my desktop PC, and I was wondering if the western digital black 250GB hard drive or western digital enterprise 250GB hard drive would work better for such a PC. Both of the HDDs I mentioned are SATA, in case you're wondering.
 

Answer:Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

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As the subject line says, I'm looking for a 250Gb HD to add a second HD to my main PC.Any suggestions/recommendations?Cheers

Answer:Which 250Gb HD should I go for?

That it's an E-IDE drive that I'm after, not a SATA one.

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I wanto buy a samsung evo 850 ssd which is expensive for my budget but i think itll be worth it...
I need advice as i dont know if i need the 500gb as opposed to the 250gb.
Ill only be having my os and a maybe 2 games (overwatch and league of legends) and ill only be watching youtube and movies and doing homework via microsoft office. Will 250gb run out easy if i get it?
Thnks in advance.

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Question: 250gb and beyond

Hi all first post and yep theres a problem.... first the specs
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum board
64bit amd chip
2gb crucial ram 3500
MSI FX5900SP VTD256 ddr
100gb ide
deskstar 250gb ide
deskstar 250gb ide
3 yamaha scsi dvd writers

quite a simple problem you would think....i need both of the 250gig drives to be unpartitioned ( os on one drive). so its down to the 137gb problem. all of the solutions i have read so far is based on the sp1 and sp 2 route .I.e format the drive at 137gig then install windows xp pro and, then update with the pro pack and the drive should be showing at 250gb , im not having too much luck with this approach has anyone any other ideas ?
 

Answer:250gb and beyond

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Hi guys, I want to connect my ps3 hard drive on pc to use it on pc, so when I get my new computer I can use it with it straight away, but right now I want to use it on my current pc, I plugged in both the one cable and the other one (sata), that goes from power supply cable to the HDD.

when I booted the pc it said installing device drive software, and said, device is ready to use, I go to my computer, and it ain't there, do I have to set it as secondary in bios?

Win7 Ultimate final rev

It's automatically set as fourth IDE master. restarted pc and still doesn't show up, I heard I need to format, is that true? like that to know if I should re-gain windows 7 disk

Oh and t's actually 320gb
 

Answer:250gb hdd ps3 on pc?

Open up Disk Management (in the admin tools control panel), it should show up in there. I'd delete all the partitions and create 1 new one that incorporates the whole disk. Then format as NTFS.
 

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Hi
I have looked through previos questions but couldn't find a solution. I have a 250g USB driven HDD not recognised by ny PC. I used the HDD on my TV so I think it will probably need reformatting. When plugged in it appears in Disk Management but without a drive letter and when I right click on the drive most of the options, including allocate letter are greyed out. Any solutions?
TIA

Answer:USB 250GB HDD not recognised by PC

I would recommend PartedMagic, it is now paid for software, but at only $4.99 it is a sound investment. Download it, burn it to a cd or put it on a USB stick and boot from it.
Have the suspect drive connected and PartedMagic should be able to see it and it will enable you to format the drive, whatever the existing filesystem is.

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hello,i have installed a 250GB Western Digital Caviar HD on my system. but i cant seem to get the full 250 GBi have installed XP PRO and service pack 1 but its showing 233GB and it says that its using 106 GB i dont know what to do to have the full 250GB showing, you guys have any pointers pleasethanksVJP4 3.2Ghz HTAsus P4 C800 E-Deluxe512mb PC3200 DDR RAMSapphire All In Wonder Radeon 9800 ProWestern Digital 250 GB Hard DriveAntec 350W PSU

Answer:cant get full 250GB

The drive manufacturers reckon a kilo is 1000 (reasonable, I suppose), but the rest of the computer world regards it as 1024.So a 250Gb drive is 250/1.024/1.024/1.024 = 233Gb.

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Hi

I've recently reinstall a fresh copy of XP Pro, I got a Gigabyte 8inxp MB, a WD 250GB install on primary channel as Master, with 2 partition, 125GB each

I've also got a Maxtor 250GB connect to ATA133 card

Before, I got everything up and running , then I install Maxtor drive, card, and Maxblast 3

and I have drive C = 125GB, D = 125GB, and G = 250GB(this is the Maxtor)

then I do a boot-from-cd and install a fresh copy of XP Pro
now I cannot see my Maxtor

I tried to use my Maxblast3 software to mount the drive, but it say it only detect the Windows drive, therefore it won't let me run

When I tried to run Maxblast3 in DOS (from a floppy), I have to format and erase everything, I don't want to do that, I have some important documents on that drive that I do not want to lose

all drive were NTFS
 

Answer:Cannot see my Maxtor 250GB

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Maxtor 250

Just put a Maxtor 250 GB into my mate's machine, Maxblast3 will only let me have 137GB, Windows XP will only see it as 31.4GB. I've managed to partition & format it in my own machine correctly but when I put it back in his, it F***s up again

I've updated the Via 4in1, the bios is already updated to the latest version

I'm guessing a new MB is in order ??????
 

Answer:Maxtor 250GB seen as 137

i've had that 2 with my 200Gb, windows only allowed 138Gb
do you have SP1 installed cuz that seemed to do the trick on with my 200Gb


:grinthumb The best of Luck :grinthumb
Greetz Selage
 

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hello i have formatted my new Portable HD after 4months but its showing used space 97mb can anyone pls tell me is that normal or is there sum problem ? i mean it should show used space 0 bytes ?

Answer:WD Portable 250GB HD

Is the file NTFS or other i.e. FAT32?

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I've been looking at some of the features in Samsung Magician, and ran the Benchmark test twice. Both times I got very high scores, above the max listed in the program for all 4 tests. I have the drive set to MAXIMUM RELIABILITY. Just wondering about the scores reliability.

Scores in Parentheses are Samsung 's listed maximum high:

Sequential Read
549 mb (540)
Seq write
532mb (520)
Random read
97442 (97000)
Random write
70189 (66000)
 

Answer:Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250gb

Benchmarks are artificial at best [and a benchmark from the mfg is tailored to that particular piece of hardware] I would think you would get different results using a another benchmark program such as ATTO.

In short do not put too much emphasis on any given benchmark. Modern ssd drives are reliable and it should last for quite a while so I would not worry about the drive.
 

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Question: Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

I just bought a new deskstar 250Gb Hdd which I am trying to install in my Compaq Pressario S3190UK

I know its got to be set to slave but I wasnt sure if I should set it up as a
16 head, a 15 head , 32 byte clip or auto spin dissable and all of those choises are available on the drive

I went for 16 heads and booted up

In " my computer " the new drive does not appear ( I still see all my original drives there) yet in System/Hardware /device manager it shows up under drives and on clicking its properties it says this device is working properly

Without seeing it in the " my computer folder " I cant really format or partition it so I then tried partition magic
That saw it fine and reported its size correctly . I told it to create an ntfs partition and use all the drive . It changed color as it should and all that was left was to click on make changes now but when I did that it went straight back to tell me the new drive had no partitions created

I tried various combinations, of primary or logical drive , small or large partitions and fat or ntfs but always it refuses the last step of actually creating the partition .
What am I doing wrong ?

Regards

Don
 

Answer:Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

First I will assume your drive is showing up as the full size in the bios and is corrrectly identified.

If you are using either xp or win2k. Go to disk management; start>run type in diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. See if your drive shows up there; it should be listed as disk1, disk0 will be the master drive. If it shows up there, you need to partition and format the drive. Right click on the drive and choose to create a partition; I like extended partitions for data / storage drives. After you create the partition, right click again and choose to create logical drive. You can make the entire drive one partition or organize it into say 3 logical drives; whatever you want. After you create the logical drive you will need to format them. Again right click on the logical drive and choose format. Use ntfs for your drive. In fact if you use partitions greater than 32 gig, fat32 is not even an option.

Just think about how you want it organized before you start.
 

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I've recently installed a new MSI KT3 Ultra motherboard, and a new 250 gig western digi hard disk. Now, in the bios it recognises that the drive is 250 gigs however when i setup xp it only recognises it upto 130 gig and won't see the full size of the drive.I know 48-bit LBA mode addressing needs to be enabled and as far as I can see it is turned on in the BIOS and as i say, the bios recognises it as 250 gig but windows doesnt and only shows it as 130 gig.Any ideas?

Answer:BIOS Says 250GB HDD... XP says 130?

bump

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Hello,
 
I do not know what happened.. but I lost... 250gb+ of my files in my laptop. On the HDD where was 40gb free space now there is 326gb..
Most of my programs that I had... they just disappear... same with the movies.. (but for example .3gp files still are there)
Moreover, option "restore system" was disabled...
 
Those are logs from the OTL.. I dont know if it will help...
OTL - http://wklej.to/wfa5K
Extras - http://wklej.to/l4yKb
 
I gave this laptop to a computer shop.. but all they did was trying to install antivirus.. then they did that checkdisk when you start the computer... before the login window (it took like 2h or maybe even more)... after that I took the computer back...
Now I dont know what to do, because files can be overwritten, due to the system partition.
And giving this laptop to a professional shop that is specialized in restoring files will cost me SO MUCH.
 
I beg you for help... on the HDD I had very important things
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Greetings,
 
Btw: Sorry for my english.. I hope you can understand everything

Answer:250gb disappear from hdd

Hello, please repost your question with the full OTL log here so we can advance.
 
Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs

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Question: SIMPLEDRIVE 250GB

I HAVE A SIMPLEDRIVE 250GB MOD # 96300-40001-001 THAT IS NOT WORKING I CAN NOT ACCESS IT ON A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP ANY THOUGHTS?

Answer:SIMPLEDRIVE 250GB

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Please do not type in all caps. It is considered rude and yelling.

How have you gone about connecting the drive to your PC?

Does Disk Management see the drive?

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I purchased a new samsung eco drive 1tb hdd to add on to my custom built pc. I currently have the 250gb partitioned with xp on it. I installed XP on the new 1tb and when i have both hdd hooked up, XP gets a blue screen of death with the 250GB... if i unhook either one of the drives and run them alone, they run fine.
I updated the bios, chipset drivers, etc...
 

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My T510 is getting that and i'm not sure if it's enough space or speed.   is $63 dollars worth a 320gb 7200rpm hd?

Answer:Is 250gb 5400rpm hd enough?

whether it is enough depend on how much programs you have and how much you store on the laptop. 

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Hello, I'm hoping I can find a solution to my problem here as I couldn't find one elsewhere on the net.
I have a laptop and currently have a 120GB hard drive in an external enclosure. I have just bought a new 250GB hard drive and have installed it in the external enclosure. Though partitioning and formating the 120GB was a breeze, I've had nothing but problems with the new 250GB.
Below are the specs of what I'm working with. In both Partion Magic and in the Win2000 Disk Management, it correctly displays the 250GB drive (233GB). Regardless of which program I use (ie. Partion Magic, Win Disk Management, command line FORMAT) I get problems.
Generally, what will happen is it will partition fine. Then it will begin to the formatting process (VERY slowly) and then either throw an error either during or at the end of the process. And this is when I try to format a very small partition (ie. 100MB). I have successfully formated a 10MB partition. On a large partition (ie. 30GB) the format process will start but will not progress.
The only two things I can think of is that the drive is faulty, or because I am booting my OS from a floppy there is some sort of recognition problem.
I can't run the diagnosis software from Maxtor because that requires the drive to be installed internally.
So any help to this problem will be greatly appreciated.
Additionally, how long should it generally take to format the 250GB drive in its entirety?

Comp: Toshiba Satellite 2805-S201
OS: Win2... Read more

Answer:What's with the 250GB Drive

HHhhhhhmmm...sounds like a bad drive to me. Do you have a desktop computer that you can use to attempt to format the drive??

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Hello, I just ran out of room on my 500GB HDD, Its a 7200 RPM and I like the speed of it. I started looking for a new HDD when I came across an 60GB SSD. I never thought of buying an SSD before. Now I can't decide if I should get the SSD or the HDD ( same price) I need a new drive for linux, but my current drive only has 3GB left. I was going to partition 30GB to linux and keep 30 for Windows. Then transfer my OS to the remaining 30GB, that would free some room. I am a gamer so I need alot of room for games. If I get the 250GB HDD then I would have alot of room for more games and linux. But then I would not be able to boot Windows 7 in seconds. What should I get?

My specs:
Intel core i5 2500K ( stock speed )
MSI - H61M-P20(G3)
8GB of Vengeance DDR3 RAM @ 1333 CAS 7
GTX 550 Ti 1 GB ( Overclocked )
1 500GB 7200 Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD
500W PSU.

Answer:SSD 60GB or HDD 250GB?

Go with an SSD. If you choose the 60GB SSD, you will have just enough space for the OS and a Office Suite and a few other apps before you start to run out of space. If you can afford it, go with a minimum of 128GB SSD as your primary drive, then wipe your 500GB mechanical drive and use as a storage drive.

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Hi,

I'm sure this is simple, but I can't figure it out and searching google hasn't found me any answers. I am building a new system. It all works fine. But I have a WD 250GB hard drive I"m using. When I boot from WinXP Pro CD, and go to format the drive and install the OS, it only tells me I can format 130GB of space. Nowhere to be found is the rest of my drive...

Any thoughts as to what I"m doing wrong here?

Thanks!
Kimberly
 

Answer:XP won't format whole 250GB HD

Hi, if the version of Windows on the install CD pre-dates Service Pack 2, you will get this problem.

Microsoft added the ability for Windows to see hard drives bigger than 137 GB in Service Pack 1 (and Service Pack 2).

If you have access to another PC, download Service Pack 2 (which includes Service Pack 1 btw), and integrate it into your install source and burn a new CD from which you can install. You can find good instructions for doing that here:

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

You can download Service Pack 2 (full 266 MB package) from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...BE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

As a workaround, you can create a partition less than 137 GB, install Windows, and then install Service Pack 2 and you will be able to access the rest of the hard drive. Then you can partition the rest from the Computer Management interface (right-click "My Computer" > Manage...)
 

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hi ,everybody i have a dell d600 laptop with a 40 gb harddrive and 2 gb memory . my question is i am trying to install a 250 gb harddrive ,but the laptop doesn't recognise the drive ,so i can't install windows on it . i even bought vista .the laptop won't recognise the drive .help
 

Answer:250GB Hdd Not Recognized

Hi,

What do you mean the laptop won't recognize the 250GB drive? Do you mean in the BIOS? When trying to install Windows? You can try to download a linux LiveCD like Knoppix or Damn Samll Linux and boot from that (F9 or F12 at the Dell BIOS) and see if it sees it. If so, format with QTParted or Fdisk and then try Windows again. Maybe the drive is bad.

Let me know if this helps.

Adrian
 

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Hi My os : Win10 64 BitSSD : 250GB SamsungBefore posting here I searched here for a solution and i only thread that i find is here l Even if i shrink many of the software out there clones entire disk! Tried Macrium Reflect as per a CNET video, it says not possible to clone to my 250 GB ssd and my C drive is only 105GB with some software like AutoCAD etc.Any solution for this ?

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Hi,
I just bought a maxtor DiamondMax10 250GB HDD...
and i bought an external case so i can use it on my laptop(toshiba A-50)..

I have used a 400GB external Drive on the same laptop before..
I have also used 200GB external drive before on the same laptop..
all of my previous hdd were western digital....

The problem is:
I wanted to format (partition) the hdd... but the computer said that the capacity (unformatted) is around 2 TB
i tried to format it as one partition, it wont do it...
I tried to minimize the capacity to an acceptable (close to real) level (set it to 230Gb) but it wont do it...

I tried to format it using FAT32, and it worked but to a maximum of 200Gb, it is ok... but the problem is that i can only use 10 GB after that the harddrive gives an error (write-protected)...

1- have anyone used Maxtor drives before as externals???
2- Have any one came across this problem before ???
3- Will it work in a normal PC or not?? (just to format it)... because getting a pc in here is quite difficult

Thanks in advance....

NOTE:
I used the windows XP disk managment tool...
and i used also Partition Magic 8.0....
all with the same results...
 

Answer:problem... 250Gb Hdd is seen as 2TB !!

What external are you putting the drive in?
 

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Question: 250gb hd problem

Hitachi 250gb hd, was working fine, everything was ok. It was split into two partitions a 128Gb clip, and a 104 gb clip. The 128gb clip had information on it. Now the drive is recognized in bios properly. When it boots to windows it comes up as 8gb, and has information on it, but I can't access it. One more thing the drive now says fat, when originialy it was ntfs. Under manager, The drive says it is split at 138g and 104 gb. Any ideas? when I run a drive test the drive says it has a bad cable, I swapped the cable out three or four times, to no avail.

I think I have it all listed, oh windows xp home, installed on it's own drive.
 

Answer:250gb hd problem

Has nothing to do with drivers or Spyware, it is more of a Bios issue. What is the manufacturer and model of the computer that this drive is in? Also, do you have SP2 installed for XP?
 

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My 30gb harddrive in my computer died a few weeks ago and a scoured the stores for a new hd. I found a Maxtor 250gb hard drive on sale at Fry's for $140. It was a great deal for the space but I have some questions on it's performance. It's P-ATA 133 with an 8mb cache,a seek time of 9.3ms and rotates at 7,200 RPM. I do a lot of multiasking with Everquest and just general gaming so my pagefile is huge and constantly used. I also do some video editing.

My real question is how does it rate for my needs. Should I look at buy another smaller hard drive to use as my main or keep use this as my only hard drive?

I have the hard drive split into two partitions right now and am wondering which partion actually is on the outside of the platters so I can properly put the pagefile in it's place? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Some questions about a new 250gb harddrive

I have the drive. Its currently the only drive, and I use a separate partition for the pagefile, but don't see (and didn't expect) a performance improvement. I have a rig with the swapfile on separate drives and it was noticably faster. So I would definately recommend a keeping the old drive - wherever you put the OS, keep the swapfile on the other one.
 

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Computer info:

HP Vectra
VL420 MT
WinXP Home SP2
LBA on
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.00 GHz
HP System board A08
Chipset: Intel i845 Rev: A3
Southbridge: Intel 82801BA (1CH2)
BIOS: American Megatrends, Inc.
Version: JA.01.07US
Graphic Interface Version: AGP version 2.0
Intel(R) 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
SD RAM 512 MB
PC133
NTFS
(did I miss anything?)

I appologize in advance for the long read.

This computer came with only a 10GB Seagate drive. It has less than 300MB left of unused memory, so I tried installing a 250GB Maxtor. It is only recognized as 30GB in the BIOS. I don't understand this because I have WinXP SP2 and LBA is enabled in the BIOS -
Not only that, but I have another 300GB Seagate that I want to install as a slave (I had previously installed this one as a slave to the 10GB but had the same problem with only 64GB being recognized.
I don't understand why my BIOS isn't recognizing it at it's full capacity since I have the latest version of BIOS and LBA is indeed enabled (I thought SP2 was supposed to correct this problem).

My hope is that someone out there can walk me through this step by step (from erasing the disk to installation) because I've been working on this thing all day long and nothing I've tried seems to work. The 10GB drive has to go. I want to install the 250GB drive as my master, copy the 10GB drive to it (I have Casper XP 3.0 for this purpose), and then install the 300GB drive ... Read more

Answer:250GB drive is seen only as 30GB

Did the Maxtor not come with a setup disc .....?
When you go to control panel / admin tools / computer management / disc management and right click on the "free" space of that drive what options do you get?
 

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Hi I have an Acer T135 -S870 and would like to install a 250 Gb SATA drive but it is not recognised in the Bios or through Linux Mint that is installed at present on my 80Gb drive in the T135-S870 Could you help me please in solving this problem.

Answer:250Gb drive not recognised

Have you tried to connect only the new hdd with the same cable of the old HDD?

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Bought a new 250 g hd for my box. I want to install xp pro. I am at the stage where it shows 1 partition at 131 gb

Xp pro disk in cd bay, boot disk in floppy.

Any help would be appreciated
Dave
 

Answer:New 250gb hd 131 showing? Partition Help??

Plain-Jane XP by default will only recognize drives up to 132GB. If you create an SP2 slipstreamed CD using autostreamer, it will recognize the full drive upon install. Or, complete your install, update to SP2 and then use the "diskmgmt.msc" command in the "run" line to format the remaining hard drive as a second partition.

Autostreamer: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4444
 

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Hi I have an Acer T135 -S870 and would like to install a 250 Gb SATA drive but it is not recognised in the Bios or through Linux Mint that is installed at present on my 80Gb drive in the T135-S870 Could you help me please in solving this problem.

Answer:250Gb drive not recognised

Have you tried to connect only the new hdd with the same cable of the old HDD?

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I have a 250GB which seems to have failed entirely now. It's still detectable by Windows - is there any way I can recover the files? They're really important to me. I don't care what it cost to recover them, but of course cheaper the better
 

Answer:250GB Seagate HD failed

Contacy seagate. They should be able to help you.
 

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Hi, Does anyone have any experience of this USB External hard drive? I think my Western Digital 'My Book' is going to pack up soon, so need to find a replacement. Yesterday i asked about a Buffalo drive and got some positive responses, but this one looks good too (and tiny in size). Thanks - Tony

Answer:Seagate 250gb FreeAgent Go/2.5

I use a Buffalo drive however, and it's extremely reliable - the only irritation is the incessant humming noise the drive motor makes.

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My 4gb USB pendrive appears as only 250mb (EDITED NOW )! What can I do? I have tried using the format option on right click...

Answer:My 4gb USB pendrive appears as only 250gb!

Heh, your complainaing about 246 free gig?

Ok I know you mean meg...

Well I would look in the disk manager in the control panel and see what the partitioning on it is. it may be partitioned wrong. You can delete and repartition it to the full 4 gig. then reformat it again.

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I have a 250GB Maxtor Hard Drive that I decided to convert to an external drive when I got my new Dell (bad idea). It worked great for about a month, then one day I get an 'ambulance-like' beeping alarm from the external. I'm relatively certain its telling me the hard drive is dead... most likely from insufficient cooling in the cheap external HD case I bought. But, I dont have any experience with hard drive alarms so i thought I'd ask. Does this alarm mean this drive is dead for good?
 

Answer:Dead 250GB Maxtor HD... I think

I would check your documentation from your ext. drive case and see what the sound meant. You can always plug it into an IDE cable to check it.
 

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I have a 250gb Maxtor Diamondmax10 SATA harddrive. In windows it only reads/writes up toe 233gb, it shows that thats its limit. In everest and every other diagnostic tool (hell even BIOS!) they all say that its 250GB. Any idea how I can get my other 17GB back??

Answer:250gb HD only gets 233gb on Windows!

Upgrading Service Pack might help.

Also goto disk managment and see if theres any unallocated space.

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Hi folks,will my laptop work properly with this ssd? Does anyone have it installed in his thinkpad and can say more about it? Or maybe you recommend another drive thanks for your help

Answer:l540 + 250GB Samsung 840 Evo

Hi Phill7,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
As per you are query we understood that you are looking for SSD drive compatibility for on ThinkPad L540.
 
As per the Lenovo technical specification ThinkPad L540 will support 250Gb SSD drive, please click here for complete details on the specification.
 
The SSD should be 2.5-inch.
 
Hope this helps!
 
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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Hi. I need advice on setting up  a M.2 SSDriveMy Laptop is a ENVY X360 Convertible  Model: m6-w105dxI installed a Samsung EVO M.2 250GB but I really can't make it work.It is  neither recognised by bios nor by OS (windows) or any disk management software (samsung magician or intel rapid storage technology, so I have no clues how to solve this.Samsung 850 EVO M.2 seems to be right choise cosidering my laptop specificationsI contacted HP support and they  told me:  maybe is a loose contact between ssd conector and mainboard slot , I've double cheked that and all seems OK. in place and securedThen they told me to disable secure boot and enable legacy boot option @ bios configuration.... no results after that... SSD keeps unseen by my laptop bios and OS...Any expert advice or any success M.2 SSD installation experience would be really nice and appreciated...I've asked on other threads in this forum with no luck..thank in advance for any help on this.RegardsAle

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this summer i built myself a new computer. i was having sum trouble getting windows installed and thought it might be 1 of the HD's so i unhooked it. once i got it going i kind of forgot about the 250GB HD until just recently. i hooked it up and formatted it but it only showed up as a 127GB HD when it's supposed to be 250GB. this is very puzzling because on the post screen it clearly reads that it's a 250GB HD.

can someone please tell me what i hav to do to get it working correctly because i'd really like to move my music off of my dad's comp. btw, my system specs are in the sig

Answer:250GB HD showing up as 127GB!?

What kind of hard drive do you have? I don't see the sig on the screen so if its there i just can't see it. Also what operating system are you running??

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I am new to this forum and desperate to find a solution to my problem. My colleague told me of this service and here I am.I had a Windows98 PC with an external Maxtor 250GB firewire connected to it. I took the main HD out (the one with the w98) and installed new one and installed a newly purchased copy of XP. At this point I've connected my Maxtor without installing the driver thinking that XP would recognise it, but nothing happened. I installed the driver but nothing? it can be seen in the disk management as disk 1 and that's all; the next step would be a format, which I refuse to do it.I reinstalled my old drive (w98) back into the case, win98 started as normal, I connected the Maxtor and to my big surprise this drive is not being recognised anymore; even when the PC configuration is exactly what it used to be. I only can see the Maxtor through fdisk but not anymore as a 250GB FAT32, apparently now is a 40GB FAT !?!?!!.Please help me. I have far too much data on this drive including pictures going back 4 years and documents. This drive is a back up of my previous PCs. I cannot afford to lose this data.ThanksAndy

Answer:Cannot see Maxtor 250GB Firewire W98 pc --> XP pc

The data's probably there, just need to connect OK. I had trouble with my Maxtor OneTouch when I connected it without the Maxtor drivers installed, even on WinXP. Suggest you install Maxtor drivers properly before connecting. If that doesn't work take the drive to another WinXP comp, but install the drivers first!

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Hey. I got a 250 gb western digital HD (WDC WD2500JB-00REA0) this started about a week ago, i keep hearing the drive stop like being cut from power and then powering up again,i had my computer on for a couple of weeks before this started could this anyhow affected it. I also tested it with SpeedFan S.M.A.R.T function and it gave me this warning - "NOTE : your hard disk Power On Hours Count attribute current value (96) is below the normal range (97 - 100) reported for your specific hard disk model. Basically your hard disk was powered on for more than the maximum time the average user did. This means that either all of the reports collected are from hard disks that were not powered on for too long (this is realistic for recent models) or that your hard disk is becoming old. Usually this is not considered as a pre-failure advisory, but you should check whether you want to replace the hardware or keep an eye on its performances over time."
Thanks.
 

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Hey guys.
I setup my system on a 250gb hard drive but system reads it as a 127gb. I downloaded the software for converging it to its original form yet it won't let me as it is the C:// drive. If anyone can point me in a direction that might be able to assist, that would be awesome (i.e. a possible partition of the space that wasn't originally read?) THANK YOU!
 

Answer:Op sys is on 250gb, reads as 127gb

Do you have Windows XP Service Pack 2? That is the usual cause for this problem.
If you do not, you mayl not be able to partition the drive to anything larger than 132 GB... 127 or so after formatting the partition.
It becomes a catch 22. You could partition and format the hard drive to the 250 GB figure, if you had Windows XP Service Pack 2 to do the setup of the NTFS partition. It will work once as the full 250, or so, once it has Windows on it, but getting Windows on it prevents that.
There are solutions online you should be able to find with a Google search, but they require jumping through a few hoops.
One solution is to setup the hard drive as a slave in a computer that has Service Pack 2... or setup the drive with two partitions while slaved in another computer.
Alternately, set it up as 127 GB, then upgrade Windows with the Service Pack 2 disk you buy from Microsoft for $3.40, then use partition magic or Acronis to enlarge the partition.
 

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Hi to allI have just installed Maxtor 250GB HD into my P4 PC. Cmos bios reports the HD as 250GB during POST and Win XP C: drive properties reports that capacity is 250GB and used space is 134GB!!The only thing on the drive is the OS (winXP) it was brand new I partitioned/ formatted it using my XP cd. If I look at the properties individually on C: drive (windows, program files, docs and settings, etc) they add up to approx 1.5GB but C: properties is 134GB?any suggestions as to why XP is reporting the use incorrectly and a possible fix much appreciated.TIA

Answer:250GB HD showing too big used space

I recently installed a pair of 160gb drives and found on the Maxtor site that in order for the true capacity to be recognised by Windows you need 2 things[otherwise it only recognises up to 137gb];1 - to be running Windows SP12 - to run the Maxtor Big Drive Tool[available from Maxtor support website]

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Hey this is my first post to this site so please feel free to nag more info out of me if i dont put enough onMy XP Pro recently got a 250 gb Seagate internal hard drive installed into it, yet it takes around 10 to 15 minutes for it to boot.So i decided in the end to have it as a secondary hard drive and have my 80 gb hard drive as a primary. yet when my 250 gb reaches over 91.9 gb full, it will not load anymore data, instead crash and say that i have lost all data that i was moving.If anyone knows whats wrong or even advice, it will be well appreciated.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot Problem XP PRO 250GB

How is the drive formatted ? ?NTFS/FAT32 ?2 things you can check: First in device manager find the IDE controller and then the drive andd right clik it and select Properties...Report back what mode it is in. If it's PIO mode this will account for the extreme slowness.2nd DLoad and run Seatools diagnostics on that drive to determine if it's healthy or not.The file is used to create a bootable floppy/CD so you can run it even if Windows won't run.Report back with your findings...

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This is just what is says. A fresh win 10 install on a new SSD. Do not explain to me about cloning.

To date I've upgraded the BIOS (UEFI) on a ASUS P67 Performance Gen3 motherboard. I've changed the SATA Mode to AHCI. I can see the drive in the BIOS.

The Windows installer the page where it lists the drive partitions. I only see one drive partio

Drive 0 Partition 1 239.9GB 232.8 GB Primary

I get the error
Windows can't be installed on drive 0 particion 1. (Show Detailes)

The New button is greyed out and when I select next I get

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

Thoughts?

Answer:New WIN 10 Install on new SAMSUNG EVO 250GB SSD

Hello hiltonr92 and welcome to the forums. See if this will help Windows 10 - Clean Install

Are you installed in UEFI Mode? If so, when you boot from the USB drive use the entry that says UEFI and the name of your USB. If not in UEFI, boot from the name of your USB without UEFI in front of it. Delete all partitions on the drive until it says unallocated and then click the 'NEW" button. The installer will create all the necessary partitions. I hope that helps.

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Hi,

I was wondering if LANParty UT NF3 250Gb Motherboard is good for gaming or other usage. How reliable is this motherboard ?

Thank you
 

Answer:LANParty UT NF3 250Gb MoBo

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2198
 

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I tried to ghost my 60G disk onto 250G on a different computer and it finished OK. But when connecting the new drive (250G) to my T60 it would not boot. Booting from Windows CD showed that all directories were ghosted correctly.What could be the problem?













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:T60 changing disk to 250GB

don't use Ghost use Acronis TrueImage. 

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Hi,
Bought a new Western Digital Sata HDD which I got today.
New in anti static bag and labelled WD2500AABS, says on it 250gb.
When I put it in my PC it shows as 40gb.
Thinking this may be an error I booted from Win XP CD to load OS and
it said 38.xx gb.
I have contacted the seller by Email but thought I may get faster and more reliable info from here.
I can of course return it but do not want to if it is me doing something wrong.
Ray

Answer:New 250gb Hdd Shows as 40gb

That model definitely shows as a 250GB see here
What version of XP? if you do not have SP3 you may not have support for large drives.
In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
Navigate to the HKEYLOCALMACHINE\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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Hi,

Just purchased a new Samsung SP2514 250 gig hdd and XP can only see 32239mb.

Tried using samsung's drive overlay to install xp, but gave up + uninstalled it -(the drive overlay).

I booted from the Xp cd + installed but XP only sees 32....gig's.

I have enabled big LBA by using EnableBigLba from www.48bitlba.com to no avail.

From searching through the forums, I see that a BIOS update may be necessary.

Do I also need to update my motherboard + chipset?

If so, are reliable updates available free on the net?

Any step-by-step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

Thx in advance
 

Answer:[b]SAMSUNG SP 2514N 250GB HDD[B]

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ive had the hdd for about a year now and its been working fine, i only used approx 1/3 of the capacity. But the other day my m8 was installing Windows 7 on his laptop, so he filled my hdd up with all his backup, and their wasnt any more space left, the next day i plugged it in & the white light was flashing, but i could not go inside it, it just appears as a "Local Disk (F)" on My computer, and the same on my m8's, (and if u double click it, then a sign appears stating that (F) is nt accesible because of an I/O error). oh and i recently changed it from FAT to RAW cuz it wouldnt allow me to move more than 2gb at a time, dnt knw if that mite be important, any thoughts cuz i reeli need the data....?
 

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Hi, I have Lenovo S500 and after I install the OS, the partition OEM Reserved is hidden in Windows and I want to use this because it's to large(it's not a few GB... it's almost 250GB, and i think that it's too much).I want to know why is created this partition? What's his function? Sorry for my bad english. Thanks!

Answer:Lenovo OEM Reserved 250GB

Hi Rxgamer,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
I understand your concern, but let me inform you these partitions contain recovery image and Drivers/Default Applications. By deleting the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partition the system will loose its ability to "Factory Reset/ OKR (One Key Recovery)" of the system.
 
Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards
Shiva Kumar





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Hi,
Me again

Yesterday you solved my problem with my new 250Gb Hdd by pointing me in the direction of Diskmgmt.msc

I now have a second problem , I bought 2 of the drives , One for my XP machine which now works fine thanks , and the other identical hdd for my wifes Win 2000 setup and its on this machine I have the problem

Using diskmgmt it finds the drive no problem but allthough its a 250Gb drive its saying its only a 128

What should I do ?

Regards

Don
 

Answer:2nd Problem with Deskstar 250Gb Hdd

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Just received and installed Maxtor 250GB HDD.I have a Maxtor 120GB as master drive, partitioned as C,D drive, all OK.Slave drive is the 250GB HDD. Been into Disk Manager and it shows as a 131GB partitioned drive.Been in Bios and it shows as 250GB. Where's the rest gone

Answer:XP will only recognise 250GB HDD as 131GB

click here

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I've got 2 250GB HDD's, I know FAT32 won't work on, but I really don't want to use NTFS. I run Windows and Linux, so having 500GB of HDD space that Linux finds hard to handle isn't really my best option.

Is there another file system or way around it that I can run on Linux and Windows without to much trouble?
 

Answer:FAT32 and 250GB HDDs

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This is just what is says. A fresh win 10 install on a new SSD. Do not explain to me about cloning.

To date I've upgraded the BIOS (UEFI) on a ASUS P67 Performance Gen3 motherboard. I've changed the SATA Mode to AHCI. I can see the drive in the BIOS.

The Windows installer the page where it lists the drive partitions. I only see one drive partio

Drive 0 Partition 1 239.9GB 232.8 GB Primary

I get the error
Windows can't be installed on drive 0 particion 1. (Show Detailes)

The New button is greyed out and when I select next I get

We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

Thoughts?

Answer:New WIN 10 Install on new SAMSUNG EVO 250GB SSD

Hello hiltonr92 and welcome to the forums. See if this will help https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

Are you installed in UEFI Mode? If so, when you boot from the USB drive use the entry that says UEFI and the name of your USB. If not in UEFI, boot from the name of your USB without UEFI in front of it. Delete all partitions on the drive until it says unallocated and then click the 'NEW" button. The installer will create all the necessary partitions. I hope that helps.

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I run win 98se with 2 drives, a 30gb and an 80gb, both work well, but are full. I bought a 250Gb drive to use as a USB external. To try and format the new drive, I replaced the 80 (D Drive) but the new one is only seen as a 65 GB drive. I've tried fdisk and format, Still 65Gb. Anybody any ideas? as always, thanks in advance for any helpCheers

Answer:250Gb drive and win98se

also, if I want to swop it between 2 machines, one win98se, the other XP, will it need to be fat32?

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Hello,

can someone help me - I have recently re-installed XP onto a 250GB hdd but it is only seeing 127gb drive. I have service pk1 and service pk2 installed and the bios on the system is seeing the 250gb drive.

Can someone help me

Thanks in advance

Elaine
 

Answer:Re-installed XP wont see 250gb hdd

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Would there be any conflict with this unit and W7.

I looked at this unit and it appears to me that it would be ideal for my laptop. I need about 120gb for backup of my C & D drives. I'm not sure if this unit is the best and find no place to compare it to other comparable products on the market.

If anyone has used this product I would ask your opinion of its performance and one other question. How long does it take for the first download of all files.

Thanks

Answer:Seagate Replica 250gb with W7

If your only use is for disaster recovery, then this drive will do the job...That being said, I would recommend the purchase a large external drive that can also be used for storing individual files/folders...

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Hey guys I'm new to these forums so be nice

I just partitioned my 250gb to 100 and 125 one i want to use for back up which i believe i will use my Acronis for.

The other i want to use as a regular hard drive, with windows XP or Vista,

But when i load the XP cd into the computer the XP disk does not see the USB 250gb drive at all (E: and F, how will i got about loading XP onto this drive?
 

Answer:I partioned my WD 250gb into two seperate ones, now what?

You are done.
Windows is installed on C: no?
The partitions on your removable USB drive can be used for more storage,backups.
 

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Hi,

1st off sorry if this has be told before,

I have a 250gb external hdd which now only show 100mb.

It was an old hdd out of an old 7 laptop (which got accidently dropped and insurance replaced) I asked for the hdd back, which when I got it back was fine and working well, I did a quick format and not used it for over a year,

come to use it now to store movies and pictures on and it say volume 100mb?

How do I get the rest back?
Cheers

Answer:250gb hdd showing only 100mb

Can you see it in Disk Management? (right click on My Computer and select Manage, then go to Storage > Disk Management). Disk Management (What It Is and How To Use It)
Is it showing the drive? Does it show the total disk size?

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My computer is only showing it has 127.99gb, when its supposed to have 250gb. Anyone seen this problem before?

Answer:HD showing I only have 127.99gb, its really 250gb

read the first sticky on the forum called: 137gb barrier

maybe the same issue as in yours

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It has been 3 or 4 hours and... still going.

Drive is a Western Digital 250 (really more like 232) GB, 8MB cache, one touch, external hard drive.

USB2 connection.

Win XP
1.7 GHz Celeron
756MB DDR RAM
 

Answer:how long does it take to format 250GB?

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Hi guysI have recently purchased a crucial 250gb ssd and i want to clone my Lenovo y510p 1Tb HDD. The HDD has 7 partitions. A 1000mb recovery partition, a 350mb recovery partition and another 13.2Gb recovery partition, a 260mb EFI system partition, 100mb oem partition, Windows 8 OS partition , and a Lenovo(D) partition. I'd like to only clone the OS but to do so which partitions are needed to boot into Windows and do I need all the partitions(I really don't want all 3 recovery partitions) and why are there 3 recovery partitions?Thanks
 
 
 
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I have looked all over the internet and cannot find it.

looks like DFI took all the support pages down as well! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!
 

Answer:Need manual for LANParty UT NF3 250GB

Found it yet?

Hey there,

Just wondering if you found the manual yet?
I am looking everywhere to try and find one but no luck yet...

Cheers
 

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maxtor 250GB hard drive reports 2000GB.windows is able to create a volume and formated it as a 240GB, but after deleted volume and recreating it, it cannot format the drive.

Answer:maxtor 250gb hd reports 2000gb

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware...Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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Hi,

I got a virus a couple of weeks ago and had to reinstall XP back to factory settings. I am running XP SP3 on an Advent T9317, 1.5GB RAM, Dual Core.

I decided i wanted to put only the bare essential programs back on (i had a lot of old rubbish on here originally), so i have put only those programs i really need back on.

I am therefore now at a stage where i want to clone my main Hard Drive (250GB, 56GB used) to a spare hard drive (200GB, connected to IDE inside PC) so that if anything ever goes wrong with the main HD then i will have a bootable backup of the stage i'm at right now, and it will be a straight swap, no installation of OS or any programs etc.

However, my main C drive is a 250GB HD (although only 56GB used), and i want to make an EXACT clone of it onto my (smaller) 200GB HD (spare).

So, just to recap:
Main HD (C) is SATA 250GB, 56GB used
Spare HD (Z) is IDE 200GB, completely clean. Connected to IDE inside PC.

a) Is it possible to clone a 250GB HD (main) to a smaller 200GB HD (spare), if there is only 56GB used on my main HD ???
b) I have Norton Ghost 11, will this do it ?
c) If Norton Ghost isn't the best software to do this with then what is (preferably freeware because i've already paid for Ghost) ?
d) Any forseen problems ?

Best Regards,
Andrew

Answer:Cloning 250GB HD (56GB used) to 200GB HD

You can clone to a smaller drive. I don't know if Ghost 11 supports that, but I would think it should. You may have to choose some custom option and specify either a proportiional resizing of partitions, or a manual layout, otherwise it will try to create the same size partitions, which won't work going to a smaller drive of course.

I use Acronis True Image (Version 11 and 2010), it does support that. I believe the free version of Macrum Reflect does as well.

Imaging Software

Free:
Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Commercial:
Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

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I use W7 Home Premium and would like to make a backup of my entire system. I will use the image method and the combination of my C and D discs are about 125GB total. It appears to me that this Seagate will do the job, however, I would like some opinions before I purchase it. Thanks

Answer:Seagate 250GB USB External Drive

You can get a 1TB external hd for $75. Why limit yourself. You can store an image of your hd, as well as back it up. Will the 250GB be ok? Yes. But go ahead and get the larger drive.
**GO 82nd - All the way! **

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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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It's a brand new unused hard drive, and I just want to know once and for all: is there an optimal size to make the system partition when setting up a hard drive? And this one may sound stupid, but I figure it's better to ask and know and be embarrassed than to never know anything for sure at all and inevitably make yourself look stupid at some point, so - so once I've installed Windows, in order to make best use of having made two partitions, do I then just move the whole Users folder over to the other partition?
 
 

Answer:How big should I make the system partition on a 250GB HDD?

if youre going to run windows 7 the OS alone is going to take upwards of 20 Gigs, I cant speak for Windows 8 but I would say somewhere around 20-30 Gigs (there are a lot of laptops sold with a small SSD for the OS and typically they are either 24 or 32 Gigs) should be more than enough space with updates and system restore information.
 
Just make sure that you install programs on the other partition.

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I running 32bit amd 3000+on an asrock k8 mb with 1gb ram, however we wanted to mount two maxtor 250gb hd. in the bios the mb id's the drives but when uploading winxp pro only 131gb is seen. Will drive mounting software or a promise card be required???
 

Answer:Solved: Mounting 250gb harddrive

Do you have an xp disk with sp1? If your xp disk is an original xp [without sp1] you will need to either slipstream sp1 to see the full size on install or install with your disk and update to sp1 or sp2. After the update, you will see the rest of the drive as unallocated in disk management. You can create another partition in the unallocated space or use a third party app like partition magic to expand your existing partition into the unallocated space.

BTW if the mb ids the drives correctly with the correct size, you should not need a controller card.
 

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I'm using XP Home installed on an 80 GB.  I then use a Maxtor 250 GB for all my storage almost 1 yr old.  It's atached to an ATA/133 Contoller.  The drive is divided into 4 partitions.  Two at 50 GB's and two at 75 GB's.  It's been working fine until a moth ago.  Now I can only detect the two 50 GB partitions.  I tried re-installing the Contoller software to no avail.  I plug the drive into my CD's position and the reading is still only the two 50 GB partitions.Couldn't find any other posts pertaining quit to this.  I'm wondering if for some reason the driver is failing and I'm running into the common 130 GB limitation and therefore only detecting what the PC is capable of.Any suggestions?ThanksTim

Answer:2 of 4 partitins of my 250gb no longer detected..

look for any BIOS updates for your computer.

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I have a problem with unknown space.

It's on the system c:

It's Samsung SSD EVO 850 250GB

WinDirStat lists 154 GB <Unknown>

CHKDSK can't detect any problems.

Although it's a couple month since I bought this computer I haven't used that much.

I'm not a gamer.

Feeling a bit stumped now.

Answer:Unknown space 154GB on a 250GB SSD

Hi ... This old Thread in the Link below has plenty of solutions which should help ....
space used up by something unknown

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Hi guys,

I have seen a WD Scorpio 2.5" 250GB EIDE drive. Can I replace this for the 60GB drive fitted at present?
First, is it possible.
Second is there a limit if any to the size I can fit?
If it is possible, is there anything I will need to do other than just swop it out?

Regards,

David

Answer:Satellite P30-145 can I upgrade HDD from 60GB to 250GB?

In my opinion you cannot do this due to the huge HDD size!
But this is only my personal opinion. The problem is that Toshiba doesn?t provide any information regarding the max possible HDD size.

What you can do is to running some tests and to check it such immense HDD size would be supported.
But I?m sceptical.

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Hi, I just installed 250GB Hard disk on my PC running Win2K (has SP4). I am able to see the capacity as 233GB in Windows explorer but when I enter the setup program while booting the machine it says the capacity of Disk01 is 6GB. Wonder why and is there a way to verify the 233GB capacity which the windows explorer shows ???

I really appreciate your help

Thank You
 

Answer:Testing 250GB capacity in Win 2000

Im a bit confused here? When you go My Computer, C: and properties. How much space does it say you have. In total.
 

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Dear everyone,

I just noticed a 101 MB Unallocated partition at the start of my SSD BOOT Drive. It works fine nevertheless.

Look below:


In Diskpart it shows the following, it is "reserved":


Wasn't this supposed to be the 100MB "system" partition? Meaning if I like to run a Recovery from Partition 5, it would have been Partition 4 before the restore of Acronis? I am not sure what I am saying actually hehe. Should I leave the 101MB reserved or is there any possibility to successfully add this reserved space to the OS partition?

Now I am uncertain if this was here before I had to do a restore of my earlier made backup with Acronis True Image 2014. I always use the CD to boot and don't make any backups in Windows. I did read something on Acronis forums regarding this, but I am unfamiliar with all these technical details. Actually, all other partitions show up in the order as I had before the backup.

Does someone here know about this and if this is fine or can I run into "problems" with some programs or anything?

Well, after some more digging myself I found that partition 1 above should normally between the efi partition and the boot c system partition. So in my case between partition 2 and 3. But it is unallocated and partition 1? Hope this still can be fixed without needing to reinstall everything because that would be a disaster (for me at least).

EDIT & UPDATE: FOUND THE SAME PROBLEM AS I HAVE HERE https://forum.acr... Read more

Answer:Unallocated space as the first partition of my 250GB SSD.

I hope there is at least someone who can inform me if the above is correct or not..... I don't know myself but something is telling me it can be different.

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I have a DELL Dimension 4700 Desktop, 250 GB Western Digital HDD w/1GB Dim.
It was running and now and then shut down and sometimes re-boot.
I tested the PSU and had no -5V output so replaced the PSU with same model.
I Ghost wipe my HDD and found I had a bad sector when i tested it.
Replaced with a new WD 250G HDD
I have for several days been trying to load Windows XP PRO (OEM.ISO & just .ISO).
The load will get into the 34 MIN Installation and dye (black screen).
It will keep booting to the hit to boot from CD and want's to start the load again.
Several times i have received the no NTLDR found, so go into Repair and copy it from the D:\ back to the C:\, several times have also gotten the Invalid boot .INI file.
Have also received the C:\windows\inf\machine.inf. Checked DOS dir and found no faulty .inf file to delete.
I am retesting the new HDD and it seems to be ok.
I am starting to lean towards passably a bad MoBo.
ANY IDEAS out there?
 

Answer:Problem loading XP PRO on a whiped 250GB HDD

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Hi

I have a 250Gb Samsung EVO 850 that reports it just has a couple of gigabytes spare (edit 8Gb after removing some stuff) when i am using only 60Gb as per WinDirStat - i only realised when i turned on the comp and google drive said its runs out of space

I have everything off, 1Gb Page-file (8Gb RAM) - hibs OFF, screenshot of WDS and Disk Management below - 10% OP accounts for the unallocated space

Ive ran chkdsk /f but no change
I ran SFC /SCANNOW and it found corrupt files it could not fix and the text log is 166Mb

can anyone help please?

edit: I have noticed that recycle bin shows that i still have 209Gb available..??
SMART shows all fine, good health with 2.9Tb Usage

thanks

Answer:250Gb SSD showing as full when using only 60Gb..?

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

Try Tree Size Free from the above link. It might give you a better idea than WinDirStat.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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i need to format HDD to fat32 for a movie player standalone....win7 is formatting to some funny format and making my hdd drive click in the player.

what do i do to format to fat32 and what cluster size , ty

Answer:Format to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

Hi ollie007

Welcome to SevenForums
Are you having issues converting media (video) to a standalone player (format) or do you want to convert the data (video) to fat32 format?

Regards

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hi, i just fitted a new HD to my pc, its a hitatchi deskstar 250gb sata HD, i have a seagate barracuda 160gb also on sata, and a maxtor 80gb IDE drive,
i can see the new drive in the bios, but when i click on it and select auto detect drives, the bios goes all jibberish and i have to re boot, my problem is that i cant see the drive in my computer??, its connected to sata 1 and the seagate drive with my os is on sata 0...maybe im missing something,, can anyone help??


ok just found out that the new drive is sata II, the one in my pc is sata, can i do anything about this????
 

Answer:just fitted a 250gb hitatchi sata HD, need some help

Which drive has the OS? 80GB IDE Drive?

Also you should have those SATA in series of same size like: 0-R 250GB / 0-R 250GB to mirror drives.
 

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Today, I found out that my house cleaners threw out my cd...So now I need to find a new one or just the files. I know the website, but not the driver I need.
http://us.dfi.com.tw/
That is the site. I have tryed a few, but there not the right ones.

I have Windows Xp Home Edition and LANPARTY UT nF3 250Gb.
I just need the same one as the cd. I will have more information soon if I find my manual.
 

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I just bought a Portege m400 and have upgraded the ram and harddrive. I am installing Windows 7 onto the machine. I bought a Seagate Momentus SATA 500GB harddrive but it is only being seen as 250gb. Doesnt the m400 support 500gb harddrives? Whats going on?

Answer:Portege M400 seeing 500GB HDD as only 250GB

Actually, nevermind

The drive was mispackaged and its a 250gb

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This is my first post on this web site. I certainly not a guru and could use some help of this is the way you ask for it. At 78 I am kind of slow and methodical but am willing to follow detailed instructions as to how to keep my old pc going.

The Windows community has convinced me to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a new 250GB SSD that is replacing my HDD. The C: HDD is getting errors when I use Seagate's SeaTools programs and my PC has really slowed down to a crawl. in trying to repair my C: HDD I have run System File Checker multiple times (no Problems). Checkdisk multiple times /f/r options. it only shows errors on stage 5 of 5 free space verification and correcting errors in the volume bitmap.
My latest Windows Backup on a flash drive and a Windows System image on the External HDD are considered not reliable by the community and they strongly recommend a clean install of Windows 7
I have the WIN 7 DVD with product key that I purchased when I went from XP to Win 7. I have the other SW apps product DVDs. Although I have a Windows Backup and a Windows 7 System Image I have been told, and I believe, that this would be dangerous to use vs doing a clean install. Now that I am convinced to do just that I want to be pro-active in making sure that I do it right.
Is there a step by step process documented anywhere that will take me through this install. I need to save years of data from all of my pc applications, e.g., Quicken, Word, Excel, Adobe, email, etc.
My P... Read more

Answer:clean install of Windows 7 on new 250GB SSD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by RogerAttila


This is my first post on this web site. I certainly not a guru and could use some help of this is the way you ask for it. At 78 I am kind of slow and methodical but am willing to follow detailed instructions as to how to keep my old pc going.


Hi Roger, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The process of clean installing and restoring your data is quite straight forward. You can use Windows Easy Transfer (WET) to backup your personal data, all your documents, images and such, then clean install and finally retrieve the backed up data again using WET.Step 1: Use WET to transfer your settings and data to an external hard disk or USB drive
Step 2: Clean install Windows 7 on your new SSD
Step 3: Use WET to restore your settings and data
Tutorials:Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
Clean Install Windows 7
If you have any questions or issues either with WET or clean install, please post your questions in respective tutorial thread. Any other concerns, please post here or start a new thread in an appropriate section of our forums.

Kari

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I heard that comcast only allows 250gb bandwith a month is this ture or just to scare people from using to much internet. If you 250gb banwith in a month what will happen I am just wondering??

Answer:Comcast 250gb Bandwith This For Real ????

http://www.comcast.net/terms/network/amendment/

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Does anyone have external speakers for a tablet?

I'm looking for speakers that will give high quality sound with my Archos 70 IT 250GB. I don't need speakers that will blast really loud, but I do want good quality sound with some volume.

I'd like to have speakers that I can carry with me in my backpack, that will somehow close safely, so as not to ruin the speakers.
 

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Hi all,

I would like to do the upgrade of my Hard Disk (40GB now). What is the maximum HD capacity which my Toshiba supports? Can I put even 250GB?

Another question is, can I buy for example external USB 2,5'' Hard Disk and swap the disk from my laptop with it, I mean put this one from USB case inside my Toshiba and original one from Toshiba to USB case?

Will it works?

Answer:Equium A110-233: Want to upgrade HDD - Can I use 250GB HDD?

Hi,

First thing to do is found out work model of hard drive you have,
in the past i have swaped hdd's around but as i say above, what model?..

Here are some for a Toshiba, but you can use a 3rd party.. i.e Samsung, Western Digital etc..

http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaCSG/jsp/individualOptions.do?service=UK&OPTION_ID=120291&t oshibaShop=reseller&selCategory=4699

And options for your laptop

http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaCSG/jsp/SUPPORTSECTION/discontinuedProductPage.do?service=UK&DISC_MODEL=0 &highlightOption=5420&PRODUCT_ID=118286&tab=1#1

Im not sure on the hard drive, but i wouldnt put anythink bigger than a 120, maybe a 250..

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