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I just got through the fiasco of getting a new WD250 gig HD, in place of my 120 that was having a boot loop problem. I got XP pro installed but it is only showing 127 gigs out of the 250. From what I can tell... this is due to no SP2 installed. But I can't install SP2... It won't let me. I have used my copy of Pro 4 times (this being fourth) on this machine, and only on this machine. Perhaps I have installed it to many times after clean wipes ? If I were to put all the data on this drive from the other, wipe the 120, install Pro on it and put the 250 gig as the slave, would all 250 gigs show up ?
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When you ran the clean installation, how much disk space showed up when you chose the partition to install it on?
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127GB... There's something about that size that means Windows isn't seeing the drive properly. I'll go check out more...

EDIT-
OK. Windows XP below Service Pack 1 doesn't have 48-bit LBA Addressing, so it doesn't recognize drives higher than 127GB. You need to slipstream SP2 if you want to use the drive to its full capacity.
Stupid reiteration of what I said/Source:
http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/di.../os/winxp.html
How to slipstream a Service Pack:
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/Windo...p2-bootcd.html
This second site is pretty clear and concise about it, just like I like it.
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127GB... There's something about that size that means Windows isn't seeing the drive properly. I'll go check out more...
BIOS doesn't support more than that much, if you use 3rd party software it should say you have 250Gb but BIOS only detect it has 127GB. It happen to my ECS motherboard, I had 512MB and 256MB. BIOS only detected 512MB stick but CPUZ said I have 768MB's of ram.

NC0 What's your motherboard?
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Mobo is a M7VIT Pro, made by Biostar.

When I had the choice to format, and did. it said there was roughly 131000 MB in the one and only partition.
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