137GB HD Limit in Recovery Console



Filthy McNasty
07-10-2005, 02:36 AM
I have a Maxtor 250GB HD, and compatible BIOS. When in Windows XP Pro I can
access all of this space. However, the Recovery Console and DiskPart see
only the first 137GB. Due to this I have limited my Windows usage to that
137GB, but would like to know how to persuade RC of the true size. There
don't seem to be any special low-level drivers accompanying the GigaByte
MotherBoard, apart from special RAID and SATA drivers, which I don't regard
as applicable.

Any help much appreciated

BTW: Has anyone else noticed that, when setting up a blank hard disk for
installation of XP Pro, Setup recognizes the true size of a large HD but,
on electing to create a new partition, the very next screen shows only
137GB? Great programming consistency Microsoft

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neil
07-10-2005, 02:36 AM
As far as I know you need a CD of XP slipstreamed with SP2 to see the full
disk size during installation.
Neil
"Filthy McNasty" <filthy-mcnasty@here.now> wrote in message
news:Xns9686CAC0B91A5filthymcnastybigfoot@207.46.248.16...
>I have a Maxtor 250GB HD, and compatible BIOS. When in Windows XP Pro I can
> access all of this space. However, the Recovery Console and DiskPart see
> only the first 137GB. Due to this I have limited my Windows usage to that
> 137GB, but would like to know how to persuade RC of the true size. There
> don't seem to be any special low-level drivers accompanying the GigaByte
> MotherBoard, apart from special RAID and SATA drivers, which I don't
> regard
> as applicable.
>
> Any help much appreciated
>
> BTW: Has anyone else noticed that, when setting up a blank hard disk for
> installation of XP Pro, Setup recognizes the true size of a large HD but,
> on electing to create a new partition, the very next screen shows only
> 137GB? Great programming consistency Microsoft
>
> --
> Will Cornish of Cardigan, UK - No nastier than you; No filthier than usual
>
> To EMail Remove Anti-Spam Spaces: filthy-mcnasty @ btconnect.com

bud
07-10-2005, 02:36 AM
"Filthy McNasty" <filthy-mcnasty@here.now> wrote in message
news:Xns9686CAC0B91A5filthymcnastybigfoot@207.46.248.16...
>I have a Maxtor 250GB HD, and compatible BIOS. When in Windows XP Pro I can
> access all of this space. However, the Recovery Console and DiskPart see
> only the first 137GB. Due to this I have limited my Windows usage to that
> 137GB, but would like to know how to persuade RC of the true size. There
> don't seem to be any special low-level drivers accompanying the GigaByte
> MotherBoard, apart from special RAID and SATA drivers, which I don't
> regard
> as applicable.
>
> Any help much appreciated
>
> BTW: Has anyone else noticed that, when setting up a blank hard disk for
> installation of XP Pro, Setup recognizes the true size of a large HD but,
> on electing to create a new partition, the very next screen shows only
> 137GB? Great programming consistency Microsoft
>
> --
> Will Cornish of Cardigan, UK - No nastier than you; No filthier than usual
>
> To EMail Remove Anti-Spam Spaces: filthy-mcnasty @ btconnect.com


Maxtor big drive enabler,
http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.3c67e325e0a6b1f6294198b091346068/?channelpath=%2Fen_us%2FSupport%2FSoftware%20Downloads%2FATA%20Hard%20Drives&downloadID=11

Filthy McNasty
07-10-2005, 02:37 AM
Using at least one appendage, the entity known in this space-time
continuum as "bud" <budman@nomail.com> revealed in
news:YOCdnfs9B6SKCljfRVn-qw@comcast.com:

> Maxtor big drive enabler,
> http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.3c67e325e0a6b1f62941
9
> 8b091346068/?channelpath=%2Fen_us%2FSupport%2FSoftware%20Downloads%
2FAT
> A%20Hard%20Drives&downloadID=11
>
>

Thanks. I have this, but it seems only to be for Windows XP in booted
mode (Safe or Full), not for low-level use. I tried installing it, but
as I already had the Microsoft HotFix applied it just reminded me of
this and exited installation. What I need is a driver recognisable by
the Recovery Console. Ordinary ATA, not SATA or RAID which are supplied
with the MotherBoard. Can't see anything on GigaByte's site that fits
the bill, and no mention by Microsoft of the limit as applicable to the
Recovery Console. Or none that I've found anyway

When I had an unidentified problem previously the RC wouldn't even
recognise the partition involved. It subsequently was resolved by the
hotfix, but still no recognition from RC. I deleted the partition. Even
though the "problem" was entirely spurious, and now addressed by the
"Fix", I'm not prepared to trust my data to a partition I cannot even
see in RC. RC is supposed to be a last resort if even Safe Mode cannot
cope. If the last resort is bogus then it's just extremely annoying
window-dressing. My temp workaround has been to use my 2nd backup HD for
overspill, but now I have to trust my backups to that part of the 250GB
which is over the 137GB mark. The backup software (Acronis True Image)
has no problem with this - It sees the entire disk at all stages - but I
fret about the day there's some glitch that blocks that access. If it
can't be seen it might not be fixable, and then what use is a backup?

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137GB HD Limit in Recovery Console