Large Harddrives and installing windows 2000 fresh?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Pacific Dragon, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. I currently have a 120GB Hard disk SATA bus and a new 250GB IDE hard disk,
    but when I try to install windows 2000 fresh using the CD on to the new
    250GB hard disk, the installation process can only see about 137GB.

    My current existing windows 2000 SP4 install (on the existing 120GB HD) has
    48bit LBA enabled and can see the whole 250GB drive. But what exactly do
    you do with trying to install a fresh copy of windows 2000 from the
    Installation CD on to the 250GB drive?

    Following a suggestion I found through Googling, I've tried partitioning
    the new disk with the first primary partition as a 40GB volume. When I
    attempted to install on the first primary partition, all the partitions on
    that disk got totally butchered.

    Upon logging back onto my existing windows 2000 install, the 4 partitions I
    initially created became one unformatted partition.

    Any pointers?

    Pacific Dragon, Jan 31, 2006
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    Dave Taylor Guest

    Dave Taylor, Jan 31, 2006
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    Ray Greene Guest

    Did you partition the disk during the install or on another machine

    I've found that generally Windows will install on a large drive if it was
    partitioned and formatted on a machine that can see the full hard drive size.
    Ray Greene, Jan 31, 2006
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    Rudy Seoa Guest

    Start with a blank un-partitioned disk.
    Boot from Win2k install CD.
    Create *one* ~40Gb partition and format it with NTFS.
    Install Win2k then service pack 4 and updates to this partition,
    rebooting along the way...
    Make the 48bit LBA registry change required and reboot.
    Disk Manager should now see the entire drive, and with Disk Manager you
    should be able to extend the NTFS partition over the unallocated space.
    Rudy Seoa, Jan 31, 2006
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