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Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:21 pm Post subject:
If the HardDrive came with an install CD (which I doubt) You can also download the driver from the MFG website. Search on a driver called "bigdrive". After you install it you will be able to access the entire drive. _________________
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Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:46 pm Post subject:
Pre-sp2 (maybe it was sp1, can't remember) installs of xp will only use 127gb for a partition, sp2 fixes this, as does 48bit addressing, but without something like partition magic you can't make the unused space part of the original partition. You can go into disk management (right click "my computer", go to manage, go to disk management). You'll see a part of the drive that unallocated space, right click it, select format, when the window pops up tick the quick format box, hit ok. Now you'll have 2 partitions.
In general, I'd suggest only creating about a 20-25gb partition for the os, create a separate partition for program files, and another for documents and such. Much easier to leave your program files there if you need to format and reinstall the os, so it's much quicker to install programs, and it's more reasonable if you want to create images of your os install in case of something sucky happening.
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Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:08 am Post subject:
as an addition to that explanation i would like to add this.
hard drive sizes are advertised as their decimal size 1000 bytes =1 kb
when their actual size is binary 1024 bytes =1 kb.
after extrapolating this out you will lose about 1 gb per 15 gb approx.
kweegwin your 160 gb drive is about 149 gb actually,and hammer yours is well you do the math.
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Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:37 am Post subject:
Isn't partition magic free programm?
If you won't be able to do all of that then I'll send you an exe, which will enable 48-bit adressing. On my CD, which came with Segate drive there is such tool.
And yes, A good idea to break the drive into several partitions. But I do it in other way -20GB sys-20GB sys-Files-Important Files, so that if my system crashes on one partition, I do not format it, I install in on another 20GB partition and then take everything I need from previous partition, docs, desctop shortcuts etc. And I never format system partitions.
And the Important files partition is encrypted, each time to acess it I need to enter password - so no virus, or any other programm has acces to it. And It even cannot be easily formatted. _________________
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Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:31 pm Post subject:
Ahhhh man, i was sitting there reading all thats been said, thinking to myself, ohhh yeah i can help with this, damn im good! Butt noooooo, damn you 999, knowing more than me . I was going to mention the stuff about the partition and partition magic, but confound it, i was beaten to it! _________________ If this is sight, I'd rather be blind
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