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    Question 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    Anyone,

    My son has a Sony Vaio p.c. with a Sony-modified Asus motherboard. He changed the hard drive from the 80gb Seagate that came with the computer to a 160 gb Maxtor Diamondmax. He has service pack 2 downloaded for Windows XP Professional which he installed versus using the version of XP that came with the p.c. on setup disks. Windows XP Professional will only recognize 137 gb. I went to the Maxtor website and downloaded a program that is supposed to change a registry setting to allow Windows to recognize drives greater than 137 gb, but that didn't work. The Maxtor website is stating that there are 3 solutions to the problem - the registry fixing download, a bios update (which doesn't exist on the Sony website), or buying an ATA card to plug the harddrive into which is supposed to sidestep the motherboard bios issue. I went to esupport.com to get a bios upgrade for the motherboard and they want $30 for it. I really don't want to have to pay for a bios upgrade or an add-in card. Does someone know how I might solve this problem and gain access to the full harddrive capacity without having to shell out some hard-earned cash?

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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    If it truly is caused by the board (and if the Maxtor Big Drive Enabler and Service Pack 2 didn't fix it, it probably is), then getting an add-in card or a BIOS is update is probably your only solution. I'd recommend the former as you can get one for under $20 from Newegg.com.

    This is just another of many examples of why you shouldn't buy brand-name desktops.

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    Thumbs up Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    Hello there,

    i've got a similiar problem with my Seagate Barracuda ST3200822A which I bought a few days ago. The harddrive should actually have 200 gb of free space, but I can't get the 200 gb but only 131 gb. Is it due the Bios of my mobo? I mean, at first I looked in the bios, if the harddisc is showing, it did with 200 gb. With the WinXP-CD to create partitions it only recognizes 131 gb. Weird huh?

    Thx 4 your replys ^^
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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    Sounds to me like the CD doesn't have Service Pack 1 or 2. If you want to create a 200GB partition with the Windows XP CD, it'll need to be updated.

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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    How can i update the CD?
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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    thanx 4 the link ^^ just one thing, that tutorial should be updated ;) but it's fine enough to understand
    My Computer:
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    MSI NV6600 Geforce 6600
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    Abit NF7 Nforce2
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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sincerity
    thanx 4 the link ^^ just one thing, that tutorial should be updated
    Tell them. :) You can also use a tool called nLite (google it), which basically automates the process and allows you to do much more.

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    Default Re: 137 gb hard drive limit on Sony Vaio p.c.

    ok, updated the CD, installed the harddisc anew and it works now with 186 gb. Thx ^^

    Edit: nice tool btw ^^
    My Computer:
    AMD XP Mobile +2500 @ 2000 Ghz
    MSI NV6600 Geforce 6600
    Infineon 2x256 DDR-RAM
    Corsair 256 DDR-RAM
    Abit NF7 Nforce2
    Creative Soundblaster Live! 5.1

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