160GB Hard Drive W/ Windows 2000 SP2

Posted on 2004-12-01
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I have 2000Pro SP2 on my machines, formatted NTFS.
I would like to install a 160GB hard drive in one of them.
As you know, I'd surpass the 138GB maximum address range of a 32 bit partition, in trying to format this 160...
SP4 has a 48 bit FAT software range extender within it.
Do you know if it's possible to install this range extender stand-alone? in other words, I don't want to update to SP4 at all...just add this single update, into a SP2 system.
Any thoughts?
Question by:arbo_gg
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    Try installing the latest ASPI drives, this may alow you to use the full size of the drive.  But i am not sure how stable or how well this will work.  The best way as you have already mentioned was update to sp4.  Read the instuctions to install
    ASPI drivers:
    Also, what brand of drive is this?

    Author Comment

    oh...I'm sorry..I forgot to say these are IDE drives. I'm using a Samsung
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    The only data i was able to find on this subject was this page.  Look under the DRIVERS section.  Unless you have a INTEL or VIA chipset or a PROMISE ATA card, it seems you are out of luck.  After installing these drives, you will prob need a 3ed party partitioning util to partition the drive, but after that, 2000 will be able to read/write to the drive.  Try useing the CD that came with the HDD and boot off that to partiton it, try to use NTFS when formating (afer booting off the cd and applying the corrrect patch to 2000)
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    Why don't you want to upgrade to SP4?  Every service pack released by Microsoft fixes a whole heap of problems, security flaws, limitations and adds functionality.

    Author Comment

    I cannot accept the conditions of the EULA in SP3 onwards.

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