Alright, I'm goin' NUTS!!!
MSI 6380e (KT3 Ultra ARU)
1 Gig of ram
XP Pro SP2
HD1 = IBM 80gb
HD2 = Maxtor 80gb
HD3 = Maxtor ???gb
My question relates to hard drive installation / configuration:
I have updated my bios to the most recent version; it supports ata133 transfers. I have XP SP2 installed; jumpers are all correctly set.
My bios does not recognize the new hard drive as being 160gb at boot or in bios. I can, and have, installed the Maxtor installation utilities which installs the Dynamic Drive Overlay to make the drive readable at the correct size in XP. In XP, I have used the SP2 and EnableBigLBA registry patch and can see the full harddrive, 152 gb.
HOWEVER, I don't want to be able to use the harddrive WITHOUT the Dynamic Drive Overlay and to it's full potential. I have not been able to find any information online or through MSI as to whether my board supporst 48-bit LBA. SO, i purchased a separate PCI card that has 48 bit LBA within its onboard bios. YET, Maxtor still installs the dynamic drive overlay!!! ARGH. I can't tell if my motherboard bios supports the 48-bit LBA (if it does, I can take back this $50 adaptec card), or why I can't enable the adaptec card to read the full info at start up before it hits XP.
I don't want the overlay because it's just something else that could go wrong and doesn't seem to be as stable as having just the bios read the drive correctly.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys and gals!