Large hard drive (woes ...) I just don't get it .... so, I want to know:
Posted on 2005-05-11
I have always had smaller sized hard drives (like 40, 60, 80 GB). I've basically had no issues with these drives. Recently, I've gotten a few larger sized drives (120GB, 200GB, and 250GB). It seems to me that just about everytime I've had to install one of these large drives that something either is out of sync with the BIOS and/or the software.
Can anyone recommend a good URL that I can go to so I can understand why it is that these large drives are either not 'seen' by the OS, will only allow you to create a partition size of 120GB or less ...). I would really like to be clear as to if installing a drive will require me to do something in the OS, BIOS, use the installation disc that comes with the drive, etc.
I installed a 200GB drive into a system. It is the 2nd drive in the box. It is up and running as the secondary slave drive. I have a 80GB primary master, and I have a DVD-R as the secondary master.
This time, the OS saw the drive as it is (a 200GB drive). I am running Windows XP SP2. I was not able to create a partition on the drive, but yet it installed itslef as a 'dynamic drive'. Inside of this dynamic drive, I was then able to create what it called a 'dynamic partion'. I created two of them (100 GB or so a piece).
At times, when I write files to the second partition of the 'dynamic drive', I will get CRC errors and/or very slow response times.
I would to NOT have this drive as 'dynamic' but rather as a normal drive with two primary partitions ...
I hope this is understandable by the EE community.
Thanks in advance