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How to Use a Large Hard Drive with Windows 2000 Professional

What are All the Specific steps that need to be done to safely run a 300 GB hard drive under Windows 2000 Professional?

Starting with an unformatted hard drive (300 GB) and the Windows 2000 Professional (service pack 2) CD.  No other hard drive installed.  

PC is a Dell Dimension 4550 with 1 GB RAM.  Bios version is A08.  

Looking for specific steps if possible, rather than links to other sources.


Believe this may be an involved or tricky issue.


Thanks in advance.

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starmonkeyCommented:
You need service pack 3 or higher.
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starmonkeyCommented:
Oh here is an idea!
you can downloa SP4 for win 2K from MS,  then use nlite to create a 2000 SP 4 install disk from your 2000 SP 2 disk.
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news2003Author Commented:
Thank you.

Is that All that is needed?
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starmonkeyCommented:
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starmonkeyCommented:
You have to make sure the hardware can see the whole drive:

plug in the unformatted disk into the controler and boot.  Befre the OS loads (which isn't there) press F2 (or whatever the mobo need to go into BIOS).  See if the hardware can see the whole drive...
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starmonkeyCommented:
Ummm, according to this KB article, you still need to modify the regestry, even if you have SP4 or higher:
48-Bit LBA Support for ATAPI Disk Drives in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;305098

You can still do it.  But I you might need a 3rd party partitioning tool.  what you would do is create a smaller partition, install the OS (with SP4).  patch the registry per that article above, then resize the partition to fill the entire drive.

Than again, you might be able to start off with the full partition, and a nlited SP4 install disk.  I'de probably try that first (you will find out soon enough if it doesn't work).  Make sure you patch the regisry as soon as you get the OS install.
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PUNKYCommented:
First, you need to press F2 to access bios and see if system detects the drive correctly as also said above. Then download the utility from hard drive manufacturing website and make the bootdisk, then boot system with that bootdisk. Configure your drive there. You should have better service packs for windows 2000 that helps!
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KCTSCommented:
Assuming your hardware can see the drive be aware that Windows 2000 can only use about 137Gb without SP3. If your Windows CD has SP3 or later integrated there will be no issues.

That said - it is probably a good idea to divide the disk into 2 partitions in any case - one for windows ans your applications - one for your data. This makes backup and recovery easier since your data is on a different partition.

You can use the partition manager on the Windows CD to partition the disk as part of the installaton procedure http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/win2k/installw2k/page1.htm
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news2003Author Commented:
Thanks to all.

The BIOS sees the full 300 GB after you press F2 and go into Setup.

Plan to have these hard drive partitions:

C:    20 GB  NTFS    for OS and applications
D:    30 GB  FAT32  for Norton Ghost image of C: partition and some data
E:  250 GB  NTFS    for data (approx. size)

How does that sound?


And in a step-by-step sense what are All the steps that should be done to get there?  For example:

First you...

Next you...
 
Etc.


Appreciate the much-needed help.

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news2003Author Commented:
Appreciate the links.

The first does not appear to address the large hard drive size issue.

The second says that

"If you are running Windows 98/SE/Me, or Windows 2000, and install a drive larger than 137 GB, you will not be able to utilize the drive fully as a single large partition. So if you are buying a drive larger than 137GB, and do not have Windows XP, include the Windows XP upgrade in your budget, too"

But this is the problem am trying to solve...
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KCTSCommented:
Personally I would not bother with 3 partitions, there is ;ittle to be gained from havinh the OS and prframs on seperate partitions, - if the OS fails and has to be re-installed, you will have to re-inatall the programs anyway.

It depends on how many apps etc you have,but I would create a partition of say 80Gb and install Windows on it (and use this for applications as well).That should be pleanty big enough but Its smaller than the 137Gb limit so no problems. Install the OS an it and apply SP4 and all subseqent updates, then use computer management to partition and format the remainder of the drive. You could use it as a single data partition or divide it into two smaller partitions.


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ChiefITCommented:
BIOS is the most important thing,  If your BIOS recognizes the larger capacity drive, you are golden.

2000 Pro should not have a problem with a large drive. I'm running 500Gb on 2000 pro. Never had a problem, even while runing without any service packs or updates.  
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news2003Author Commented:
Taken together StarMonkeys posts give a workable answer and are much appreciated here.

Another answer that has worked is from _Windows 2000 - Help Installing 48-bit LBA as Boot Drive_
at http://www.48bitlba.com/win2Khb.htm 

They also have a free tool you can download to check and set the EnableBigLba Registry bit at
http://www.48bitlba.com/enablebiglbatool.htm

Thanks very much to StarMonkey and the other posters for their help.

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