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Won't boot from 500GB SATA drive

I had to replace a bad hard drive, and got a new 500GB SATA drive. I installed windows XP on it and it boots from the windows CD or from other diagnostic bootable CDs that I have, but it won't boot directly from the BIOS. It gets the usual error "No boot drive available, insert system drive and press enter". The drive is detected properly by the bios, and I have done all of the boot order and boot drive selection set up, but all to no avail. Is this a know bios problem with this type/size of drive?

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  • jahamilton Nov 19, 2008

    Turns out the actual solution was to go to Computer Management/Disk Management, and Set Partition Active.

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Windows XP original support up to 137GB
Windows XP sp1 support up to 250GB
Windows XP ps2,3 have not change.
you have to enable 48 LBA in order for the system to recognized the drive.
the exact porcedure is list in the link ;
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;303013

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