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Replace bad HD with new 5oogb

My 200Gb HD crashed in my HP/COMPACK computer.
When I try to reinstall windows XP Pro, I can't format the
new hard drive higher than 137gb.

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This is a rather technical problem with MS Windows and the 48bit Logical Block Addressing scheme.
You can read more details here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013

Short solution: You have to install Service Pack 1 (or better SP2) in order to get past this problem.
I assume that you had this disk in you computer before, so the BIOS should be able to handle this as well.

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LaCie 200GB HD is now ''read-only''. Recommends reformatting.


>> my computer could not repair the hard drive

It seems that the disk-drive is "dying", and the "table of contents" on the hard-drive has become corrupted, and automated attempts to "repair" the corruption have failed.

>> the hd is being offered with limited functionality, basically read-only.

Yes. Take this as a "hint" that the disk-drive is about to "die".

>> It recommends that I back-up the info elsewhere

Good advice. Take the advice.

>> and reformat.

This may help -- it will identify any "bad" spots on the hard-drive, and will either permanently avoid using those bad spots, or it will allocate a "spare" track on the drive to be used as a substitute for the "bad" area.

However, even after doing this, I would not "trust" the device to be a "reliable" backup for my important files. Like a well-used chalk-board in a classroom, the disk is getting "worn-out".

If it's still under warranty, exercise the warranty.
If the warranty has expired, replace it.



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