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48-bit LBA compatible BIOS possible ??

Does this motherboard have a 48-bit LBA compatible BIOS that will support a 500 GB hard drive and allow the native limitation of 137 GB partition limit to be exceeded ?? If no, is it possible to update the BIOS to accomplish this ? Thanks.

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Re: 48-bit LBA compatible BIOS possible ??

The last Bios update for your board was 06/18/2002. With XP editions you should not have a problem seeing the whole drive.
Your bios is not a issue with win XP & drive size.
By going to your Hd's Mfg's site you can download either bootable disks or creat a bootable CD & set your drive up in dos like mode. Your able to pick your FAT type & cluster size, drive size & preform a quick format. If you want the NTFS file system with its 4kb cluster size skip the Mfg's drive utilities & just let windows do its thing.
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Windows xp has a max Hard drive limit of 137GB, so what you see is totally right.
Windows XP did not support 48-bit LBA for ATAPI disk drives, which is what larger drives needs.
The service packs do address the problem but you need to have a copy of windows xp which includes at least service pack 1 on the installation.
The problem is when you install from your original disk, it doesn't include the service packs, so by the time you have got the system up and running the hard disk space has already been allocated.

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