I m having 200gb sata of seagate
when i fresh installed my hard with xp sp2 its well working but after some time my every drives showing free space 1 to 3 gb less then the capacity it has(when i open the drive the drive it has nothing and also i try to format it but windows shows unable to format) please suggest me a wat to do ?
is my hard disk having a bad sectors thats why it is showing the problem
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This is a Seagate 200GB SATA-interface disk-drive.
Open "My Computer", and point at the icon for 'C:' drive -- is it a 200GB disk-drive?
Double-click that "yellow exclamation" item. Click "install new driver" or "update driver".
If Windows asks permission to access the Internet to search for a new driver, allow it.
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I had this problem on a computer recently. This particular motherboard may be needing the driver on the Windows XP SP2 disk. Your motherboard may have been made to use Microsoft SATA drivers. Othewise, there would have been a driver disk that came with the motherboard to let it see that SATA hard drive. If it's a new hard drive, you have to reinstall the O/S so use a disk new enough to have SP2 included.
Welcome to the wonderful world of windows disk size limitations.
What you are running into is the Windows 137GB Capacity Barrier AKA the 48-bit Logical Block Addressing Support for ATA (IDE), Serial ATA or ATAPI disc drives.
In English this means windows will only “acknowledge” between 127 and 137 Gig of a disk drive without some updates.
In most cases after he latest Service Packs are installed, any additional gigabytes will show up as unallocated space on the drive and you can create a second partition with the Windows disk management tools.Unfortunately this will mean that you have 2 partitions on the drive (if you placed your os on the drive or partitioned it before the updates were installed.).
If this is a secondary drive (in other words your OS is on a different disk drive), install all of the system updates first, you should then be able to format the entire drive as one partition.
If your hard drive is SATA and your windows disk does not have SATA drivers on it it will not find the hard drive this is your problem http://driverpacks.net/DriverPacks/ Go to the above site and download "driverpack mass storage" and slipstream into your windows CD. I have done this with one windows install disk that could not find disk then it worked perfectly
I understand the problem you are going through and it is due to the fact that win xp sp2 install an NTFS filesytem on its hard drive and this file system was designed to be secure in a way that you don't remove disk drive or add disk drives just like that.Now the best solution would be to just reinstall you xp machine with sp2 with the hard drive already in the case.In this way xp will be able to recognize it as one of its own drives and now you will have access to it.