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Hello, I have fitted a new Barracuda 500 GB hard drive and have problems. When loading XP the space available message is only 131 GB and Windows will not load. Regards Richard.

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  • richard917 Aug 07, 2010

    The XP CD is readable. When I format the drive windows indicates there is only 131 gig available. Windows starts to load normally and then shuts down and reboots. I have 2 of these seagate drives and they both done the same thing. I bought the second one because I thought the first one was faulty

  • richard917 Aug 08, 2010

    This is a SATA hard drive fitted to a 3.2 gig motherboard which is about a year old. The latest is I made a 20 gig partition on the 131 gig space available (acording to windows) and loaded XP on that which worked. I then used PC Professor to creat 3 partitions and format them on the remainder of the hard drive (446 gig by now with PC professor). Partition sizes were 46,200&200 gig. I now have a unmountable boot volume error. I have tryed the windows repair process with chkdsk and fixdsk without success.

  • richard917 Aug 08, 2010

    Sata hard drives do not have jumpers or need to be set as master or slave according to my instructions. I tried starting in safe mode but could not do so. I got a system 32 error flash on the screen and then the unmountable boot volume error.

  • richard917 Aug 11, 2010

    I have appreciated the advice which was provided. The PC is now going again and I don't really know why, a friend loaded a different XP disk on it and it worked, he reckons the problem was that I did not have drivers loaded. That did not sound right to me, as far as I know Windows already has drivers for most things.

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The bios in your system can not handle a drive larger than 256MB...you will have to either update the bios (may have to pay for a newer one), or get a smaller drive....or a new computer

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First make sure your harddrive set as master . For that you need to check the jumper in the back of harddrive. There is instruction hoe to set it as master. Also make sure both connection connected to harddrive are working fine. Also when you power up the computer press F8 key then you can see safe mode and other menu enter in safe mode. Then go to start menu->run type in run "chkdsk /r" without "" then press enter then press "y" then restart computer then it will fix and recover errors on harddrive. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 08, 2010

  • Change the SATA cable connect it to different SATA ports.
    Then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or ALt+F2 to enter in bios.
    Then load optimal defaults settings save settings and exit.
    Then check.
    Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

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Hi richard
some older pc will only recognise a certain amount of hard drive space, you might have to partition it to recognise 2 drives instead of one, if your pc is newer than this, the best way to do this will be to run the drive alongside your old drive as a slave, and use windows to partition it as required, normally when you set windows up, on a new drive it has to be formatted first, i don't know if you get to the stage where you can do this in your windows set up, also, just a question, i gather this is a SATA hard drive? this is another problem i have come across, windows xp does not recognise these drives, they will only recognise IDE type, this sounds more the problem than the first idea, there is a way you can do this it is somewhat long winded, but i have given you a link to read it will explain all the ins and outs of doing this, hope this helps you
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Windows-XP-On-SATA-Without-a-Floppy-F6-47807.shtml
click on link above

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    steve morris Aug 08, 2010

    once windows has installed have you tried going to, the control panel, then administrative tools, then computer management, then look for disk management, this will have tools for you to use to enable windows to read all of the hard drive, or partition it and set active partitions...hope this helps

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    steve morris Aug 30, 2010

    wow look at that my answer was same if not more involved than the 4 thumbs and you reject? and only give me 2 thumbs? cheers for that

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Hello,

Verify either in the system you are using or another computer that the CD is readable. It's possible that the CD is bad/corrupt or not readable. In this case, get another copy of the window xp operating system. But if the CD was able to boot from another system, first try format the hard drive before you now install the windows on it.

Take care.

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