I have an Asus P4PE-L motherboard and I'm trying to format a 320 GB PATA HDD. I have upgrade XP to SP2 and ran SeaTools to confirm the drive is ok. It will format on another system but all I can get is a 150 GB partition. The IDE connectors are 40 pin.
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Have tou tried the mangement in windows, My computer> right click>manage, then disk management and then right click on your hard drive and then one of the options is to format.
Although only 127gb will show and the rest should show as a seperate partition, do the same with this to implement it.
If no other partition shows you may have to upgrade your motherboard bios to suport large capacity disks.
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Are you trying to upgrade from xp to windows 7? First check if your hardware can support windows 7. You should have atleast 2 GB or above memory, 60 GB of HDD for windows alone so 320 GB HDD would be recommended. Your cpu should be dual core or core 2 duo atleast. If those are checked, upgrade to windows should delete your windows xp.
Or the other option is format the partition of the HDD where windows xp is installed.
Let me know more. So that we on the FixYa can help.
Yes, it's compatible with the motherboard, no, it's not compatible with the XP install disk because it doesn't have SATA support. And since Asus doesn't provides it special driver needed (one that must be put on a floppy) it means that you simply cannot install XP on this disk.
All you can do is to obtain another PATA hdd what ever its size and install XP in it. Then put the new SATA disk in and use it to store all the installed programs and all your files on it. As a bonus you won't lose them if the new PATA disk fails or XP gets corrupted. Or install Vista or 7 instead of XP, the have support for SATA disks
Hi, Thanks for the details. I have used K8V-MX Asus motherboard and found it very reliable with quite reasonable performance. It definately supports 500 GB Sata drive and there must not be any issues after increasing just the storage. However, Operating System upgrade may result in sluggish performance. Drivers dont seem to be an issue to me either. I suggest to review a few points detailed as under: - - K8V-MX Asus Supports RAID, so, check for any RAID Drivers/ settings. (You dont have to use RAID for two Hard Drives of different make, capacity and speed). Try using one disk at a time having same Operating System (e.g. Windows XP) and compare the performance. - Infact SATA Drives have better data transfer rate than IDE, which results in enhanced performance. - Some Programs (that you may not be using with 80GB drive) Like antivirus may result in decreased performance. - Please Review you Operating System environment and software installed. Make sure that the new drive & Operating System are free of any virus, which results in CPU Utilization upto 100%. - Also, motherboard supports Max 2GB RAM, so you may consider adding more RAM.
Let me know if any further clarification/ assistance is required. Hope it helps! Good Luck! CreativeTECH
Dear Fried its possible.. Go the Boot Menu at your BIOS ( For go the BIOS Press DEL at startup your system) there you may se Hard Disk Priority Option. There you can change Hard disk Priority... you may need setup your sata as first one..