Hello. I just purchased a 200 gb Maxtor Diamond Max 9 hard drive and just partitioned and formatted it using Windows XP Professional. The problem I’m having is that the maximum partition size I could make on it was 130 gb roughly, although it shows up in the bios as 203 gb (the proper capacity). I did some searching and found that the cause of this is that the OS doesn’t support 48-bit LBA addressing without any Service Packs installed although my board does. I downloaded the Maxtor big drive enabler and installed it after downloading and installing Service Pack 2. Now I am unsure what to do in order to make the drive reach its full capacity. I guess I’d have to delete the old 130 gb partition and create a new one. But if I delete the old partition that would also delete the big drive enabler patch and I’d be back to where I started. My version of Windows XP Pro doesn’t have any service packs on it either. I have to download them.
Can anyone please help me out with this? Would appreciate it.