[QUOTE=steve b;2108576]I guess you know about the 137 GB limit issue with Windows 2000. I’ve forgotten the details but as I recall you need at least SP3 and a registry zap to overcome it.
Thanks, I have already used the “EnableBigLBA” registry mod.
Actually, other brands of SATA II drives will also give you the same problem. That VIA SATA controller does not support any of the advanced SATA features at all. And the only reason why the old 80GB Hitachi drives worked on your system is because those particular drives weren’t native SATA drives at all – but instead, they were PATA drives with a SATA bridge chip.
RJL65 you are correct the Hitachi drives are IDE with a bridge chip.
I have managed to get around the problem
Although I don’t want to use RAID, just as an experiment I enabled the SATA RAID controller in the BIOS and installed the VIA RAID driver package.
I now have 2 SATA RAID drives listed in device manager, and although Nero Info tool still lists them as DMA - off, they are performing OK in the Cache - Test all hard disk speeds section of Nero Burning Rom (95,086KB/s)
So although maybe not the correct way of doing it, it does mean I can use the Seagates with my system.
Thanks for all the input.