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Windows XP seeing 20Gb Hard drive as 2 Gb

By SkipZ ·
Here?s my problem. When installing XP Pro on my computer (EPOX 8RDA3 Mother Board) it only sees my hard drive as 2 Gb when actually it?s a 20 Gb IBM Hard drive. The Bios sees it as a 20 Gb. I can fdisk it at 20 and install win 98 with no problem. When I try to upgrade to XP it gives the error Unmountable_Boot_Volume. So I run fdisk and delete all primary, extended and logical drives. I install XP again and it still sees the drive as a 2 Gb drive. I?ve been over to Microsoft Support and tried the things they said but still can?t get it working. I?ve changed the 80-pin IDE cable; disabled UDMA set the drive to PIO mode 4. I've even low level formated the hard drive and booted the XP installation from the cd. Same thing XP only sees it as a 2 Gb drive.

Help Please
TIA

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by carlos.nino In reply to Windows XP seeing 20Gb Ha ...

With XP installed, make sure you have the latest drivers available for your motherboard, and specially for the IDE controller.

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by pgm554 In reply to Windows XP seeing 20Gb Ha ...

Sounds like a disk driver issue.

What you need to do:

1.Go to Epox web site and download the driver set file: nForce_winxp_2.00.exe

2.Extract the files and copy contents of the IDE folder to a floppy.

3.You should slipstream the the XP/pro disk(if sp1 is not on your present disk) see:
www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp1_cd.htm
Sp1 has the ability to do 48 bit LBA ,which is what that controller wants.

4.Boot the XP slipstream disk (as it is booting, hit F6 to install additional drivers)and when you are prompted ,insert the floppy with the Nvidia ide drivers.

5.Using the disk utilities in XP install delete and recreate the partitions of your choce.

6.Proceed as directed.

Have fun.

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