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Old 06-15-03, 10:23 AM
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137 gig drive barrier

I have a 120 gig drive that is rapidly getting filled up so I'm thinking about getting a new WD 2000JB 200 gig to transfer everything to and then use the 120 as a slave. I have an ATA133 motherboard so I should be fine there. I have Win2K Pro SP3 and I went through and did this registry edit found at WD's site (pasting it below). Will this be everything I need or are there any other foreseeable problems with adding this drive? What I'm going to do is ghost everything to the new drive.

The following conditions are necessary for the correct functioning of 48-bit LBA ATAPI support:
A computer with a 48-bit LBA-compatible Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) installed.
A computer with a hard disk that has a capacity of greater than 137 gigabytes (GB).
You must enable the support in the Windows registry by adding or changing the EnableBigLba registry value to 1 in the following registry subkey:

To enable 48-bit LBA large-disk support in the registry:
Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
Locate and then click the following key in the registry:

On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
Value name: EnableBigLba
Data type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0x1

Quit Registry Editor.
Old 06-15-03, 01:04 PM
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You should be fine.

I believe these large drives also come with a controller that can handle large drives even if your BIOS can't. But yours should be able to.

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