reply to n_w95482
Re: [hard drive] I have a new 160GB HDD coming.
said by n_w95482:The problem is the primary partition needs to fall in the first 132gb. said by norwegian:
If the bios is limited to 28-bit though, from what I can see, you can create another (second) partition for data with the spare space of the drive.
That is correct.
This ensures that the everything in the primary partition is accessible to the bios during boot. (You need to be able to access the bootloader, hiberfil.sys etc.) Once windows xp or later has booted windows is not longer subject to the 132gb limitation and can access drives using its own drivers. After that point you are subject to the limitations of ntfs etc.