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Windows 2000 137GB Barrier Question

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As per: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305098

You need-

A computer with a 48-bit LBA-compatible Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) installed.

An HDD larger than 137Gb

The EnableBigLba registry key to be set to 1 in:


Windows 2000 SP3 or higher

Read the whole KB though, as there's some gotchas about data integrity using the EnableBigLBA key (especially if you go backing out the change).

If by 'out of the box' you mean - works straight away after the OS is deployed, well - you'll need to slipstream SP3 or SP4 to your install, and set the registry key at some point in the build.

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Btw, hfslip automatically* adds 48-bit LBA support into the very beginning of the Win2k setup while also slipstreaming all the post-SP4 updates into the install source...

*It just needs 'reg.exe' from the Win2k CD(SUPPORT\TOOLS\SUPPORT.CAB) placed into the HFTOOLS folder, or into their own '%windir%\system32\' folder.

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