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mattkenn_4545
06-13-04, 12:53 AM
I just got a 160GB hardrive and copied over all my movies to it. Everything seemed to be working OK up until i put it in a little server so everyone at my house can watch them. It appeared to be working fine, recognized the size and I could browse the files just fine. Now some of the files don't play. When I take it out and put it in my computer everything is fine. If anyone has any ideas please HELP!!! (Really Don't want to but a PCI IDE card just for this)

The server specs:
133MHZ Pentum
Toshiba something motherboard
96MB of ram
win2000 Pro

My comp specs:
See sig
winxp pro

Harddrive specs:
EIDE 160 GB Seagate model:ST3160023A
Formated NTFS by Windows XP

mattkenn_4545
06-13-04, 12:58 AM
Some more info
Bytes per NTFS sector 512
Cluster size 4Kb
First MTF Cluster 4
File record size 1Kb
NTFS ver 3.1


What I wonder about is does Win2000 Support NTFS ver 3.1
Can fat32 handle a 160gb partition? Why i ask is Maybe i should try to covert to fat32 and live with it. What is the advatages of NTFS?

GlowStick
06-13-04, 01:56 AM
Ok, you have a big pickle.

First of all, when its on the slow computer, check to see how big it recogniszes the drive?

Next, I belive its Windows 2000 Pro with Service Pack 3 installed will recoginzie large drives.

Third, Fat32, no, Fat32 dosent even support files bigger than 4gig's

Next, even with Windows 2000 Pro SP3 you still need a IDE controler that supports LBA-48, witch is only supported by ATA-133 IDE contorolers, and unless you have a PCI one, i assure you your motherboard one dose not support it.

So basicly you need a modern pc to use such large drives.

mattkenn_4545
06-14-04, 06:48 AM
Thanks, Bummer, guess i'm buying a pci ide card dont really want to spend any more after all i needs to do is serve files less than 1.4gigs so i think it is only a ata33 interface. The odd thing was that win2000 detected it all right, size and all and most of the file played just file.

stncttr908
06-14-04, 11:41 AM
Thanks, Bummer, guess i'm buying a pci ide card dont really want to spend any more after all i needs to do is serve files less than 1.4gigs so i think it is only a ata33 interface. The odd thing was that win2000 detected it all right, size and all and most of the file played just file.
You could get a PCI IDE card for < $30 if it's that important to ya.

GlowStick
06-14-04, 04:54 PM
You really should consider buying a new pc heh. dell has some low cost entry level celeron servers that have no monitors on them nor os for cheep.