Windows Xp Recognize A 250 Gb Hard Drive As 128 Gb

My windows xp does not recognise the 250 gb disk but says its 128gb. What could be the reason?

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250 Gb Drive Recognized As 128 Gb In Xp

First, i know why this is happening and that i can fix it by upping to service pack 1 or 2, as described in this thread: http://forums.

Second, i want to use this new drive as a backup so i can reinstall with xp sp2. If i format it as 128gb, can i use those 128 gigs safely to store my backup files? So when i reinstall with sp2, it won't erase anything on that drive?

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