I can't find in your post why you think there is a 127GB limit. I don't see it.
About Windows Backup. Let's not use this. Look anywhere else.
Hope this helps,
After 4 years (almost to the day) of faithful service my I6000 HD finally goosed at the weekend. The drive started making clicking noises so I guess it is the motor or something. Anyway testing it, I occasionally saw 20GB but never the full 60GB - which could be because I have partitioned it with so I could dual boot into Kubuntu as well as the native XP. I have most of the data mounted from network drives and they are backed up hourly using rsync but there are some bits of Win software I would like to recover. I have never managed to integrate Windows backup in an efficient manner...
But I couldn't find (at least in the UK) a suitable replacement and the Dell site only offered the DVD. A SATA drive clearly won't connect even if it fits (it does fit but doesn't work - I bought a WD 160GB Scorpio by accident:(((( - it was very late at night!)
I have two questions:
1) I gather the maximum size the BIOS will see is 137GB anyway but is there any source of 60GB EIDE drives left? Or 80GB or anything that I can just drop in? I could use a USB drive and load XP on it - I have the CD OK but this would not exactly be portable.
2) What is the best way to recover any information? I have seen reference to Scan Rite (ugh - where was spelling?) and Nero. I loaded Knoppix 6.0.1 but it didn't see the drive at all. Is there any Linux-based software that will enable me to pull a disk image off?
I was looking at the Dell community support pages but they seem to be rather badly organised - I couldn't even see how to post! So I am hoping that some of the wizards around can help. Otherwise I will be down at the store buying a netbook with a solid disk....
ATI MOBILITY Radeon X300
60GB WD Scorpio 600