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12-29-03, 06:00 PM
I recently bought a new hard drive (60GB EIDE UDMA 100 3.5LP 5400RPM ) link to specs and it just arrived and i plugged it in and installed it via the system bios as it should be done. Now that it was found by windows i went to "my computer" and looked at the sytem specs and that where the problem started.
when i got to properties it keeps saying that instead of 60GB i only have 31.4 GB hard drive. to make this point it is in FAT32 at the moment and i would like my full 60GB that i paid for. so whats happening? Edited by: inuur at: 12/29/03 6:03 pm
12-29-03, 06:12 PM
Did you read this page?
What did you use to format the drive? Download the latest version of MaxBlast from Maxtor's website and try formatting with that.
Edit: If it's a BIOS limitation, the quick fix would be to partition the drive with a 30GB partition when formatting, so you'll have a 30GB C: drive and a 30GB D: drive. Edited by: Ruccus at: 12/29/03 6:18 pm
12-29-03, 10:09 PM
I think shop.store.yahoo.com/hd4l....html#1051 is actually the proper section for this problem. Of course, all of those links are dead except for Seagate's...
Quote:If your drive is greater than 33.8 Gbytes, your system BIOS may freeze or lockup at Power On Self Test (POST) or it may show the wrong capacity for the drive. Similar to other BIOS capacity limits, there are three methods to overcome this limitation:
* A third party device driver such as DiscWizard Starter Edition. (Note: this version of DiscWizard Starter Edition can also be used to overcome the FDISK reporting problem for partitions over 68.7 Gbytes)
* An intelligent ATA Host Adapter (e.g., Promise Technology)
* A system BIOS upgrade (contact the system BIOS manufacturer)
Reminder: If the system BIOS can display the full capacity of your drive, a FAT32 file allocation system (i.e., Win95 OSR2, Win98, WinMe) or an NTFS file allocation system (e.g., WinNT) is required to show partition sizes over 2.1 Gbytes.
Basically go into the BIOS setup and see if it shows it as ~32GB or the full 60GB. If the BIOS is only showing 32GB, then nothing else is going to be able to see any more than that. You'll need to update your BIOS or get an IDE controller card that supports drives over 32GB. This is an issue with the BIOS not detecting the hardware properly, so it shouldn't have anything to do with how you partition the drive. The computer simply can't see the hardware past 32GB... -------------------------
12-30-03, 12:03 PM
thanks a lot guys the problem has beeen resolved the system bios wouldnt eccept more than 33.1 GB with out an update from 3rd party software
12-31-03, 12:03 AM
Did you check for a BIOS update for your motherboard? Many did provide updates for this problem, and it's just so much easier if you can actually fix the problem rather than adding "bandaid" software to get around the issue. -------------------------