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hard drive too small

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Rohlen, Feb 2, 2003.

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  1. Rohlen

    Rohlen Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2003
    I have an HP 8650C 533mhz. It had a 20gb hard drive that went bad about a month ago. Today I bought a western digital 80 gig 7200 rpm hard drive. When I installed it and right click on my c drive it tells me my hard drive capacity is 1.99 gig. I tried downloading bios configurations update but they did not seem to do anything. There was an error, something about a memory manager. Any ideas how I can get it to recognize the 80 gig size???
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'm going to guess that the BIOS date is no later than 1999. If so, the machine will have problems with drives larger than 32gigs, and if there isn't a BIOS upgrade, that's a problem.

    There are two solutions, one is the partitioning software that comes with most large drives, like Maxblast with Maxtor drives. The other is an add-on IDE controller, like the Promise Ultra133 TX2. Both will allow you to use the full capacity of the drive.
  3. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hi, If you didnt get a copy of the WD tools for drive setup, called a drive overlay, here is a page to get them.
    Read the instructions- and, if you ever format your hard drive that has this drive overlay, you have to reinstall it to the drive(s) that had it before. http://support.wdc.com/download/
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