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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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    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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