HDD inaccurately recognized

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jobi4

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I fdisked and formatted a Packard Bell 486 sx for a friend. It has a 1.2 gig HDD installed but only recognizes 143MB. I tried manually resetting bios but it still only recognizes the 143 Mb. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. It has phoenix bios 1.1. OS is win 95 Upgrade installed over win 3.1 and dos 6.2.

Thanks :cool:
 

Bryan

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You either need to update the BIOS or install drive overlay software to be able to fully address the entire drive. I doubt you'll find a BIOS upgrade for that older BIOS but maybe someone will know otherwise.

Do you know the maker of the hardrive? Most makers have their own software overlay for the drives which you can download from their sites for free.
 

jobi4

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I will look it up again when I can get to the comp. and try the MFG
software. probably be tomorrow before I can get to it. Thanks again.
jobi4
 

~Candy~

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Hi jobi4, I've successfully put EZ-Bios (Maxtor's overlay software) on non-Maxtor drives.......it works well.....and I agree with Brian, on that 486, you definitely are going to need an overlay.
 
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