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Solved: new hard drive,old compaq(hardware limitation)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DJTEEL, Jan 18, 2007.

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    DJTEEL Thread Starter

    Apr 7, 2004
    old compaq presario with 4gb drive,...i installed new 80gig drive. it formatted to 7% and i got MBR changed or installed or something message..i tried install again..it formats to 7% and pops up a an error message ,claiming that it's due to a possible hardware limitation.please tell me that this is (probably)only a bios setting that needs to be changed.
    i realise that older pc's can't/don't accept large drives.before the drive began the formating process a system scan took place and it passed the ultra ata thingy,so the machine is good to go in that respect..i was even unsure of that at the beginning so i was relieved when it detected the ata. anyway..i hope you guys can help...the hard drive was christmas present from me to my sister.i told her not to pay someone to install it as i could do it myself,which i've done plenty of times in newer machines and never had any problems.
    thanx guys!! and happy new year!
  2. Mulderator


    Feb 20, 1999
    Sounds like you probably need a BIOS update. What system is that? It has to be pretty old and probably not worth the trouble. What O/S is it? Older version of Windows didn't recognize drives over certain capacties and it was pretty small.
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