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tommyt13

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I am having problems using a 200gb drive with an older (2002) gateway. I installed the HD and ran fine for a few months, then I got the the disk read error. I used old drive to load windows and reformatted the 200gb drive, and the it worked fine for another couple months.
I have changed IDE cables and tried everything else but updating bios. So I am currently trying to update the bios with no luck.

My bios readout is as follows
bios rev PT84510A.15A.0005.PO3.0203061931 DATE 03/06/02

I went to gateway website and entered my serial number for the update and found the update for 12/2002, not that current. But i tried it and follwed the directions exactly. the floppy would not work, i got the nonsystem disk error.

Any suggestions for properly updating my bios?
 

~Candy~

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Unless a bios update addresses the specific problem that you are having, DON'T DO IT.

It could break other things.
 

Triple6

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I don't think a BIOS update will solve your drive problem.

A disk read error usually indicates a failing hard drive. I'd run the manufacturer's diagnostics on it.
 

tommyt13

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I think it may have only seen 147gb but I dont know. When i load diagnostics it says 147 gb but when i o0pen my computer and view it via E drive it says 200gb
 

tommyt13

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I will take all suggestions on the disk read error press Ctrl alt del to restart.
 

~Candy~

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If my computer sees it for 200 gigs, then that is fine. You definitely do NOT need a bios update.

As to the disk read error, that is usually indicative of a failing drive.

Download the drive diagnostics program (or perhaps the drive came with the disk) and run it on the drive.
 

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When the computer is starting, there is a key to press after the first beep...usually DEL, F1 or F2 (most common). Once there you should see hard drive info.
 
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