Re: fujitsu hard drive setup

Re: fujitsu hard drive setup


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Posted by Henry on September 02, 2001 at 20:09:18:

In Reply to: fujitsu hard drive setup posted by moondogger on September 01, 2001 at 17:46:16:

: reformatted and reinstalled my version of win 98SE on a monorail system. I did this install to the hard drive but on a compaq system and it booted from compaq ok. when i installe d this same hard drive on the monorail system it won't recognize the drive. Award modular biosv4.51PG and monorail bios V1.05ext v10a. in cmos i've changed to user and auto, still no go. Help!


You appear to have at least two issues here, one is about your BIOS the other about your operating system.

Your BIOS must be capable of displaying 100% of your hard drive capacity, otherwise it cannot be used without one or more changes. If one of your computers recognizes the full capacity of a HDD then it is clear that the HDD is working OK. The BIOS in your monorail system apparently does not support (recognize) a HDD as large as the one you are trying to use, whatever that is.

Some of your options for using your HDD on the Monorail system are:
1. Update BIOS to a version that supports large HDDs (Download from the board maker's web site).
2. Use an ATA/66 or ATA/100 IDE card (supports up to about 128GB.
3. Use a hardware BIOS extension from:
http://store.firmware.com/cgi-bin/mfi
or:
http://www.unicore.com/products/extenders/lbapro.htm
4. Get a custom BIOS from:
http://www.unicore.com
5. TRY to use a drive overlay program such as Disk Manager or EZ-BIOS.

If you want to update the Monorail BIOS you should search the mainboard maker's (MAY not be Monorail) web site for it. You will need to know the mainboard maker, the mainboard model and the mainboard hardware revision. If you need to figure out maonboard amker and model then read the Motherboard ID artiicle at:
http://www.pcnineoneone.com

Some folks claim to have good luck with drive overlays but my preference is to avoid them if possible (use as a last resort):
1. A drivelay may be incompatible with your PC's BIOS
2. A drive overlay may not work out if you have two or more different HDDs on one PC.
3. If you want to use two or more HDDs they should be identical (same maker, same model, same capacity); sometimes same maker is sufficient.
4. You may be unable to move the HDD with drive overlay to another PC without data loss.
5. You may have difficulty removing the drive overlay without losing data.

Not many years ago we could install DOS on a HDD and move the HDD from system to system with no problems as long as the BIOS recognized the HDD, but NO MORE. Whem we install a version of windows on a PC it pretty well embeds it self into the system - it is very difficult, if not practically impossible to install windows on one PC and expect it to work (without changes) on a similar system. Reason: windows installs drivers to match the first system's hardware configuration so the OS will not work, WITHOUT CHANGES, on a second system. It makes the most sense to install windows on the hardware where it will run - even if that means temporarily installing a FDD and/or a CD-R on the target system.

Hope this helps,
Henry


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