Re: HELP !! BIOS Upgrade needed for 80GIG HD ?????????

Re: HELP !! BIOS Upgrade needed for 80GIG HD ?????????

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Posted by Henry on October 01, 2001 at 19:00:36:

In Reply to: HELP !! BIOS Upgrade needed for 80GIG HD ????????? posted by Dick on October 01, 2001 at 17:00:43:

: Hi

: I just bought an 80gig HD to put in my 900mhz 1024RAM running an AWARD BIOS ver 4.51 machine that was running Win ME. Had no success trying bios auto recognize to read the new HD. It reads my smaller original drive no problem, but hangs when trying to auto detect my new drive. If I remove my original small HD and just have the new one installed, I get a disk boot failure message and it locks up. I tried to install win 2000 pro and I used the 4 startup disks because it didn't get the CD ROM working. After loading all 4 disks, it asks me if I want to install win 2000 and I say yes, it formats the new 80gig HD, but when it tells you to remove the disk in drive A and the computer will restart, it tries to restart, but still does not recognize the hard drive. Do I need a BIOS upgrade ???? or could it be something else ???? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Please email me

If your BIOS does not recognize your HDD and you proceed anyway you RISK the system marking everything above the BIOS limit BAD. Thats a quick and easy way to get a 32GB HDD - or maybe as low as 8.4GB.

You need a BIOS update, IF one is available that will support your HDD. If no BIOS update you can get an ATA/66 or ATA/100 expansion card that supports any IDE HDD up to about 128GB. I DO NOT RECOMMEND a software drive overlay because you have two widely different HDDs.

You should look for a BIOS update on your mainboard maker's web site. You must know the mainboard maker, the mainboard model and the hardware revision (version). READ the Release Notes CAREFULLY - IF the Release Notes DO NOT state that it was changed to support HDDs >80GB there is no point trying it. BIOS updates are cumulative - the last issue includes all revs, so read ALL of the release notes for all of the releases to find out what the update can be expected to fix. If you don't know what board you have and who made it and if it is NOT printed on the board then follow the motherboard ID article at:

Good Luck,

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