Re: hard drive installation

Re: hard drive installation

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Posted by Henry on December 30, 2001 at 21:03:19:

In Reply to: hard drive installation posted by Al P. on December 30, 2001 at 00:02:26:

: I am trying to install a Maxtor 10 gig hard drive on my sons computer, but I can not get the computer to boot up properly. The computer is about 5 years old, a P1 166mhz, with a 1.6 gig HD. I suspect I am hitting some kind of barrier, and can not figure out how to get past it. The 10 gig HD works fine in my computer, and the 1.6 gig HD works fine in his, but I can not get my 10 gig to work in his. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

It is highly likely that you have hit a BIOS capacity limit, possibly as low as 2.1 GB or as high as 8.4 GB. If the BIOS does not recognize the full capacity of your HDD - STOP THERE - if you proceed anyway you risk having format or scandisk mark everythng above the BIOS capacity limit "BAD" and useless. You may also have some software/OS limits, too. If you are using win95a or earlier you will be limited to FAT16 with 2.1GB partitions. Maxtor has an article on BIOS capacity limits (a little out of date now, fairly technical, but still useful) at:

If you have a BIOS limit the best solution will be to get an IDE expansion card that supports larger HDDs with its own BIOS (a useful BIOS update for an old board is a very long shot). ISA cards support 8.4 GB (SIIG) or 32 GB (Data Technology); PCI ATA/66 cards (about $20) support HDDs up to about 128 GB. An ATA/66 card would be my choice as it could be used in a future mainboard upgrade while the ISA card might not find an ISA slot on the new board.

Please post your results - especially BIOS capacity limit (HDD capacity reported by BIOS in CMOS Setup) - there may be some other alternatives.

Good Luck,

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