Re: MY NEW QUANTUM DRIVE IS GIVING ME A HEADACHE!! PLEASE HELP!!!

Re: MY NEW QUANTUM DRIVE IS GIVING ME A HEADACHE!! PLEASE HELP!!!


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Posted by Mace on July 07, 2001 at 17:28:40:

In Reply to: MY NEW QUANTUM DRIVE IS GIVING ME A HEADACHE!! PLEASE HELP!!! posted by f on July 05, 2001 at 18:52:39:

Hi Felix,

Recently I bought an IBM 40 Gb DeskStar drive and encountered the same headache. Your problem is known as the 33.8 Gb barrier. Chances are you have Award BIOS 4.51 installed. This BIOS is INCAPABLE of handling drivers bigger than 33.8 Gb. However, you DON'T have to throw your drive out the window, because there are solutions to the problem:

1. Get an Award BIOS upgrade. You already did this, but the fact is that the last BIOS release for your motherboard still doesn't support the drive size. However it IS possible to get an upgrade from third party BIOS developers (look at www.phoenix.com), but it will cost some money. :(

2. Clip your drive to 33.8 Gb by jumpering a connection at the back of your drive. Check your drive's manual for this option. If available, this will in fact disable 8 Gb of your drive's capacity, but your current BIOS will be able to handle it. Needless to say this is rather a silly option for the manufacturers to put into their products, but hey, we're silly customers too! ;-)

3. Install a Dynamic Drive Overlay. I won't go into detail, because I think this method sucks. It means that, if your drive supports this, you tell it to report its size to the BIOS as being 33.8 Gb (the barrier value). Your computer will continue booting and from then on you run a harddisk maintenance program to install the overlay software. My advice: leave this alone. It works, but a hardware solution (4) is much better.

4. Install a Promise ULTRA 100 PCI IDE Controller in your system and connect your new drive to it. The controller is relatively cheap (about 50 US Dollars) and is likely to help your new drive perform better than the onboard IDE controllers, as these will probably not support the drive's fastest Ultra DMA modes.

My advice: go for option 4. The manufacturer's site is www.promise.com. If you want to read more about the 33.8 Gb barrier (and other ones!), go to http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/size-i.htm

Rest assured, you'll get your drive to work! I know I did, even being a silly customer... ;-)

Maurice



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