Re: Cant format my new hd!!!!

Re: Cant format my new hd!!!!

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Posted by Henry on November 14, 2001 at 13:59:47:

In Reply to: Cant format my new hd!!!! posted by Steven on November 12, 2001 at 19:56:49:

: Ok.. on my new box i just built i had two hard drives. But together they were only 4gig, they were drive c and d. ok so my dad bought a new 40gig drive and i took out the old ones stuck in this one. when i boot up it doesnt detect the prim slave, and then i skip that and goto A: and try to format C: and well im new to this stuff and im i forgetting something? Well if osmeone could help me please email me at

: thanks in advance.

DO NOT TRY TO FORMAT YOUR HDD IF BIOS DOES NOT DETECT IT. If you have any success at all your PC will eventually mark everything BAD above the BIOS capacity limit.

Your BIOS apparently does not support large HDDs. The best way to get large HDD support (if no BIOS update is available) is to use an ATA/66 expansion card - it will support large HDDs up to about 128GB.

You MAY get away with using a drive overlay program from the HDD maker, BUT they are not always compatible with PC BIOS and if you have another HDD of different make or model - might not work there either. Read about the problems removing drive overlay program:

Similar problems would exist if you use the overlay on the main (large HDD) and try to read the smaller HDDs.

Good Luck,

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