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20Gb Shows As 8Gb in BIOS

By Robert Young ·
I have recently installed an IBM Deskstar 20Gb drive into a friends machine and it shows as only 8Gb in both BIOS and under Partition Magic 5. I suspect that the BIOS of the motherboard may require upgrading as it appears to be quite old. (The slotto feed in coal for steam power kind of gives it away) but the user doesnt want to spend any more money upgrading to a better mobo and CPU. Any other suggestions from my fellow support blokes and blokesses?

I'm still trying to get him to give methe BIOS ID from the bottom of the POST screen but it's taking him a while!

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R Young

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by george_koitchev In reply to 20Gb Shows As 8Gb in BIOS

No chance to do it without upgradin BIOS.
Most of the older BIOSes do not support HDDs over 8.4GB but with an upgrade it has a good chance to reach 30GB.
You can see the BIOS ID easily by pressing the Pause key on the POST screen.
Have a Safe Day!
George

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by clover252525 In reply to 20Gb Shows As 8Gb in BIOS

ONTRACK has a program called Disk Manager that allows you to access disks larger than 8GB on older BIOSes. You can find more information here: http://www.ontrack.com/DiskGo/
It's not free but it is cheaper than upgrading to a new motherboard. I use it on my 2nd computer and it's a cinch to install and use.

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by spiceman In reply to 20Gb Shows As 8Gb in BIOS

Ensure that in the BIOS you have selected large disk support and also the same by using fdisk.

Upgrading the BIOS is essential if it needs upgrading.

Were there software that came with the hard disk - usually you do get that with bigger hard drives. You should run that.

If you have Windows 95/98 select large disk support, if you have winows NT run disk administrator you should see the rest of the hard disk as unpartioned portion and you can configure it from there.

Check IBM supportsite to download patches or BIOS upgrades as well as the motherboard manufacturer's site.

Good luck. Need precise motherboard info etc. to give precise answers.

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