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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

By dpubinski ·
I am running a Shuttle "hot-591p" mobo, 450 k6 AMD, and a 10 gig Western Digital HD.Bios are Award v4.51pg.
Tried to up grade to a 40 gig Western Digital WD400 HD.
The bios could not configure to it. Can it be done? Or should I build a new systemworthy of this hard drive?

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by True_Texan In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

You might check to see if there is an upgrade for your BIOS. If so, you may be able to flash your BIOS and cure your problem.

If not and you don't want to build a new system around your hard drive, most hard drives come with some sort of translation program which will allow you to use the entire drive. I really don't like this option because it puts one more problem in the way if your hard drive ever crashes, and you need to retrieve information.

In rare cases, I've used the translationprograms. Generally, they work well and cause few problems.

Hope this helps!

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by dpubinski In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

Shuttle had a flash for this (listed as a beta). it worked fine. Thanks

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by fenaikh In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

Hi
pls read these from pcguide


Good luck

Mohamed
Hard Disk BIOS and Capacity Factors

1- BIOS and the Hard Disk

2- Hard Disk Size Barriers

3- BIOS Translation Modes

4- Overcoming BIOS Disk Size Barriers


http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/index-i.htm

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by dpubinski In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

alot of reading. Found a bios flash at Shuttle that cured the problem.
thanks

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by tjc In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

1st. Connect the 40GB by its self and the master drive and see if the bios reconizes it. You may not have the master/slave pins correct.

2nd. If the bios doens't reconize correctly, then go to the western digital site and download there bios cover over program. I don't know where on there site, I'm a seagate fan and then try it as the master drive and see what happens.

if it then works try this 40GB as the master and the 10 as the slave and see what happens, if it does work then you have to do the process of moveing the 10 GB stuff to the 40GB stuff.

Good luck.

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by dpubinski In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

Shuttle had the bios flash.Thanks

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Bios cannot recognize 40 gig hard drive

by csmith In reply to Bios cannot recognize 40 ...

No Panic.
Read the Cyl, Hd, and Sect. off the drive, put the mode to "Normal" , and manually enter the numbers in the BIOS.
You may have to get the correct information off of the WD website. (Some of the WD labels on some of their drives are not correct.)
The BIOS HD size displayed will be trash, but it will work.
Just do the normal fdisk and format, and Windows will load just fine and Windows will recognize the size of the drive properly.
(Remember Windows uses vfat, so the BIOS is bypassed anyway, except for the MBR on Track 0 during the initial boot.) (Remember to select FAT 32 (Large Disk Support) during fdisk.)
The advantage of doing it this way is that, if you ever have to do a virus cleaning, using a floppy, its a lot easier.
Regards, Chris

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