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By docd58 ·
i j ust put a new 30 gig drive in my machine. its only reading about 6 or 8 gigs of it. i know with the old bios it may not read the larger drives. i probably need to partition the remaining space. whats the best way to do that ? when i start from scratch and reset the primary partition, what values do i use for the secondary partitions ?? i dont know if the bios is flashable or replaceable. that would fix the problem.

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by opatzg In reply to new hard drive ,old bios ...

As far as bios options you'll be getting that from maxwell and the chas, basically find your motherboard on motherboards.org and download the most recent mb drivers. If you can't figure it out there are tools there to tell you what your bios/mb is. Next your 30 gig drive should have come with drive mastering software in case you can't use all of it due to bios problems, if not go to the drive manufacturers web site for their free download. It will come with a readme file explaining how to use it. I just loaded an 80g drive on a system whihc would only support 32g drives ibm.com has a pointer in its help area for ontracs driver which I beleive is universal, but I'd still recommend going to your manufacturers site. good luck

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by TheChas In reply to new hard drive ,old bios ...

First, if the BIOS only recognizes the drive as 6GB or 8GB, you need to correct that, or the unused space on the drive will not be available at all.
You can not partition any more of the drive than what the BIOS recognizes.

If you are lucky, your system/motherboard mfg has a newer BIOS that you can download and install that will take care of the problem.
If you have a name brand PC, you need to go to the mfgs web site, and look up your model in the support section to see if there is a BIOSupdate available.
If not a name brand, go to either www.wimsbios.com
or www.motherboards.org and use the motherboard identification tools to see if a BIOS update is available.

There should also be a page of instructions for how to flash your BIOS.
Follow these carefully.

If the revision history for the BIOS does not state that they have corrected detection of large hard drives, flashing the BIOS will not do you any good.

Other options to use the full capacity of the drive:

3rd party BIOS upgrades.
www.unicore.com
Expect to spend around $60

Drive / BIOS overlay program.
You can download this from most drive manufactures.
Caution: You need to follow special proceedures to boot from a floppy or CD drive and have 'propper' access to the hard drive.

New IDE controller card.
$30 or less.
In my opinion, the 'best' answer is to install a NEW PCI IDE controller card.
Not only will the BIOS on the card detect all of your new hard drive, the card will allow you to use the full data transfer speed of the new drive.
Your motherboard at best has a UDMA33 IDE controller. Upgrading to an ATA100 controller will triple the data transfer rate.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to new hard drive ,old bios ...

As to partitioning in general;

I set up my drives with several partitions.
For a single physical drive system, I would set a primary DOS partition, and an extended DOS partition.
In the extended DOS partition, you can define 1 or more 'logical'drives.

For more details, check out the partition stratagy article at www.aumha.org
and the fdisk links at www.fdisk.com/fdisk

My general caveot for partition / logical drive size is to avoid having a drive just larger than the next step in cluster size.

For your 30GB drive, I would likely set up the following
8GB primary DOS partition
22GB extended DOS partition (remainder of the drive)

Then, in the extended partition, I would set up 2 or 3 logical drives.
It all depends on howyou want to organize your files.
You might want 2 8GB drives, and a 6GB.
Or, 3 7.3GB drives.

Chas

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by dmiles In reply to new hard drive ,old bios ...

Check the motherboard manufacturer to see if their is a BIOS update available,when the startup screen appears pause the screen at the bios listed in the upper left corner,also in the bottom left corner you can see the motherboard P/N which you can get the manufacturer model from.

The partitions can be setup using the setup disk that accompanies the new hard drive,but this will only be supported by the bios capability to support the number of partitions and the size of those partitions,whichwould leave you with a lot of free space

Try using a third party software or see if the bios can be updated

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