I have bought a hard drive to replace a faulty? (slow) The make of the one I'm replacing is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB ata/133 HD (IDE connector, as I my mobo is an old one and doesn't have SATA!!!)
My new hard drive is a Western Digital WD2500 Caviar SE Enhanced IDE Hard Drive 250GB. I plugged it in and booted up and went into the BIOS settings and it only shows 136GB. I have formatted it and partitioned it and in disk management / Acronis Disk Director 10 it only shows 127.99GB!!! (it is used as a slave drive)
I have read a number of forums (solutions) but non seem to apply. I know that some 'old' mobos won't show more than 137gb but my mobo had no trouble showing up the 200gb hard drive I'm replacing, nor the 250gb primary drive. I have tried the drive in both primary and slave but the result is the same.
Does anyone have any suggestions?!
I haven't updated my bios settings.... ever!! and in case this may be the solution is there anyway of finding out what mobo I have as I didn't build my own pc, so I have no idea what mobo is in there (it's a winfast something or other)
Thanks in advance for any help given, if there's anything else you need to know, just ask. :up:
I would think that when you installed the old maxtor, it used a drive overlay to access the full size of the drive.
Post the exact specs on your mb and we can attempt to find out if you need a bios update. Basically if your bios has a date earlier than mid 2002 or so, it needs an update to run large hd. In addition if you run win2k, there is a reg fix that must be applied for really large drive [in addition to sp4] I do not remember the exact size however when using 500gig drive with win2k, I had to apply the reg fix.
It was an old custom build that I mainly use for video encoding etc....
I think it's a foxconn mobo, that's all I remember when I bought the board, and the bios, like you say should be fine for picking up large capacity hard-drives.... I just don't know why it won't show the full capapcity
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