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problems with new hard drive

By bkd39
Apr 12, 2005
  1. I installed a new 80gb hard drive to run as slave with my old hard drive, but my computer only shows 7gb of the new hard drive. what's the problem :confused:

    I fomatted it, ran fdisk and no change
     
  2. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    What OS?

    What operating system are you using?
     
  3. bkd39

    bkd39 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    windows xp
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Did you connect it, using an 80-wire ribbon-cable?
    The old 40-wire cables don't cut it anymore.
     
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The old IDE cables are 100% compatible with all PATA drives. The amount of wires only affects the data transfer speeds possible.

    How old is your computer? It could be suffering from the 8.4GB barrier.
     
  6. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    BIOS Update to Fix 8.4 Gig Barrier

    BTW, it's a BIOS update that will address the 8.4 Gig barrier mentioned by Nodsu. If your computer was purchased this century, it's probably not the 8.4 Gig barrier that's causing your problem. When was it purchased?
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    What shows up in Disk Management? (control panel, administrative tools)
    Does the drive show up as full size there?
     
  8. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    Travel over to bootdisk and grab a WinME boot disk...
    Re-run FDisk and format. Re-boot and you should be good to go...

    patio. :cool:
     
  9. bkd39

    bkd39 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    computer was bought in '99, 2000. it shows 80gb in disk management. i did fdisk and re formatted. nothing :suspiciou
     
  10. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Where is 7 Gigs displayed?

    Where are you seeing 7 Gigs? In the BIOS, during Boot, or in Windows somewhere?
     
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Delete the partitions in disk management and then set them up again in disk management. The fdisk program is your problem here I think.
     
  12. bkd39

    bkd39 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i see the 7gb when i go to 'my computer' and in the bios.
     
  13. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    Then check for a BIOS update since that's what is reporting that size to Windows.

    patio. :cool:
     
  14. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    FYI, on an Asus AV7333/AthlonXP I wanted to add a third HD as slave to a DVD-rom on IDE2, using the existing 40-wire cable.
    BIOS recognised the HD, but Windows 2000/SP4 would not. Only after I changed to an 80-wire IDE-cable AND changed the HD to master AND disconnected the DVD did W2K recognise that HD.
    I have to add that the HD in question was setup in another PC, also with an 80-wire cable.
     
  15. bkd39

    bkd39 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, WILL TRY. THANK YOU ALL :grinthumb
     
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