500 gb hard drive install help

By rich311 ยท 5 replies
Jan 7, 2009
  1. i have a dell dimesion 8100 and the hard drive crashed on and it was a 40 gb so i purchased a western digital 500gb hard drive installed it going through the setup to install windows vista and it went to re boot and now it says drive fails to boot . am i missing something or is it to big for my computer ?can someone please help me?
  2. coalfire

    coalfire TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Without the service tag I can't be sure but it looks like the 8100 only supports upto 60GB hard drive (from a quick search) however I would purchase an IDE controller card then the size shouldn't matter because you have the IDE controller card which will replace the 'brains' on your pc and update them so they can see big drives (you will need a spare PCI slot)

    See what others think but this would be the way I go.

    It may also be worth checking if you have the lattest BIOS as a newer version may support bigger drives.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,189   +470

    Did you change the jumper setting on the back of the new drive to match the one you removed. Dell seems to use Cable Select (CS) a lot.
  4. rich311

    rich311 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its in the same spot as the old .....
  5. rich311

    rich311 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok im fairly new to this so which ide do i need and how do i check for a newer version of bios i have the sevice tag number too i typed it in on the dell web site and it just told me i was out of warranty .....
  6. coalfire

    coalfire TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Check what version BIOS you have the version should be displayed during boot up. If it isn't then simply go into the BIOS Setup by pressing the F2 key when the Dell logo appears at boot up. The currently installed BIOS version will be displayed on the top of the BIOS Setup page.

    You need A07 or above for Large capacity drives I think

    The newest version for the 8100 is here http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=1&fileid=51284
    but check the importnat info first to make sure it is ok if not get the A09 version here http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=2&libid=1&fileid=38682

    try that first
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