can't see hard drive bigger than 8GB

  wobblymike 09:52 01 Feb 04
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I have acquired a fairly elderly but functional PC however it will not see hard drives bigger than 8Gb I have heard about an 8GB barrier but am not too well up on it can anyone tell me is there anything I can do to persuade this PC to see hard drives bigger than 8GB.

Mike

  MAJ 10:07 01 Feb 04

You'll need a BIOS upgrade if one is available, or a PCI - IDE controller card.

  bremner 10:38 01 Feb 04

The other option is to use Maxblast or similar depending on the make of drive click here**&p_li=

  Giant68 13:58 01 Feb 04

Older BIOS have a limit to the amount of space registered. There are several ways of getting round this. 1. update the BIOS, risky and if not done properly can destory your PC. 2. each hard drive manufacturer has a utility for free download that will allow you to install the hard drive at its full capacity. Simply d/load and read the instructions on the website for use. 3. a third party software package such as Partition Magic. This will divide the drive up into chunks that Windows will see.


Giant68

  SEASHANTY 14:55 01 Feb 04

See the PC Techguide for CAPACITY BARRIERS on storage and hard disk drives click here

  DieSse 15:58 01 Feb 04

Or the simpler explanation here click here

and it tells you what courses of action you have.

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