after reformatting my sons pc which has a 20 gb hard drive fitted - windows now tells me that the hard drive is only 7.9 gb - any help would be the m/c is a dell dimesion p3 700 with xp o/s
check the cylinder/head/sectors settings in the bios (and LBA mode is selected)
thanks but no joy there
Have you gone into FDISK and set the partitions correctly.Paul.
it could be that the motherboard can only accept a maximum of 8Gig hard drives without software from the drive manufacturer which tricks the motherboard into accepting larger drives.if this rings a bell then you will have to go to the web site of the hard drive manufacturer and download the relevent files to do this & the instructions.ORare you installing windows 95 release A, i seem to recall that win95A only accepted a maximum of (i think it was) 8 GIGcouple of ideas for you but i dont have a firm answergood luck anyway.
You have a bios limitation it need flashing with new bios
PS you will need to go to dell for the flash file and flash utilitie
If the disk is partitioned, you should use Fdisk and remove - in this order - logical drive, extended drive, and primary drive. Restart Fdisk and (if required) re-partition your drive and then format.This MAY be a cure and solve the problem.Bodi
I hope it's just the thread I've killed and not the computer. lolBodi
flashed the bios from dell support site - and it should now support drives bigger than 8gb once I get round tpo reformatting
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