Dell Not Recognising Large Drive

  beastieboy 16:05 13 Aug 2003


My friend has asked me to fix his system but I am coming across some problems.

The drive has been formatted on his Dell 8200 Inspiron system and I belive it's a 110Gb drive. I've read somewhere that the BIOS would not be able to recognise a drive of this size, the drive is a Western Digital drive. I remember when looking at the drive throught partition magic on my system it had a 30Mb FAT partition then the rest of the drive in NTFS format after. However the 110Gb drive is just now one single partition of type NTFS.

I have also read that I will need a utility from Dell to solve this problem. Does such a utility exist and if so how would I use it so that the drive would be recognised by the BIOS so that I can install Windows XP Pro on it - it wasn't also recognised when trying to install this.

Many thanks,


  beastieboy 17:23 13 Aug 2003


  Megatyte 17:48 13 Aug 2003

Down Data Lifeguard v10.0 from

click here


  beastieboy 17:52 13 Aug 2003

So after downloading, will it work - how to use it?

  Megatyte 17:52 13 Aug 2003

Down = Download :-)

  Megatyte 17:57 13 Aug 2003

Never used Western D. but I've used similar utilities from other manufacturers. There should be instructions somewhere in the download.

To see what you're getting click here


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