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not bob the builder
06-28-2001, 01:55 AM
Come up against an oooold BIOS problem whilst installing 13.xGb HD in a PC for my brother-in-law.
It's a Samsung 13.x Gb HD but the older-than-the-hills BIOS/PC will only recognise 8555Mbs (ish) of it. Now there MUST be hundreds of utils that will resolve this but can I find a single one??
Rhetorical btw... Any suggestions??
I MAY be able to resolve this through a BIOS flash but given the age of the motherboard I am not hopeful and may do more damage than good.
A quick scan of the Samsung site led me to downloads of Ontrack DiscManager and I also stumbled over some other bits&pieces which promised int13h diagnostics and workarounds elsewhere on the net.
Before I start destroying a working PC however, anyone care to tell me the easy/proper way to get the HD to recognise as a >8Gb device??

(sorry, proper email offline and ICQ needs reinstalling... hotmail or nothing...)

06-28-2001, 02:05 AM
Now this may be a lame alternative, but since it is a new HD why not just use f/disk to create another drive? Two smaller drives would be beneficial IMO. Maintenance apps would run faster as well as the fact you could install back-ups on the other drive. If this tain't the route you wanna go...I'm sure there is a drive utility out there http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

Edit: Check out this page (http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/downloads/user_guide_06.html) I will look for the utility mentioned http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

Edit 2: Here it is! (http://www.ontrack.com/samsung/) http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
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not bob the builder
06-28-2001, 05:16 AM
Hehe.. thought about partitioning drive but it only detects at 8gb, BIOS just won't see above that and hangs if I try to manually enter drive details.
Fdisk will only see 8.xGb and Windows also only sees the smaller size setting so stuck using the basic tools at my current disposal.
3rd party app to sit inbetween BIOS and OS it is going to HAVE to be, or a BIOS update which I'm not overly keen on the idea of.
I've downloaded the Samsung DiskManager stuff just not transferred it over to the PC in question yet. Let the site know when I've done it.. I may need further help :-)
Anyone already done this tedious task themselves? Am I at least on the right lines with installing OnTrack software onto offending system??

Putting the "Personally, mate, I'd chuck it out and get myself a new one.." into "PC".

06-28-2001, 10:14 AM
Hey Not Bob,

Yep, go right ahead and use the Ontrack software. It will install a Disk Drive Overlay so's the machine will see the entire drive.

I have used many different Disk Management Softwares and can tell you from personal experience, that they are a breeze. There is also the option to remove the DDO, if you should want to install the HD in a newer machine, and there's also an option to copy all contents from one drive to another.

Have fun.


Big Blue 66

Woe is me.

06-28-2001, 02:38 PM
As mentioned above you can use fdisk to give you for e.g a 5 gb partition, when you restart your Pc and go back into fdisk you will be able to see the 5 gb partition and another 8 gb to partion as you want (the bios will only read a 8 Gb partition not necesaarily only a 8GB HDD).

Just another option.