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- BIOS 33gb limit
September 29, 2006, 12:57 pm
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Pulled the old 2Gb hd from the Vectra VEi8 after updating the processor
from a Katmai to a tualatin.
Stuck in the 40Gb drive I had laying around. No boot into BIOS, so set
the jumper on it to 32Gb limit. Booted into BIOS smooth as silk.
Right now Win XP Home has created partition size for C as 20GB and is
After windows is all set up on C, and it shows 12Gb as an extra drive,
can I pull the jumper, let it find the extra space on D so I can have
use of all 40?
Hey David, Feb came early. Too much time on my hands. ;)
Re: BIOS 33gb limit
My two cents, NO.
The BIOS sets/controls the specs of the hard drive for the operating system.
The only way to get around the BIOS limit is to load the extra driver
at times has been supplied by the hard drive makers.
Disk Drive Overlay is one of the pieces of software that comes to mind.
Or get an add on a newer IDE/ATA controller and put it in a PCI slot.
And run the hard drive off the add on controller.
Re: BIOS 33gb limit
As others have mentioned, first try looking for a later BIOS release. I
don't think removing the jumper is an option but you can try, I don't think
you have anything to loose. Maybe you'll have to boot from a floppy/CD each
time and get it to point to the OS partitio on the HDD? I don't know if
that's possible but may be worth looking into.
The best bet though would be to get your hands on a PCI - ATA adapter card.
(and set BIOS to boot from 'SCSI') Not only will it solve this problem but
it should increase performance considerably. Probably better than messing
with the BIOS as you've already been relatively lucky getting the tui to run
in that machine. I'd be inclined to leave the BIOS alone. Or not. <g>
Depends on whether you need the machine to be running or can afford what may
be an extended outage.
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