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Cannot detect New Hard Drive

July 24, 2009 at 17:47:51
Specs: Windows XP

Hi, I have an HP DV9000 laptop and bought a new Harddrive to replace my damaged one (80 GB Seagate momentus). The new disk is a Seagate ST9320320AS 320GB SATA. The problem is Phoenix BIOS version F.2D cannot detect it and also I cannot find a way seagate makes it bootable, I was able to see it and partition it using Bootable Seagate Disk Wizard. I don't know if its still possible like in the old days when, if the BIOS cannot detect a harddrive Seagate Tool will make it bootable for you showing some text before Windows. Is there anyway or a tool to make a HDisk bootable without been detected by BIOS? Or is there something Im missing in SATA or Seagate Diskwizard installation?

Thanks for your time.
Frank


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July 24, 2009 at 17:57:41

Try a BIOS update. It's possible the computer didn't always support disks that large.

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July 24, 2009 at 21:05:46

Yeah, you're talking about a dynamic drive overlay. The drive needs to be identified in cmos/bios setup as a smaller capacity drive. Unless it's identified somehow in cmos, the bios assumes there is no drive and won't attempt to boot from it. IDE drives usually had a capacity limiting jumper you would set and the bios would see it automatically--usually 32 gig. Then you'd boot up with the discwizard disk and install the overlay to get use of its full capacity. I don't know if that procedure differs with SATA.

But a DDO is a hassle to work with so a bios upgrade--if it can solve the problem--is usually the way to go.


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