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New Hdd not detected???

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
May 20, 2010 at 10:32:13
Specs: Windows XP, Intel P4 1.6 GZ
Just bought new 320GB hdd for my old Gateway m320 notebook,
got the new hdd formated from the workshop with 4 partitions :
/blank partitions.
& removed the old hdd & inserted the new one.
Went to bios & saved settings.
Ran the win xp CD & went thru the 1st setup,
it showed 131MB free- do you want to format it?
Its not showing the new 4 partitions.
Than I got a usb connection/exnclosure & put the old hdd back in the gateway. The new partitions came up just fine.
The thing is I need to install Win 7 on new 320GB hdd & Linux?
Any help appreciated.

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May 20, 2010 at 13:02:48
The bios on the computer may not be 48-bit LBA compliant. It needs to be compliant in order to properly see an internal drive larger than about 128 gig.

It worked OK as an external because it was the OS and not the bios that was seeing it. The bios doesn't need to configure external drives.

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May 21, 2010 at 08:27:50
Thanks for the reply,
if the BIOS can't read the new hdd than how will I be able to install new Win 7 on one of the partitions(if I connect internally to the laptop)???
The partitions are there but how to install new OS ?

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May 21, 2010 at 11:52:15
First you should check to see if your laptop is 48-bit compliant. Check its support site. If it's not it may only take a bios upgrade. (Note that I'm assuming it's a compliance problem because of the recognized size of the drive and because you're using an older P-4 laptop. Many older P-4 motherboards weren't compliant.)

If you can't make it compliant, desktop drives usually had a 'cylinder limiting jumper' that you'd set and the bios would see the drive as a smaller drive. You'd then install drive overlay software to make use of the drive's entire capacity. I'm not sure what would be available for a laptop drive but you can check the support page of the drive manufacturer.

If all else fails, can you return the drive for a smaller capacity one?

Or just use it as a 131 gig and make do with it that way. You'd need to make sure you do the partitioning while it's set up internally since that's the way it'll be used.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.

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