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Harddisk problem

I've just bought a Quantum Fireball 13.6 GB hd. I've tried to install it, but my computer only detects 8032 MB. My BIOS is an AMIBIOS 80116, with a hiflex setup utility 1.16. I couldn't find any updates. Do you have any idea what's wrong?
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nfroioCommented:
Do you still have your old HDD in the pc??
Did you try to set the new HDD as master or Slave??
Was the 8032MB Detected under fdisk or in the sys bios?
Did you fdisk the new HDD w/ FAT32 Support enabled?
Did you ensure that you set the jumpers correctly for the method that you are trying to install the HDD??
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m00Author Commented:
My old HD is still present in the system
I tried using them as both master and slave, the effect was that most combinations gave some issues but when I set them both as masters (new HD is primairy master) my system works but the ammount of discspace is wrong, this is the same in both fdisk and windows (my bios shows 8032 mb as ammount that cannot be changed)
As far as I know the jumpers are put in correctly (rechecked several times)
And I changed the drive to fat32 and back using partition magic without any luck
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m00Author Commented:
My old HD is still present in the system
I tried using them as both master and slave, the effect was that most combinations gave some issues but when I set them both as masters (new HD is primairy master) my system works but the ammount of discspace is wrong, this is the same in both fdisk and windows (my bios shows 8032 mb as ammount that cannot be changed)
As far as I know the jumpers are put in correctly (rechecked several times)
And I changed the drive to fat32 and back using partition magic without any luck
Got any more suggestions ???
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Somebody_elseCommented:
there is another discussion currently going on about the same topic http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=hardgen&qid=10243721 
this is a bios limitation that you are encountering, in order for your bios to detect the whole 13.6 you will have to update it(flash the BIOS) or get a new bios(new motherboard if new bios chip is unobtainable)

if you have the specs for your hard drive (cylinders,head,sectors   CHS)
then you could try to manually enter them thus forcing your bios to calculate the total amount of space, but I don't know if your motherboard will let you, your best bet is to update the bios.

windows and fdisk will only report what your BIOS will tell them.
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nomadic1Commented:
I don't care what people say about disk layering when they can't tell me why it's bad, especially when I have ahd NO PROBLEMS with it.  If you cannot get a new BIOS for your system...telling us what your manufacturer is or a motherboard name and model can help us possibly find one.  But if support for your system has been discontinued, a drive overlay would be your best bet.  You can go to www.westerndigital.com, and download a free copy of EZdrive, and use that formatting utility along with EZbios that comes with it.  This will fool your BIOS into thinking it's 8GB, but will allow full view and usage of all 13GB in Windows and DOS
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nomadic1Commented:
oh yeah...the BIOS limitation you have is normal for PC's about a year old or slightly older.  
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SharmiCommented:
Mr M00
Please install the driver which is provided from the vendor if ,he has not provided acquire it from the website.
or
use the Quantum/seagate disk Manager s/w

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