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I have a Award bios v4.51G. Motherboard is a Diamond Micronics C200. Currently I have a 20 Gig IDE Western Digital hd. I have Windows 98 SE installed and all is running fine.

I have two other hd's. One is a 40 Gig Seagate, the other a 40 Gig Western Digital. What I would like to do is upgrade/replace the 20 Gig hd with one of these 40 Gig hds. The problem is that when I tried to install them (just one at a time) the bios would not recognize them. I installed the hd then booted into the cmos setup. When I ran the auto detect hd feature the system just froze up.

I recently upgraded (flashed) the bios, so I don't believe this would be the problem.

My question is: How do I get one of these 40 Gig hd's to work in this system?

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Have you got their jumpers set correctly? If you're putting both drives on the same IDE cable, one must be set as Master (presumably the one you already have in your system) and the other must be set as Slave. You could set them both to Cable Select, but I personally don't trust this method as it doesn't seem to work in all circumstances. If you get those jumpers set right the auto-detect should work fine.
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There are several possibilities to consider if your system BIOS will not support a large capacity drive like this.

Check with the system or motherboard manufacturer to see if they have a BIOS upgrade available for your system.

You can purchase a PCI EIDE controller card. The controller card has two benefits. It will have its own BIOS to support the drive, and it will allow you to use the higher transfer rates that the drive is capable of.

A third option is to use a disk manufacturer(free)tool disk to set up the drive. This type of tool will install an overlay on the drive to support its full capacity.

Note: An overlay is a program that installs on the boot sector of your hard drive that will allow you to get the full size of the hard drive when your system bios will not handle larger capacity hard drives.
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It's an old motherboard ( Pentium and AMD K6 generation...). In my opinion you must use an overlay program or add a PCI EIDE controller. Don't dream about bios upgrade.
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IBM have a nice utility (it's ontracks really) called Disk Manager 2000.

It allows you to install a new drive into your system and copy your windows install over to the new drive without losing any data. It does it in windows!!

It even copies NTFS!!

Western Digital drives are sometimes a pain to install with other drives on the same channel.

What I would suggest is putting the western Digital drive as the Secondary Master, run the DM2000 and then put the WD drive as primary master!

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by:at101497
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Frache:

Your comments and links were very helpful. I went to the Seagate site and learned that my drive has a jumper setting that will 'limit' the drives capacity from 40 GBs to 32 GBs. This setting enabled my bios to see the hd. As it turns out I learned that my bios will not recognize drives over the 38 GB limit.

Thanks to everyone who helped.
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