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I AM INSTALLING A TOSHIBA MK1214GAP  HARD DRIVE IN MY GATEWAY 2150 LAPTOP BUT IT DOSN'T SEEMS TO RECOGNISE THE DRIVE I TRIED ALL THE POSSIBLE THINGS I CAN.
CAN SOMEONE HELP WITH THIS.
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Question by:ironheadmx
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by:Covenant
ID: 8087033
What OS are you using?
Have you formatted the drive?

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by:wyliecoyoteuk
ID: 8088377
Also, 12 GB hard disk, and how old is the laptop?
Some older machines will not accept a larger hard disk, and yours came with a 6 GB drive.
It may be limited to 8.4 GB.
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by:d_dingy24
ID: 8090326
Does your BIOS detect the harddrive?
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by:ironheadmx
ID: 8093221
no it doesnot i try auto  itried fix settings.
only one thing  ihear it working while the computer is starting up
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by:ironheadmx
ID: 8093224
bios doesnot mreconize it at all  even when its on automatic
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by:ironheadmx
ID: 8093234
but it should at least recognize it in bios setup because if it's too big i could alway creat partitions.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
ID: 8093399
If the motherboard or bios does not support that size of HDD, you are stuck, unless there is a bios upgrade available.

Historically, there have been several "thresholds" on disk size and motherboard support 2.1GB, 4.6GB, 8.4GB, and most recently 30GB, are ones that I have come across.

But it might be a faulty disk :-(
Check with Gateway, see if they can tell you what that model supports.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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Just a thought, some Desktop Hard disks have a jumper that enables you to change the size that the BIOS "sees",(although I haven`t seen a laptop drive that can).
The problem is that the bios cannot read the drive info.
Do you have any documentation with the drive?
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by:d_dingy24
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It sounds like you might have a bad harddrive or a loose connection if the BIOS does not detect the harddrive.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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Just checked on gateway support site.
the solo 2150 supports up to 18Gb hdd.
So, looks like you either have a faulty Motherboard or HDD
:-(
Are you replacing the hdd because the previous one failed?
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