Gigabyte GA-K8VM800M M/B cant find Seagate Sata Hdd

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The motherboard can see the western digital wd1200 ( 120gb )sata hdd but when I install a seagate  ST3250410AS ( 250gb ) in its place it cannot be found, I also tried it with a Samsung ( 160gb )sata hdd and it could not be found either, any ideas ?
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Looks like it is a socket 754 mobo, so you most likely hit the 137gig bios limit.
Check the Gigabyte site and see if there is a bios update that fixes it.

Or you will have to get a PCI addon card to see the bigger drives
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Latest version seems to be   FD      from 2005/12/08, but it does't say anything about larger hard drives.
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=1919

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I have found the problem with the hdd is as follows and there is no updated BIOS to rectify it.
SATA II HDD can't negotiate SATA I speed with VT8237/VT8237R chip properly.
These are the solutions
Fix SATA HDD to SATA I mode by jumper or others.
Using SATA I HDD with VT8237/VT8237R.
Ask HDD manufacturer for further help.
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whoops. I forgot about the SATA I - SATA II mismatch.

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The seagate sata hdd has a jumper setting on it to slow it back to 1.5mb/s - when this is selected the mobo does detect the drive OK

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Sorry that last message should read 1.5Gb/s data transfer
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Glad to hear it.
If you want, you can select to Accept your own answer. That will close the Question and Refund your points.
Have fun filling up the new drive.    : )
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Thank you.   : )

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