Hard drive not recognized

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Hello,
I'm converting an old PC to a network storage device. It has an IDE motherboard and will not recognize the new SATA hard drive I'm trying to install using a converter. What changes need to be made in the BIOS?
 
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A ten to eleven year old computer will almost certainly have a limit of less than 137GIG in the BIOS and if you are unlucky it may be only 32Gig.
Whats the speed and type of the processor as a matter of interest, this might be a better indication as to the capability of the computer.
You didn't say how old the computer was, you may find that it has a limit on the size of the hard drive in the BIOS of 137 GIG or if it is very old only 32Gig. Rather than buying a converter that may be problematic get a PCI to SATA card which costs about the same and are very cheap.
 

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What do you mean by direction? I have one that plugs directly into the motherboard. Should I try getting one that plugs in to the new hard drive?
 

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The PC is an old Gateway about 10 or 11 years old. I guess its too old to handle the larger hard drive.(450 GB)
 
A ten to eleven year old computer will almost certainly have a limit of less than 137GIG in the BIOS and if you are unlucky it may be only 32Gig.
Whats the speed and type of the processor as a matter of interest, this might be a better indication as to the capability of the computer.
 
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Pentium 4 CPU 1300 MHz
1.30 GHz, 512MB of Ram