Unless the BIOS is 48-bit LBA compliant, it isn't ever going to report the large drive parameters correctly. Also, the BIOS won't change what it reports even if you make the Drive C partition smaller.The BIOS in my Dell Insperon 9100 also limits my hard drive size and causes my computer to fail. When I go into setup, in my case by pressing F2 my new 320GB Western Digital hard drive is reported by the BIOS as 137GB. I tried reinstalling Windows Xp (SP1) and I partioned my drive into 3 seperate partitions. I set Partition 1 to 120GB and loaded Windows XP there. It was assigned Drive C. Partition 2 became Drive D and was set to 120GB. Partition 3 was assigned the remaining space and labled Drive E. All of this automatically moved my DVD drive to F:. When I rebooted I had hope, but my system shut down on me again. When it fails, the computer just shuts down, as if power was removed, and I end up with a black screen. I went back into the Setup by pressing F2 at startup and noticed that my 320GB drive was still being reported as 137GB, not the new 120GB size that I had assigned to partition1. However, Windows XP recognizes the 3 partitions that I made propperly, and reports their respective drives and sizes acurately. What I have not done yet is "Enable Big LBA". I did some googling and found the following instructions on Enabling Big LBA. They are as follows:
To enable EnableBigLba in the Windows registry, perform the following steps:
# Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe). In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
# Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
# From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
# Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
# Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
# Close the registry editor.
# Restart the machine for the change to take effect.
I also found a website called 48bitLBA.com which will analyse your compter for you and automatically change the registry value. Here is the link http://www.48bitlba.com/enablebiglbatool.htm
I am going to go try one of these methods now. Hopefully it will solve my problem.
You and others have hit on the problem. My Inspiron 6000 belched big time when I placed a 250G WD drive in it. Same problem as others. Cause: the bios limits the Drive C to 137G (120G). I used WD utilities to whack the entire drive (wrote zeros). This took out the Dell partition. I then reparted the drive to Drive 0 (C to 120G (131,XXXG as reported by disk utilities) the reloaded Win XP Pro. Lastly, I went to INTEL not Dell for the drivers. Intel has a neat little package for what every your MBoard is. This also loads a UltraATA controller driver(s) in your Device Manager, System section Problem solved. I partitioned the remainder of the drive that pops up as Drive E. Thus I have 250G worth of space (less the 8+ meg used for System Volume information on NTFS formatted drives. Oh yeah, not a chance to upgrade my bios, at least at this writing. So even the "latest" (four years old) upgrade leave the 137G (131G) limit. I have been living fine without the Dell hidden partition. It was more of a hindrance and joke than being of help.I think this is my 2nd and last post.
I've just resized the hard disk to 132GB and my Notebook is starting fine. Just want to confirm the message of the other guy. It really works to just resize the drive.
good luck and good night
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