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Re: Increasing the Hard disk capacity
Welcome to FixYa, my name is Steve. If you are adding a hard drive you need slave that drive to your existing hard drive. The hard drive manufacturer may have an installation program but normally you only need go to your BIOS setup and see if the hard drive capacity id displayed along with the options available there for LBA, etc. The description of your problem only mentions BIOS capacity but leaves me wondering what the present problem you face really is. I will help with more information. Steve Medley
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This model laptop came with a 60Gb hard disk and if you installed a much larger capacity hard disk then the BIOS cannot detect this hard disk. For the BIOS to detect a large hard disk a BIOS upgrade is required (if there is one available) Check the HP/Compaq WEB site to see if there is a BIOS upgrade. If not the try a 120Gb or smaller capacity hard drive. As an alternative - You can keep the existing hard drive in your laptop and use an external USB hard drive to store your data.
you are required to follow these steps below.
1 turn on your computer with HDD in it
2 Enter in to the BIOS by pressing F2 button
3 there entering in BIOS look for "Drive Configuration" it might be writen in some other words
4 there you will find ..."Hard drive SMART capacity" as enabled in box above.
5 Enter that box and Disable it.
6 Push F10 and reboot the machien.
Now you will be able to format , install etc on your hard drive hopefully
The BIOS may not be able to support a hard drive of such a large capacity. Check the motherboard manufacture's WEB site to see what size hard disk the BIOS can support. There maybe a BIOS upgrade that will allow the motherboard to support larger hard disk capacity.
Have you tried resetting the CMOS? Often, after upgrading BIOS you need to clear the CMOS and re-setup to handle the new features. You should have a jumper to clear CMOS, or you can remove the power from the system and remove the battery for a few seconds to clear it.
It most likely will work, but the BIOS (might be too old) may not allow you to access the full capacity of the hard disk.
You would normally lose approx. 10% of the capacity when you format the hard disk.
Support Information: : Device
Type: BIOS / Motherboard : Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard :
Model: HP Brio BA600 PIII 500/64/8.4
Interface: Other : Operating
System: Windows XP Professional : Age of Device: Not
specified : FCCID:
Pre 1999 machine with Award BIOS?
If so, this is because when they designed your computer, they didn't imagine 80 GB drives were a realistic prospect.
Suggest you download DiskWizard from Seagate's website and use that instead of Windows to format the disk. Hopefully this will be enough to let you see the full capacity of the disk.