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Attempted to install New 320G hard drive in a Dell Dimension 3000, but the BIOs refused to see the drive at all. Despite double checking jumper settings and using other cables. The OS is Windows XP SP2, but got a screen telling me it would not support drives over 137G ?

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  • joatmas Mar 10, 2009

    Western Digital 320G 7200Rpm

  • joatmas Mar 11, 2009

    It's unavailable...Sent it back from whence it came...Will try a smaller Gig drive...160 maybe...The drive acted like it was not spinning up...At All...So sent it back will aquire another and retry...What perplexed me was the XP SP2 should have support for larger drives...You may be right about the BIOs...Current BIOs on this rig is AO2...Checked AO3 is available...Will try...FOR God's sake...Do Not Try to put SP 3 on it like this...It went crazy...Was able to recover...THNXU G...Thank for your help...

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Check to see which bios version your computer is using. An update is probably necessary in order for the computer to detect the drive correctly.

If that doesn't work most hard drive manufacturers have software that you can install so that the bios will detect the drive correctly.

What's the make and model of the new drive?

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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    RescueTechLA Mar 10, 2009

    What's the exact model?

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