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Hard disk size read wrong by bios

Have a 60GB IBM Deskstar IC35L060AVER07-0 harddrive installed as Master on it's own in an 8200 motherboard CPU Pentium 1.80GHz according to both Dell's manual and that of IBM. The BIOS is reading back a capacity of just 33820 MB. Is it a limitation due to the age of the motherboard. Can the BIOS be flashed safely? Regards, Sweet Chilli

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  • sweetchilli Sep 20, 2007

    Took your advice Paytonlink and flashed the bios to A09. However, I still had the same problem. I decided to try out another hard drive at 160GB. the BIOS read back 160GB so the fault was the IBM Deskstar. Dell diagnostics didn't like the drive either saying it had smartdrive problems.

    Thanks for your help Paytonlink



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You can easily flash the BIOS and see if that fixes the problem. Dell has a BIOS version A09 on their web site ( You could try that. Just make sure to have your computer on a battery backup (UPS) while flashing the BIOS. If the power were to go out in the middle of flashing, you may cause damage to the BIOS chip.

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