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New Hard Drive over 128 GB on Dell 4600 - but only recognizes 128 GB!

I'm trying to install a new primary drive that is greater than 128 GB. Unfortunately, the BIOS only identifies a maximum size of 128 GB. Any tips around this? BIOS version is A12 (current version per Dell's web site) on a Dimension 4600, 1 GB of RAM.

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  • sidmanm May 11, 2008

    I went to the hard drive vendor's web site and it was the low level partioning software that made the fix.

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If your computer is running kind of sluggish, you can fix it with an easy clean up of your registry. Here's a link to a free scan that works well:
www.your-free-info.com/RegCure
I've used this one and it sped up my computer by quite a bit. Hopefully this helps.

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Hello,
Check that your motherboard supports the high capacity of HDD
Install the OS having the latest service pack combination.

Let me know if your problem is solved and rate me as FIXYA!

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