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Acer Aspire 5002WLMi Laptop won't recognize full 320 Gigabytes of new PATA hard drive. It's always been running a 80 Gigabyte 4200 RPM but that drive is old...a 2005 HD. New WD320 only reads 137 Gigabytes...but, runs very nice and fast...5200 RPM.

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  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2011

    Yea - I tried all the Microsoft Register settings, Acer has no new BIOS to flash, Linux wouldn't even read the drive past 137 gigs. I thought about using the 320 HD in a USB case but, it is a PATA (old) and all the cases I find are SATA/SATA2/SATA3. What I decided to do is keep the hard drive installed instead of returning it for a 120 gig and use it partitioned in a 50 gig for drive c: and 75 gig for a extended drive under XP Pro sp3 install. Acer tells me that there is no changing my 48bit motherboard to anything better than it is short of buying a new motherboard then I may as well buy a new laptop. With 2gigs RAM and this new 125 gig setup it runs stable and fast without reaching the FAT (NTFS) file edge making it unstable so I'll just leave it like this for another 5 years. Thanks for your suggestion.

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The BIOS in the ACER determines the maximum size of the hard drive it can support.
Check the laptop's specification to see the max size you can install in this model laptop.
It appears that the max size your laptop can support is 140 Gb (unformatted). 137Gb formatted.

I suggest you install a hard drive up to 140 Gb capacity in your laptop and place the 320 Gb hard drive in an USB hard drive adapter case and when you attach this hard drive to the USB port in your ACER laptop then you will be able to get the full 320 Gb capacity after you delete the partition and create a 320 Gb partition and format the hard drive.

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