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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.

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

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