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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Look at the "connectors" end of the disk-drive.
There will be a set of thin pins for the "data" cable,
and thicker pins for the "power" connector,
and a smaller grid of small pins.
It's these pins that will be labelled/engraved on the casing:
MA(ster), SL(ave), C(able)S(elect).
Move the jumper to the "slave" setting.
Connect to the power connector.
Connect to a "data" cable.
When you add power to your computer, it should recognize the drive.
I BELIEVE THAT WD PROVIDES A CD WITH "WD DATA LIFEGUARD UTILITIES." IF YOU USE THAT DISK AND SELECT "DRIVE TO DRIVE COPY" SELECTION. THIS SHOULD CREATE A CLONE OF YOUR ORIGIONAL DISK. SELECT THE NEW DRIVE TO BOOT FROM EITHER IN BIOS SETTINGS OR FROM THE BOOT SELECT "F12" OPTION.
THE PC SHOULD BOOT FROM THE NEW DRIVE IF SELECTED
From the Dell specifications page for Dimension 4600: Memory Architecture Dual Channel DDR SDRAM Memory connectors Four Memory capacities 128-, 256-, 512-MB or 1-GB Minimum memory 128-MB DDR SDRAM NOTE: Between 32 and 64 MB of system memory may be allocated to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors. Maximum memory 4 GB Memory type PC2700 (333-MHz) or PC3200 (400-MHz) DDR SDRAM (non-ECC)
did you configure the 160GB hard drive as second???
there is a shorting pin between the ribbem cable and the power cable.
take a look on the hard drive, there should have adiagram shows where the shorting pin need to go to make it as secondary drive.
install the hard drive as secondary drive.
if you want the drive to be the primary. you nee to install the operating system on it.
with out operating system the machine will boot up in to DOS only, and a error message telling you the drive has no loader.
Put the CD in your CD Drive and shut off the pc.
Then start it up again making sure the CD is still in the drive.
You will then be asked if you want to boot from CD. Press any key to confirm this (it might skip asking you if it detects that your hard-drive is already blank)
Then you want to let it run its install routine.
Im not sure what options it will give you but the ones you are looking for is FULL install.