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Anonymous
August 7, 2004 8:05:16 PM

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Hello -

I have an old Compaq Presario 4540 I'm trying to set for the kids to
surf on. It will not recongize the hard drive because, I think, it is
too large. the West Digital Lifeguard tools finds it but with a Win98
startup diskette its not recongized so I can't fdisk or format it. Any
thoughts?

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Anonymous
August 7, 2004 10:45:25 PM

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Hello,

What size is the hard drive?


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<troadkill@zilligen.com> wrote in message
news:udv9h0lksvt13bipgmfj5442o20gi2gc65@4ax.com...
> Hello -
>
> I have an old Compaq Presario 4540 I'm trying to set for the kids to
> surf on. It will not recongize the hard drive because, I think, it is
> too large. the West Digital Lifeguard tools finds it but with a Win98
> startup diskette its not recongized so I can't fdisk or format it. Any
> thoughts?
Anonymous
August 8, 2004 2:22:13 AM

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hi,
if the drive is too large for your system to recognize you will need
a bios update if available or an ata controller card to recognize the
drive . you could also install the ddo software western digital has
available . you can partition and format the drive using the wd data
lifeguard and the drive overlay software will allow your system to
recognize the drive . you will need to use the special jumper
settings for the overlay to work .
hope this helps ,
terry

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August 8, 2004 10:18:04 AM

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No BIOS updates are available to overcome the 8GB drive size limit. The 4540
originally shipped with a 3.2GB Bigfoot drive. Get a PCI IDE controller or
try here for a smaller than 8 GBdrive:

http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com/

HH


"terry_b17" <terry_b17@juno-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
news:41158e55$1_2@news.athenanews.com...
> hi,
> if the drive is too large for your system to recognize you will need
> a bios update if available or an ata controller card to recognize the
> drive . you could also install the ddo software western digital has
> available . you can partition and format the drive using the wd data
> lifeguard and the drive overlay software will allow your system to
> recognize the drive . you will need to use the special jumper
> settings for the overlay to work .
> hope this helps ,
> terry
>
> ==============
> Posted through www.HowToFixComputers.com/bb - free access to hardware
troubleshooting newsgroups.
August 12, 2004 6:01:48 PM

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Yep.Go with the PCI IDE controller.
HH

<troadkill@zilligen.com> wrote in message
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> Thanks for the suggestions. It is 40 gig drive - sounds like it is too
> big.
>
>
>
> On Sun, 8 Aug 2004 06:18:04 -0400, "HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> >No BIOS updates are available to overcome the 8GB drive size limit. The
4540
> >originally shipped with a 3.2GB Bigfoot drive. Get a PCI IDE controller
or
> >try here for a smaller than 8 GBdrive:
> >
> >http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com/
> >
> >HH
> >
> >
> >"terry_b17" <terry_b17@juno-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
> >news:41158e55$1_2@news.athenanews.com...
> >> hi,
> >> if the drive is too large for your system to recognize you will need
> >> a bios update if available or an ata controller card to recognize the
> >> drive . you could also install the ddo software western digital has
> >> available . you can partition and format the drive using the wd data
> >> lifeguard and the drive overlay software will allow your system to
> >> recognize the drive . you will need to use the special jumper
> >> settings for the overlay to work .
> >> hope this helps ,
> >> terry
> >>
> >> ==============
> >> Posted through www.HowToFixComputers.com/bb - free access to hardware
> >troubleshooting newsgroups.
> >
> >
>
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