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May 16, 2010 2:14:42 PM

Hi Guys,

Im trying to format my 2TB Samsung drive, but keep getting messages saying Im unable to do so.
I did some digging and found that this was due to the bios not being able to recognise drives bigger than 1TB.
I am able to format the drive to 1TB, but am unable to do anything with the other TB.
I have a KN9 ULTRA Mb with a Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00PG

Any suggestions?

Thanks
a c 229 V Motherboard
May 16, 2010 4:13:48 PM

Can you create two 1TB partitions?
May 16, 2010 4:18:21 PM

No, I am unable to format the second partition.
It appears there is an issue sata addressing more than 999999MB on a single HD.
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a b V Motherboard
May 16, 2010 10:55:33 PM

I have been unable to find a K9A ultra motherboard. You sure about the model?

Have you tried updating the bios?

You could also try formatting the drive and creating two 1 GB partitions in another machine. It may read once it is formatted
a c 229 V Motherboard
May 16, 2010 11:46:07 PM

FALCON, the OP's motherboard is a MSI KN9 ULTRA, not a K9A.
May 17, 2010 12:11:16 AM

Thanks for the replies guys.

As GhislainG says, my board is an KN9 Ultra.

As I've mentioned previously, Im unable to address the second half of the HD. Im only able to access the first TB.

The SATA controller is an option, thanks.

Is anyone able to point me in the direction of a bios update that would enable me to access 2TB though?
I did spend some time looking today, but wasnt able to find anything.

a b V Motherboard
May 17, 2010 1:08:18 AM

GhislainG said:
FALCON, the OP's motherboard is a MSI KN9 ULTRA, not a K9A.


Well, that explains it. Thanks. I had MSI on the brain today.



a b V Motherboard
May 17, 2010 1:16:29 AM

DonC_ said:
Thanks for the replies guys.

As GhislainG says, my board is an KN9 Ultra.

As I've mentioned previously, Im unable to address the second half of the HD. Im only able to access the first TB.

The SATA controller is an option, thanks.

Is anyone able to point me in the direction of a bios update that would enable me to access 2TB though?
I did spend some time looking today, but wasnt able to find anything.


Here are the bios updates for that board. Not sure if there is a solution to your problem there. There was an ABIT and MSI with the similar name so, just in case:

http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/download/download_bios_d...

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=downloaddetail&type=b...

However, what makes you think its bios?

Any chance this is a chipset driver issue? Its an Nforce 570. Download the latest drivers from Nvidia and see if thats the issue.

Im also curious as to exactly what model of hard drive your using?

Are you attaching it as a slave data drive when your having this problem or trying to install the OS to it?

Also, what is your current OS?
May 17, 2010 10:30:03 AM

FALC0N said:
Here are the bios updates for that board. Not sure if there is a solution to your problem there. There was an ABIT and MSI with the similar name so, just in case:

http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/download/download_bios_d...

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=downloaddetail&type=b...

However, what makes you think its bios?

Any chance this is a chipset driver issue? Its an Nforce 570. Download the latest drivers from Nvidia and see if thats the issue.

Im also curious as to exactly what model of hard drive your using?

Are you attaching it as a slave data drive when your having this problem or trying to install the OS to it?

Also, what is your current OS?



Hi Falcon,

Thanks for the links. I think Im interested in the Abit one.
I had a look through but there wasnt any mention of SATA drivers.

When it comes to this type of thing, Im a complete n00b.
I was thinking it had something to do with the bios due to threads like these that I've found.

http://www.computing.net/answers/hardware/cannot-partition-2tb-hard-drive-above-1tb/58503.html

The HD I got is the Samsung HD203WI. At £100 I thought it was a bargain.
Im going to be using it as a backup drive, and not installing OS's on it.
Current OS is Vista, but will be switching to Win7, once this drive can be used for backup.

From what I've read, its a SATA controller issue (which I thought the bios dealt with).
The Sata controller cant address anything higher than a TB.
a c 229 V Motherboard
May 17, 2010 11:25:29 AM

You can only be interested in the BIOS file for your motherboard. If you don't know what motherboard you own, you could use CPU-Z's mainboard tab. If you flash the wrong BIOS file, you'll brick your motherboard.

Did you download the NVidia drivers for your chipset as suggested by Falcon? It often resolves the issue. You could also look into third party disk partitioning tools.
May 17, 2010 7:43:15 PM

Hi Guys,

Its def an abit MB.
I had belarc installed and its listed the MB details as:

Board: http://www.abit.com.tw/ KN9(NF-MCP55 series) 1.x
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 08/21/2006


I havent downloaded any drivers for my chipset, it all used to work well enough for me and I didnt want to muck around with the bios to much.
Under bus Adapters I found:

NVIDIA nForce 590/570/550 Serial ATA Controller (3x)

I had a look around and found these drivers
http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_vista32_15.51b.html

Are those the drivers I should install?

Should I also flash the bios with m520a23.zip from Falcons abit link
a b V Motherboard
May 17, 2010 8:11:18 PM

DonC_ said:
Hi Guys,

Its def an abit MB.
I had belarc installed and its listed the MB details as:

Board: http://www.abit.com.tw/ KN9(NF-MCP55 series) 1.x
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 08/21/2006



Just to make sure were are talking about the same board, its this one right?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

Quote:
NVIDIA nForce 590/570/550 Serial ATA Controller (3x)

I had a look around and found these drivers
http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_vista32_15.51b.html

Are those the drivers I should install?


Assuming your using Vista 32 bit, yes that is the correct link. Download the package. It has the entire set of chipset drivers. It should give you a menu option to install only the drivers you wish to install, but updating all drivers is usually a good thing.

This is how the person in your link fixed his drive issue. There is an excellent chance this is the solution.

Quote:
Should I also flash the bios with m520a23.zip from Falcons abit link


Save the bios as a last resort because there is a small risk you could tank motherboard if the bios update fails. Its not a huge risk. You can usually recover a failed update, but thats a big hassle.

Many newer boards have a backup bios or some other form of instant recovery so this isn't so much of a concern. I'm not sure about yours.
a b V Motherboard
May 17, 2010 8:13:46 PM

ABIT made good stuff. They pretty much pioneered the heatpipe tech you see there. Its everywhere today, but back then everyone else was using chipset fans. Thank you ABIT for heatpipes and all the great years!

R.I.P.
May 18, 2010 10:34:11 AM

Falcon, thank you very much for your help.

Upgrading Sata drivers sorted the problem out.
After upgrading and restarting the machine, I was able to create a 2TB partition.



Unfortunately while testing \ using the machine I got about 4 bluescreens.
I was copying data onto the drive and using Windows media player at the same time.
The first bluescreen happened while i was resizing WM Player.
I think my graphics card is having trouble with my new monitor and second monitor.
I've updated the graphics drivers and will do some more testing.
I just thought it was a bit strange that it started happening straight after I upgraded the nforce drivers.


Anyways, thanks again for your help.

a b V Motherboard
May 18, 2010 6:58:48 PM

DonC_ said:
Falcon, thank you very much for your help.

Upgrading Sata drivers sorted the problem out.
After upgrading and restarting the machine, I was able to create a 2TB partition.



Unfortunately while testing \ using the machine I got about 4 bluescreens.
I was copying data onto the drive and using Windows media player at the same time.
The first bluescreen happened while i was resizing WM Player.
I think my graphics card is having trouble with my new monitor and second monitor.
I've updated the graphics drivers and will do some more testing.
I just thought it was a bit strange that it started happening straight after I upgraded the nforce drivers.


Anyways, thanks again for your help.



Its unusual for Driver updates to cause those types of problems, but stranger things have happened.

Did you make these monitor changes at about the same time? And did the activity that led to the BSOD been done previously?

May 21, 2010 1:33:31 PM

FALC0N said:
Its unusual for Driver updates to cause those types of problems, but stranger things have happened.

Did you make these monitor changes at about the same time? And did the activity that led to the BSOD been done previously?



Nope, monitor was working fine before I updated the SATA drivers.

Over the next night or two I was testing and eventually discovered the bluescreens occur when my TV card tries to record tv. I disabled the card and havent had a bluescreen since. It been working fine prior to the SATA driver update...
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