Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

XPS T Hard Drive Upgrade

Last response: in Computer Brands
Share
Anonymous
August 17, 2004 9:08:14 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

I have an older Dimension XPS T system and one of the drives recently
crashed C:. I replaced it with a 200Gb drive. But after I formatted the new
drive, WinXP listed the drive at 127 Gb. I'm wondering what happened to the
other 73Gb? Possibly the BIOS can't handle it, not sure. Anyone know
anything about this?

--
Thanks,
Tony
For replies, please correct my address.

More about : xps hard drive upgrade

Anonymous
August 17, 2004 9:45:51 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

"Tony P." <noone@cork.adelphia.net> wrote in message
news:yPidnbo0O8Ij7r_cRVn-hQ@adelphia.com...
>I have an older Dimension XPS T system and one of the drives recently
> crashed C:. I replaced it with a 200Gb drive. But after I formatted the
> new
> drive, WinXP listed the drive at 127 Gb. I'm wondering what happened to
> the
> other 73Gb? Possibly the BIOS can't handle it, not sure. Anyone know
> anything about this?
>


buy a cheap ATA100 or 133 card. Disable the onboard IDE or set the BIOS to
boot from a bootable addin card.

--

Rob
Anonymous
August 18, 2004 1:15:43 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

A BIOS limitation is most likely. 132GB is the most popular BIOS hard disk
limitation for Pentium III systems. 132GB or 127GB??? It depends on how you
do the math. Micro$oft geeks tend to use 1024 or 1K in computations, rather
than 1000. This is a leftover from the days when it was very time consuming to
multiply or divide by 10 (or most other numbers), rather than shifting bits to
multiply or divide by powers of 2. Old habits die hard. I mean, here were are
with new systems running at 2+ GHz, and the speed of multiply and divide
operations has gotten pretty quick... Ben Myers

On Tue, 17 Aug 2004 17:08:14 -0400, "Tony P." <noone@cork.adelphia.net> wrote:

>I have an older Dimension XPS T system and one of the drives recently
>crashed C:. I replaced it with a 200Gb drive. But after I formatted the new
>drive, WinXP listed the drive at 127 Gb. I'm wondering what happened to the
>other 73Gb? Possibly the BIOS can't handle it, not sure. Anyone know
>anything about this?
>
>--
>Thanks,
>Tony
>For replies, please correct my address.
>
>
Related resources
Anonymous
August 18, 2004 1:27:38 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

With the XPS T model you have encountered a limitation with the BIOS.
To use the drive to it's full capacity just install an ATA Controller
card which will run around $30 depending on the place of purchase.
Once the card is installed put your hard drive(s) on the card and
separate any CD devices on the motherboard controllers for better
performance of those drives.


On Tue, 17 Aug 2004 17:08:14 -0400, "Tony P."
<noone@cork.adelphia.net> wrote:

>I have an older Dimension XPS T system and one of the drives recently
>crashed C:. I replaced it with a 200Gb drive. But after I formatted the new
>drive, WinXP listed the drive at 127 Gb. I'm wondering what happened to the
>other 73Gb? Possibly the BIOS can't handle it, not sure. Anyone know
>anything about this?
Anonymous
August 18, 2004 3:45:41 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

"-Stephen-" <muskie@aol.com> wrote in message
news:6lp6i0l1kk3tguq0jkge0qgch3qf6f3f9h@4ax.com...
> With the XPS T model you have encountered a limitation with the BIOS.
> To use the drive to it's full capacity just install an ATA Controller
> card which will run around $30 depending on the place of purchase.
> Once the card is installed put your hard drive(s) on the card and
> separate any CD devices on the motherboard controllers for better
> performance of those drives.
>
>


www.promise.com
August 19, 2004 12:07:20 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Known issue documented everywhere - e.g.
http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/faq/137_win98.ht...

"Tony P." <noone@cork.adelphia.net> wrote in message
news:yPidnbo0O8Ij7r_cRVn-hQ@adelphia.com...
> I have an older Dimension XPS T system and one of the drives recently
> crashed C:. I replaced it with a 200Gb drive. But after I formatted the
new
> drive, WinXP listed the drive at 127 Gb. I'm wondering what happened to
the
> other 73Gb? Possibly the BIOS can't handle it, not sure. Anyone know
> anything about this?
>
> --
> Thanks,
> Tony
> For replies, please correct my address.
>
>
Anonymous
September 23, 2004 12:39:03 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

> "Tony P." <noone@cork.adelphia.net> wrote in message
> news:yPidnbo0O8Ij7r_cRVn-hQ@adelphia.com...
>>I have an older Dimension XPS T system and one of the drives recently
>> crashed C:. I replaced it with a 200Gb drive. But after I formatted the
>> new
>> drive, WinXP listed the drive at 127 Gb. I'm wondering what happened to
>> the
>> other 73Gb? Possibly the BIOS can't handle it, not sure. Anyone know
>> anything about this?
>>
>> --
>> Thanks,
>> Tony
>> For replies, please correct my address.
>>
>>
>
>


I'd invest in an IDE controller card for less than $50. The XPS T had
options for promise ATA 100 cards from the factory, so it would seem only
logical that a card (with it's own BIOS) would provide both the performance
increase as well as drive capacity recognition you're looking for.

Good luck

Stew
!