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Dell Dimension 4100 Hd Xp Only Shows 32gb


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#1 markymarq

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 12:05 AM

I am VERY confused! I thought I knew enough to stick in a new Samsung SP 0822N HD 80 GB. It is so ^&%$^* confusing! I think I finally got jumpers set (Samsung needs much better translators!). However, the thing is only recognizing 32GB. I used the XP Home disk to format HD. then install XP. I see refs to utilities at Samsung (Disk Mgr), BIOS upgrades, ....... I've seen warnings about using Dynamic Drive Overlay, I've tried to understan the diffs between FAT32 & NTFS. I have A05 BIOS - Dell is up to A11. I read history of BIOS upgrades; none apply to HD size.
So...what do I do? I can flash BIOS, I can accept NTFS from XP (don't even know how to tell which system is in effect - though I think I can find it); thought I read it's better to fomrat FAT32, THEN go to NTFS(?). I could use the disk utility from Samsung. HELP!!!
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 12:11 AM

OOOOOPS!!! I realized my signature includes my NEW system; the post is for one I'm upgrading: Dell Dimension 4100 PIII, 863 MHZ, 128MB RAM. I used XP Home Ed. SP2 to format, install.
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:24 AM

Hi markymarq.

I read history of BIOS upgrades; none apply to HD size.

Read again. Ver A09 and up address that exact issue. :thumbsup:
Before you flash, check the bios. If it's already reporting the correct size drive, don't bother.
Also see this MS article, specificly the quote from it below when formatting the drive:

You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk


See the "patches and fixes' catagory at dells website for that system concerning a DMA mode fix for XP too. :flowers:

Edited by HitSquad, 05 November 2006 - 08:28 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2006 - 03:55 PM

Just a warning - it's not a good practice to jump too many BIOS versions at once. In your case, I'd suggest the A07, then the A09, then see if that solves the problem. If so, then there's no need to flash anymore (it's a dangerous operation). If you do flash further, only go 2 or 3 updates at a time.
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:15 PM

Awesome, you guys! So, here's where it is: stuck a floppy in and loaded A11. Tried to boot, got the "Non-system disk or disk error" msg, which is apparently the Dell response for a whole raft of issues. I don't think it got far enough to even know which update it is.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:19 AM

Read the instructions at the Dell site carefully. You'll need:
1) A bootable floppy disk
2) A flash utility to write the flash file to the BIOS
3) The flash file itself.
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