Posted 29 June 2007 - 03:03 PM
I've decided to format my Dell Dimension 8400 with a 160GB SATA HDD. I first tried to reinstall XP after changing the SATA Operation setting in the BIOS from RAID Autodetect / AHCI, the factory default setting, to RAID Autodetect / ATA like the Dell website said.
XP setup recognized my HDD and install ran fine until damage to my XP CD kept setup from finding a file.
I had win2k SP4 so I went with that instead. When setup tried to format my HDD I noticed it was only reading 130 of the 160GBs. This is after I removed all the partitions I'd had on there previously. Setup is running as I type this but where are the missing 30GBs?
Do I need to find the sata drivers and do the F6 trick before reinstalling? Would a MoBo and BIOS update help?
Sorry if I've posted in the wrong section but this seems like both a hardware and software problem but I'll leae that up to you guys and the moderators, lol.
Thanks for any help iin advance.