80GB Drive Seen as 32GB on AX6BC

Discussion in 'AOpen' started by David Owens, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. David Owens

    David Owens Guest

    I installed a new Western Digital 80GB
    WD800JB hard drive on a computer with an
    AOpen AX6BC motherbaord. For some reason,
    the BIOS is reporting the drive's size as
    32GB on some but not all of the system boots.
    When I try to install Windows XP on this
    drive I get an "error loading operating system"
    during the first boot of XP from the drive.

    Any ideas why the AX6BC is having problems
    seeing the full 80GB of the drive? I made
    sure it had the newest BIOS, dated 2002.
    David Owens, Apr 27, 2005
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    Brad Clarke Guest

    The newer hard drives have an additional jumper setting that sets their
    maximum size to 32GB, so that older BIOS'/PCs can use them. Make sure
    that jumper is not set.

    Also, in some cases even though a mobo may have the latest BIOS, that
    BIOS may not be able to deal with hard drives greater than 32GB.

    One of the annoying things about AOpen BIOS releases, is that they do
    not make any mention of the size of hard drives a particular BIOS

    There is a newer BIOS, version 2.59 from Feb 2003, available for the
    base AX6BC board.
    Brad Clarke, Apr 27, 2005
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  3. David Owens

    David Owens Guest

    Brad, thanks for your reply. I'm pretty sure I loaded the newest
    BIOS version. It's version 2.59. When the machine boots it says
    the BIOS date is Dec 25 2002, so I guess that's when AOpen actually
    finished working on it.

    According to AOpen BIOS info for this board, even some of the older
    BIOS versions could deal with hard drives 128GB and even bigger, so
    version 2.59 shouldn't have any problems with just an 80GB.

    I'll look into that 32GB jumper setting for the drive. I know I
    didn't set it, but I guess it's possible it got set that way at
    the factory.
    David Owens, Apr 27, 2005
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    Andy Guest

    1. In the BIOS setup, is the hard drive detection set to AUTO detect,
    AUTO mode?
    2. On the XP installation setup screen that shows the disk
    partition(s), what does it show as the capacity of the entire disk?
    Andy, Apr 28, 2005
  5. David Owens

    David Owens Guest

    Andy, thanks for te reply. In the BIOS setup, the drive
    is set for auto detect and auto mode. On the first page
    of the setup, the BIOS says that the drive is 80GB, but when
    it displays the drive size during boot up, it says 32GB.

    During the XP isntall the drive size is 80GB.
    David Owens, Apr 29, 2005
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    Andy Guest

    1. During XP installation you should see the following screen for an
    80GB drive containing no partitions:
    Windows XP Professional Setup

    The following list shows the existing partitions and
    unpartitioned space on this computer.

    Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

     To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.

     To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.

     To delete the selected partition, press D.

    ³76294 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
    ³ Unpartitioned space 76294 MB

    2. After pressing C to create a partition you should see the following
    Windows XP Professional Setup

    You asked Setup to create a new partition on
    76294 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR].

     To create the new partition, enter a size below and
    press ENTER.

     To go back to the previous screen without creating
    the partition, press ESC.

    The minimum size for the new partition is 8 megabytes (MB).
    The maximum size for the new partition is 76294 megabytes (MB).
    Create partition of size (in MB): 76294

    3. If you create the maximum partition size, you should end up with a
    formatted partition of about 74GB.
    Andy, Apr 30, 2005
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