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160GB HD boot up quirk

I have Intel PentIII 800, Gigabyte Motherboard, 630Ram, and a Western Digital 160GB HD. My system wouldnt recognize the HD until I Flashed the BIOS from Gigabyte. Now it recognizes 149.5 GB, but not in the BIOS. The bios wont recognize a HD, only will accept Auto. Then when I boot up, it cannot find a HD until I reboot, then it finds a 160GB HD, but my systems file still only recognizes 149.5 GB HD. When I shut down, I have to boot up twice each time I restart in order my PC to find the HD again. I checked with the Gigabyte experts but they couldnt figure it out. Anyone ever hear of a problem like this. Thanks.

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Re: 160GB HD boot up quirk

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Yes. But we cure it with BIOS updates and if the maker doesn't fix it... then we get a new motherboaard or a drive under the magic 127/137GB size.

There is no cure if they didn't do the BIOS proper.

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Some fight the jumper settings tooth and nail. I'm unsure why people insist that a jumper setting be "this" when "that" works.

You didn't share the IDE cable type you used, the jumper setting of the IDE drive and what you tried.

Bob

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Re: 160GB HD boot up quirk

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I just installed Partition Magic 8.0 and it shows 160GB fully partitioned into 4 patritions, and all my apps seem to work fine, but it still takes two boots to locate the HD, the first boot indicates no HD installed. Just installed a new ULDMA cable today, same problem. Wierd.
Thanks for the reply.
Bob H.

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"takes two boots to locate the HD,"

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That's a known BUGGY BIOS quirk. Or you have the drive on master/slave on an 80 conductor cable. Or there is another drive on the same cable and ... isn't entirely compatible with its neighbor.

Bob

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149.5 GB = 160 BILLION BYTES.

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There are gigabytes and there are billion bytes. You can read the hard disk maker's web site about how to convert from one to the other.

Bob

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