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Western dig. hard drive

I have some of the same problems that mailbox had in june. I found the below site at WD for alternate jumper settings. click jumper settings.
http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp

My new WD HD is 80G with 8mg cashe. I have an Asus P2-99 MB with a P111 450mhz and 512 for the ram running with Win ME. It was only when I changed the hd jumpers to cover 3-4 and 5-6 that my bios recognized the full 80g or so it states.. My bios also recognizes the hd as a master to a slave ( cover 1-2, 5-6) and as a slave itself (cover 1-2,3-4).
The boot up recogizes the new drive as 80g (or so it states) all the way around, but fdisk recognizes only 32 gigs. The warning when using alternate jumper settings is "a loss of capacity" because it states the reason for the alternate change is because "the drive capacity is larger than what the system can support".

Is there anything I can do?
thanks,

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If you set the jumpers to slave then I'll write that's INCORRECT for use on 80 conductor IDE cables. At AT66 and up speeds the newer 80 conductor cables use CABLE SELECT and slave is set by which connector you plug in.

Your post writes much, but doesn't tell if you set it up proper or used FDISK to create a partition then format it. I can't tell what your issue is.

Bob

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Did you get a newer FDISK from Microsoft?

Can you share the output of FDISK /STATUS?

You don't want to use the drive limit jumper setting.

Bob

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Can you get an upodated BIOS for the mobo???

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How are you using the drive?? Master with no slave [with WD that is NO JUMPER [store the jumper horizontally]. Otherwise jumper as Master with a slave on the same IDE cable [if that is so]. or use CS [cable select] and the 80 conductor cable that you got with the drive. The end connector is Master for CS and the middle connector is Slave.

What Operating system???

If XP used to format it it only allows a 32 MB FAT partiton, but you can make two partitions and the rest of the drive on the third partition. If you use NTFS you can make it one big partition.

Using FDISK from a boot floppy should allow you to make the entire drive one partiton. UNLESS you have the BIOS limitation, which means go to ASUS's site and get updated BIOS.

You can format the drive using the overlay program from the floppy from WD to get around the BIOS. But then it must be the Boot drive, because when formatted with the WD disk a FAT32 drive can't read it if the new drive is a slave.

If you use the WD format, and later get a new computer and want to use the drive as a slave, remember that you will have to remove the WD format and reformat the drive.

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Using Win ME.
My problem. My computer dosen't recognize my new HD set alone with no jumper. My machine freezes up and refuses to budge. When I set the jumpers to alternate settings per Western Digital, the bios on boot up see's the drive as an 80g. But when I try to fdisk to set up a partition and then format, fdisk see's only 32gigs. It will let me set a partition and format but only as a 32 gig HD. I went to Asus and downloaded the dos file AFLASH, but their instructions are to unzip the file in dos. I don't know how to unzip in dos. When I unzip in windows and try to install the .exe, through the DOS prompt without windows running or with the new drive alone, a message reads I have missing files on the floppy. I can live with 32 megs for the time, but I would like to have 80.
thanks again,

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Follow their instructions...

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"nstalling the new drive as the secondary (slave) drive:
If you are connecting your drive as the secondary drive on the cable with another IDE drive, there is no need to change the jumper pin on the drive. Jumper the other IDE drive as Cable Select. Connect the drive to the gray connector in the middle of the cable and other IDE drive to the black connector located at the end of the cable."

The setting I read in your post looks incorrect to me.

You must try the newer FDISK from Microsoft to delete, then create the partition on the new drive.

Best of luck,

Please supply the output of FDISK /STATUS.

Bob

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Thanks for the help. Once I figured how to update the bios with AFLASH, the setup went smoothly, along with fdisk and format. My machine now recognizes a little over 76 gigs. Thanks to everyone who helped.
dm

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