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100gb missing after changing harddisk??

Postby michael79 » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:45 pm

hi

ive got a amilo m1450g laptop,it came with a 40gb harddisk,but i have bought a new 250gb harddrive but now it cant see the whole harddrive,nearly 100gb is missing.??

someone told me that it could be that i havent installed sata drivers for it??

does anyone have a link for sata drivers for my laptop
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Postby hikaru » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:40 am

For the SATA-drivers please have a look at this thread:
Installation of Windows XP Home/Pro/PE - FAQs

Concerning the capacity of your HDD, first you have to take into account, that a HDD labeled with 250GB actually has only about 232GB of storage. But this doesn't seem to be your problem.

I don't know, if your capacity is limited due to missing SATA-drivers. You can check this in the Bios by searching for something like compatibility mode in connection with your HDD-settings.
Another reason could be, that your Bios doesn't support HDDs bigger than 128GB. If this is the case, you will need to update your Bios to use the whole capacity.
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Postby michael79 » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:27 pm

i havent tried to update the bios on my laptop yet,as i always have thouht that was a bit risky to do.i have checked on the fujitsu-siemens website for bios-updates for my laptop,but there a a number of files to dl,which on are the right ones??

and is it thru that its that risky to update the bios??and final whats the right way to do it??

thanx in advance
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Postby hikaru » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:54 pm

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Postby michael79 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:41 am

i have now downloaded the iso-image

so i just burn it to a cd,and restart the computer with the cd in,and then follow the instructions??and thats that??
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Postby hikaru » Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:07 pm

Basically: Yes.

Be sure to flash the Bios with your AC-adapter plugged in and do not reboot impatiently if it takes some time.

Please note also, that certain behaviors of your notebook may change after the flash (e.g. fan triggers at different teperatures, automatic brigthness-adjustment leads to another brightness). This is nothing to worry about.
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