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4. I have just installed a new hard drive into my system but my system shows it to be much smaller than the drive says it is what should I do?

There are two possible answers for this. The first is that when you installed it you did not enter the bios (hit delete key when you get the hit del to enter setup message) and re-detect the drive to let the computer correctly identify your drive. If you have done this then you will lose all data on your drive as you will need to FDISK and Format it again once you have the correct size detected.

The second answer is that when you try to detect it you get the wrong size displayed. Unfortunately some motherboards have a limit on the size of the drive that they will see. This limit might be anything dependant on the age of the motherboard. 3 common size limits where motherboards stop are 540Mb, 2Gb, 8Gb. There may be something you can do about it though this carries risks with it.

Dependant on your motherboard manufacturer there may be a flash BIOS upgrade which upgrades the hard disk controller to recognise larger hard drives. In order to do this you will need to know the manufacturer of your motherboard and visit their website to see if there is a bios upgrade posted. If there is then they will also post the flash upgrade program. However beware because in a small number of cases the flash upgrade fails - see the motherboard help for details of flash upgrades.

If your motherboard recognises the drive incorrectly then all is not necessarily lost since the drive is likely to run correctly at the recognised size. For example if you have bought a 10Gb drive and your motherboard recognises it as 8Gb then you could choose to use the drive as an 8Gb drive and this will almost certainly work perfectly well.

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