[COMP] Maxtor Hard Drive Problems

  • From: Shane McKeown <shane_mckeown@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: COMP <computers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 07:54:38 -0800 (PST)

Hi all

I bought a 60Gb Maxtor hard drive about 2 months ago, 
and installed it in my system at home.  I am running
Win2000 and at first I did not use all of the
space, rather I only partitioned about 28Gb of the 
full disk.

Last week I tried to format the rest of the disk using

Win2000 Disk Management software, but it would not 
complete.  I then noticed that the BIOS on the PC
was only recognising the first 33Gb of the drive, 
even though Win2000 listed it as a 60Gb drive.

A floppy comes standard with the drive, containing the

MaxBlast software, which installs a feature called 
Ez-BIOS, which is supposed to overcome this
I ran this utility, having to re-partition and
the complete drive, but now when I boot into Win2000
and try to change the partitions(i.e. create new, edit

existing, etc) it just displays an error message, 
and will refuse to do anything with the drive.

My question is, has anyone had similar problems or
know why Win2000 will not allow any modifications 
to the drive?  I checked the Abit website for a BIOS
upgrade, and although there is an update, it does not
mention anything about fixing the 33GB limit on the 
BIOS.  Does this mean the update will probably not 
contain a fix, or do the BIOS manufacturers not 
list these types of fixes?
Also, does anyone know of a motherboard(preferably 
AMD Athlon board) that will support a drive this 
size out of the box?

Thanks for any help

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