Hard Drive Partition


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Poor Richard

I have an old computer with a 6.2 gb hard drive and when I boot, I get a
message 'imminent hard drive detected. The Bios will not read a hard drive
greater than 6.2 gb. I have an external hd of 40 gb and I would like to
replace the old with a partitioned drive that is 6.2 gb is size, then copy
the old hd to the partition, and replace the original hd. Can anyone tell
me if that will work? Can anyone point me to a good resource that tell me
how to partition a hard drive?

Let The Good Times Roll
Dick
 
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Tou

Try updating your BIOS to make it support larger disks. Then you can use
a partitioning program such as "Norton Partition Magic" to
re-partition you HD.
 
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Patrick Keenan

Poor Richard said:
I have an old computer with a 6.2 gb hard drive and when I boot, I get a
message 'imminent hard drive detected. The Bios will not read a hard
drive
greater than 6.2 gb. I have an external hd of 40 gb and I would like to
replace the old with a partitioned drive that is 6.2 gb is size, then copy
the old hd to the partition, and replace the original hd. Can anyone
tell
me if that will work? Can anyone point me to a good resource that tell me
how to partition a hard drive?

Let The Good Times Roll
Dick

If you mean that the message is that "imminent hard drive FAILURE is
detected", stop using that system right now. Use the remaining lifespan
of the drive for data recovery.

Simply copying that drive to another will *not* render it bootable. It has
to be cloned by one of a few methods, but copying and xcopy will not do the
job. You can use the free trial of Acronis TrueImage, www.acronis.com In
Automatic mode, cloning the old drive to a new larger one will create a
partition the same size as the original.

If the old system has a 6.2 gig limit, yes you may be able to put a larger
drive partitioned appropriately into it, but to what benefit?

If the drive is reported as failing, you need to get data off it, and retire
the drive.

Partitioning is simple, but it does matter what OS you are planning to run.

HTH
-pk
 

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