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Old 01-02-2004, 11:09 AM   #1
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Dell optiplex G1 HD 33.8GB instead of 120GB


Hello all.

First of all, this pc is kinda old. 400mhz p2...
I upgraded the 4 gb disk to 120 gb. I thought using it as a server. Only cfdisk (from knoppix) shows I only got 33.8 GB

I know this is probably a bios problem but, Is there anyway around it. (On my non-Dell fathers pc, a 80 gb disk works...)

Post any ideas plz.

Geert.
 
Old 01-02-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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well the only thing you would do was upgrade your bios. i don't think there is any other way to go around. old bios use to have this kind problem.
 
Old 01-03-2004, 03:31 AM   #3
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uh, did that.

so I am basicly ******...
 
Old 01-03-2004, 04:04 PM   #4
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Re: Dell optiplex G1 HD 33.8GB instead of 120GB

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Originally posted by shadowhunter
Hello all.

First of all, this pc is kinda old. 400mhz p2...
I upgraded the 4 gb disk to 120 gb. I thought using it as a server. Only cfdisk (from knoppix) shows I only got 33.8 GB

I know this is probably a bios problem but, Is there anyway around it. (On my non-Dell fathers pc, a 80 gb disk works...)
I did the same thing (Optiplex G1 / P2 400Mhz / 64MB) to make a low-power fileserver. Added a 80 Gb disk and it worked fine. (nice and quiet too).

In case it helps:

- BIOS revision A10
- Used small 15Mb boot partition at beginning of disk, which probably helped.
- Used Mandrake 9.1 - saw all 80 GB first time, but had to reboot after initial partitioning before it could use the disk (usually doesn't need to). I keep meaning to try Slack on it, but it _works_ and that defeats my curiosity at the moment.
- There is a Dell forum for Optiplex: http://delltalk.us.dell.com/supportf...ry.id=optiplex - it's not amazing, but I found a few things out.
- Assume you've played around with the jumpers on the back of the drive?
- Small / and /usr partitions, large /mnt/server for data and a gig each for /var & /tmp. Ext3 throughout.
- I always find old hardware copes better with a _massive_ single partition than multiple medium-sized partitions - YMWV.
- Seagate 7200.7 ATA 100 80GB drive.

Last edited by frogman; 01-04-2004 at 02:11 PM.
 
Old 01-04-2004, 07:37 AM   #5
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Great. That was my idea (fileserver). Thanx frogman.

I will see what I can do. So it must be possible.
 
  


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