08-01-2009 02:42 AM
The System can however recognise an external 500GB Freecom USB HDD
Trying to load Ubuntu 8.10 to work alongside windows XP, the full size of the disk is recognised in an area of free space, though I don't think I can install Ubuntu in the free area.
Any one out there had success in using large internal HDDs with Vectra VL 420?
08-01-2009 05:07 PM
08-02-2009 08:02 AM
The page to which you refer has a file attached called 231650.removethis
Is this the BIOS file? ( I was expecting it to be called JA.01.05US or something similar.) (I have determined that the current BIOS file on my computer is JA.01.04US). Should I burn this to a CD and then boot, or can it be flashed from within XP using HPFlash32.exe - I tried launching this file and it said that the system did not find the flash driver. I am sorry that I have no prior experience of flashing the BIOS and don't want to kill off the motherboard in the process.
08-02-2009 05:45 PM
09-12-2009 03:19 AM
03-02-2012 11:55 PM
Just went through this exercise today, and was successful in getting a VL420 to boot properly off a WD2500JB 250g drive with Windows XP SP3. Took the following steps:
1) Reflashed the BIOS to current JA.01.07 rev A, using the Windows flash tool included. No help, but needed in any event.
2) Using an old WD Data LifeGuard disk, had it enable >137gb (LargeLBA) support in registry on the existing factory 40g drive (it auto-detects BIOS inability to cope),
3) Using Data Lifeguard, had it create a single 250g partition and copy the existing boot partition off the 40g drive.
4) Disabled all start-up programs, rearranged the drives, and booted just fine.
For more info, see the Seagate write-up on >137gb issues at http://seagate.com/support/kb/disc/tp/137gb.pdf
Note that the newer stuff available at both Seagate and WD (both Acronis software) does not address this issue; you'll need to find an older Seagate DiscWizard or WD Data Lifeguard (I used ver. 11.3 from 2006). I think Maxtor's MaxBlast (I have v.3.6.1) would have handled this too, again referring to the Seagate article above for how this gets dealt with by overlaying the BIOS code during initial boot.
I've heard that others have experienced intermittent problems using this approach, but I've done this in the past with good results, especially with an OS that supports, or can be patched to support, large LBA. Only quirk I have seen so far is that Norton Security Suite Hardware Diagnostics tells me the drive is reporting that it's going to fail soon. Probably a bug in Norton, if I had to guess ...
The 420 is a pretty good box, especially if you feed it enough memory, so it's worth it to extend its abilities, especially if you can do it on the cheap without having to add a separate PCI controller. Whole project cost me $35, including the drive ...