How do I partition my hard disk for more than 8.4 GB?


I have an IBM 380xd Think pad with 4 Gb of hard drive. I want

to upgrade it to a larger drive. Fry's store sells an IBM

compatible 30 Gb drive. IBM only sells a 6 Gb drive for my

laptop. They also said that if I installed a larger drive,

that it may only read 8 Gb due to the BIOS.

Is there any way around this. A friend of mine mentioned a program called disk manager(?) that would let you access the whole drive. Is this a viable solution or is there any solution?


This question was answered on April 3, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

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Your Bios must be capable of supporting INT13 Extensions You may contact your system manufacturer or system manual to determine if your system supports INT13 extension It may be that IBM has a BIOS update for your system that would enable you to use all 30 GB Another solution is to partition the drive into multiple segments smaller than 8.4 GB.

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Posted by Swanya of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 3, 2001