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toshiba_t-series_support:toshiba_t3200sx [2019-06-12 23:01]
omolini [Hard disk]
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omolini [Questions and Answers]
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 You have a couple of options: You have a couple of options:
  
-  - If you have the **older BIOS**, your computer should ​detect ​any hard disk, but the computer will assume it'​s ​a 40 MB drive and the setting can't be changed. You can still boot from it, but you'll only be able to use up to 40 MB of the disk. To use larger hard disksyou will need to download ANYDRIVE (found in the files section) or any other BIOS HDD overlay program that installs in the MBR of your hard disk, and overlays the correct hard drive parameters at startup. Anydrive overrides the BIOS settings so you can use any size hard disk up to 504 MB. You can even use larger disks, but only 504 MB will be usable, if using Anydrive. If you know of other overlay programs that allow for larger hard disk usage, please let me know.+  - If you have the **older BIOS**, your computer should ​ignore the part number and will not stop you from using any hard disk regardless of size, but the computer will only give you parameters for a 40 MB drive and the setting can't be changed. You can still boot from it, but you'll only be able to use the first 40 MB of the disk, however there is an easy workaround. You will need to download ANYDRIVE (found in the files section) or any other BIOS HDD overlay program that installs in the MBR of your hard disk, and overlays the correct hard drive parameters at startup. Anydrive overrides the BIOS settings so you can use any size hard disk up to 504 MB. You can use larger disks or even memory cards with IDE-CF or IDE-SD converters, but only 504 MB will be usable. If you know of other overlay programs that allow for larger hard disk utilization, please let me know.
   - If you have the **newer BIOS**, you can do the following: ​   - If you have the **newer BIOS**, you can do the following: ​
-    - Your Toshiba ​can boot from a floppy disk, but you will not be able to use the hard disk. +    - Your Toshiba ​cannot boot from a upgraded Hard Disk. You CAN boot from a floppy disk, but you will not be able to use the hard disk. 
-    - Buy a Conner hard-disk. The important bit is that the the part number ​starts ​with the letters '​CP'​. Then use ANYDRIVE to circumvent the BIOS hard-coded drive size limitations+    - Buy a Conner hard-disk. The part number ​must start with the letters '​CP'​. Then use ANYDRIVE to circumvent the BIOS hard-coded drive size parameters if needed
-    - Replace your BIOS chip with an older BIOS, or hunt down a spares -computer with an older BIOS version (such as 003C) and replace the chip.+    - Replace your BIOS chip with an older BIOS.
   - If you have a PROM programmer, flash a BIOS chip with the 3CH BIOS found in the files-section,​ and use ANYDRIVE to circumvent any size limitations. There is a well written BIOS re-flashing guide in the files page in the section labeled Documentation.   - If you have a PROM programmer, flash a BIOS chip with the 3CH BIOS found in the files-section,​ and use ANYDRIVE to circumvent any size limitations. There is a well written BIOS re-flashing guide in the files page in the section labeled Documentation.
 +  - Buy the working BIOS that allows for upgrades. I sell the 003CH hybrid BIOS upgrade for the Toshiba T3200SX for a nominal fee. You will be able to buy it from Ebay. Please let me know and I will list it for you.
  
-Note: If you plan to use a drive other than what is supported by your BIOSI highly recommend ​a BIOS HDD overlay software, so that you may avoid data corruption.+Note: If you plan to use a drive other than what was supplied with your computeryou must use a BIOS HDD overlay software ​to avoid data corruption.
  
 **Q: I upgraded the hard disk on my Toshiba, but now it refuses to boot, or detect the hard disk.**\\ **Q: I upgraded the hard disk on my Toshiba, but now it refuses to boot, or detect the hard disk.**\\
toshiba_t-series_support/toshiba_t3200sx.txt · Last modified: 2019-06-12 23:10 by omolini