Acer Ferrari 3400 HDD limit removal to 128 GB

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  1. ripan

    ripan MDL Novice

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    #1 ripan, Jan 16, 2014
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    Hi, please advise me if I am totally out in the dark here. Be niceo_O

    I would like to exchange the factory HDD with a new SSD-type with IDE interface, 128 GB.
    I suspect the BIOS need to be updated to be able to boot from that disk.
    OBS though the new disk is accurately detected by by the BIOS but can´t boot.

    Any feedback appreciated

    -Motherboard Manufacturer and Model : Acer Ferrari 3400
    -Bios Revision : 3C23
    -Bios Type : Phoenix
    -Original Bios SLIC : N/A
    -Bios Link [Original] : ftp.support.acer-euro.com/notebook/ferrari_3400/bios/BIOS%20v3C23.zip
     
  2. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    #2 Mutagen, Jan 16, 2014
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    (You can post a pseudo-link by using "hxxp://" vs. "http://")

    Well, at least I learned something: I had no idea that SSD drives are available with an IDE interface. Nice.

    You state the SSD is recognized by the BIOS, but can't boot. It needs an OS to boot, so am I correct in concluding there is an OS installed?

    Update: In this thread - http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/281672-acer-ferrari-3400-upgrading-80-gb-250-gb-hdd-2.html - it appears someone has a 160GB HD working with the same BIOS.
     
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  3. ripan

    ripan MDL Novice

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    Thanks Mutagen for taking time. The SSD with a IDE intfc is a Transcend brand.
    Yes (Maybe I sounded too much of a rookie), there is OS on the 128 GB disk. I just cloned the original one using Paragon disk mgmt sw.
    Your supplied link is a bit above my head though. Too much inbetween the lines so to say.

    Cheers
     
  4. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    When you say it can't boot, what do you see? (A black screen with a flashing underscore, or a message)

    I have used Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 with great results. Is it possible you missed an option when cloning? One other suggestion: I assume the original drive is smaller than the new one. There are two approaches here for cloning -

    1 - Make an exact clone, keeping all partitions the same size. This means using Windows disk manager after cloning to make the extra space available.

    2 - Resize the partitions when configuring the cloning options.

    For me, I use the first method. It has always worked, even though another step is needed. I don't achieve reliable results with the second approach.
     
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    ripan MDL Novice

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    When it can´t boot the screen is black with a flashing underscore. Nothing more happens until I "kill" it.

    I used the 2nd method and I will try the first one during the weekend and report back the result.
     
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    #6 RJARRRPCGP, Jan 17, 2014
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    Blinking cursor->corrupted boot data. Wipe the drive and try again.
     
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    ripan MDL Novice

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    Problem solved

    Great advice Mutagen, works like a charm after exact cloning making the excess drive space available as a separate partition.

    Much faster windows and application start :cheers: