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External USB hdd

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nj2b, Dec 20, 2010.

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  1. nj2b

    nj2b Thread Starter

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    I've got an older PC with a 32 bit bios and a 160 gb IDE drive (130 gb useable) that I need to archive, and was considering adding a 350 to 500 GB usb drive as temporary storage; Does anyone know if the bios would impose the same 130gb limitation? My alternative is a bunch of DVD RWs, which I'm hoping to avoid. :) TIA
     
  2. Hughv

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    Where do you get the 130GB usable figure? Are there any partitions on this drive?
    Tell us about the hardware involved-mobo, PC make and model.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    BIOS does not interact with an external drive. The computer sees just the USB interface, so there is no size restriction.
     
  4. nj2b

    nj2b Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the feedback

    @Hughv it's a custom; MSI-6566E mboard with 4/??/2003 bios; Win2k SP4. The bios "sees" 160, but the OS (fresh install) only recognized 127. I thought it 130. I read somewhere that using a larger drive with the 32 bit bios could lead to data corruption, so I didn't bother with the lost *30 gb*.

    @Elvandil thanks for the information; I appreciate it.
     
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