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Hard drive compatibility

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by solitudetree, Jul 20, 2006.

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  1. solitudetree

    solitudetree Thread Starter

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    I am working on upgrading a friends computer. It is a Presario 5000 Model 5WB220 with a UltraDMA IDE 5400 rpm 15 GB hard drive.

    I have a 40 GB Ultra ATA100 7200 rpm hard drive.

    Tech support for Compaq said I could only install a 5400 rpm drive. Based on other's comments of their "quality service," I thought I'd double check with some of the experts here.

    I think the drive will work down because it will be limited to 5400 rpm which is what the motherboard (per Compaq) recognizes.

    Will this work or not???
     
  2. junker39

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    Sure, it will work. The motherboard is not concerned with the drives RPM. I've got a 7462 Compaq,(a little older thans yours) and it took a 40 gig 7200 with no problems.
     
  3. Triple6

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    The RPM of a hard drive has nothing to do with the rest of computer, the computer doesn't know or care how fast a drive spins. There are limitions to hard drives but this isn't one of them, those that do exist are size and transfer speed. Older system can only recognise drives up to 32GB, 127GB on others. And if the the transfer speed is too fast then it drops down to a slower mode, ie UDMA 100(100MB/s), UDMA 66, UDMA 33.
     
  4. solitudetree

    solitudetree Thread Starter

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    Thanks Guys!

    My Sunday night is now planned. lol
     
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