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Upgrading Compaq 5BW160 hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chgo6000n, Dec 17, 2007.

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  1. chgo6000n

    chgo6000n Thread Starter

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    Hi all. My Compaq's original 20GB hard drive bit the dust awhile back, and I want to install a new one. (I don't have the recovery disks, but expect to buy a new XP OS anyway.)

    Is there a simple place where I can find out what drives are compatible, and what the maximum capacity is that i can install? The HP support website recommends an IDE drive first, then E-IDE, then ATA, but that's as far as it goes...

    Thanks -
     
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    First, given the size of the resident drive, make sure your system has enough juice to run XP happily, i.e. 512MGs of ram....minimum.

    Next, Google your mobo; U may get some specific info on how large an IDE drive it can support and if there are any bios flashes to support more.

    U could also email the Mfg and they might well give you this info based on yr individual system.
     
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