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Upgrading Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JMT74, Jul 10, 2008.

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  1. JMT74

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    Yeah I have this old Compaq Deskpro EN Pent. III 733mhz processor that I wanna setup again for my bro to use. The hard drive bit the dust before I could reformat it. The hard drive is a 10 gb one. I wanna if I could upgrade it to lets say an 80 gb hard drive? Also I wanna put Linux OS on it. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
     
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    Yeah but will the BIOS in that computer be able to handle a hard drive that big?
     
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    Heck, I don't know right now if that old computer can use any hard drive available today. It has an ATA 66 drive by default, and the slowest ATA drives buyable are ATA 100 and ATA 133 like those. The size should be no problem. Do you have any idea of your motherboard, I can't find which MB your computer has.
     
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    I would not go any higher than 80g.
    There may be a bios limitation for large drive support with a machine that old.
     
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    Thread reopened per request.
     
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    I have an old Gateway 500 essential that originally had a 20GB drive. I flashed the BIOS to the last available and tried an 80GB drive and BIOS recognized it with no problem.

    The only way you will know what the board will support if it is not specified in the manual, is just to install a drive and try it. On an old board I would stay below 137GB.
     
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