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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:20 PM
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:42 PM
Hello rmleider2 and welcome.
The three main factors to consider are...
If the answer to the above is 'yes' then it is most likely that you can replace the drive.
- Does the new drive use the same connectors?(IDE,SATA etc)
- Is the new drive the same size?(Dimensions)
- Has the BIOS been updated to the latest version?
Posted 08 September 2008 - 04:16 PM
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:48 AM
Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life. You never know when one will leave you.
Posted 09 September 2008 - 05:46 AM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 05:47 AM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 06:46 AM
I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)
Posted 09 September 2008 - 07:44 AM
Posted 09 September 2008 - 06:17 PM
A site here:
claims to have 100GB drives pulled from Gateway 657 or 680.
And one advertised here is specified to have 180GB HDD:
If this info is correct, it suggests if a limit exists at any BIOS revision, it may be the 28bit LBA limit (commonly defined as 128GB), and also indicates at least some (if not all) BIOS revisions support 48bit LBA and can therefore utilise larger sizes than this.
What happens if you fit drive larger than the BIOS can handle depends on the way the BIOS is written. The most benign is for the system to see the drive as the maximum it can handle - ie if it is 128GB limited, a 160GB drive would appear to be 128GB. Occasionally a system will freeze at boot-up, or a nasy rarity is the Phoenix Bitshift bug, in which case a BIOS reports the drive size correctly and appears to work OK, but when data is written beyond the 128GB point, it overwrites the beginning of the drive and totally corrupts it.
To update the BIOS, if you have the floppy drive bay populated with a floppy drive, the BIOS can be flashed with the update from a floppy disk. No hard drive need be present.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:33 PM
Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:30 PM
Yes, that's true. If a BIOS limitation is benign and will allow the Windows installation to proceed (ie doesn't lock up at POST etc), the full drive capacity can be accessed by Windows.
I thought all size limitations which were formerly managed by the BIOS...were overcome by SP1 in XP. If user is using XP, XP takes care of LBA. Windows will see the drive in entirety, even if the BIOS does not, IMO.
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