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Hello I have a Compaq Presario 4410CA, with a 40GB hard drive running
windows XP home. I have thinking of adding another hard drive to
the machine. I am thinking of another 40GB or 80 GB. I have been
searching the web for models and pricing etc. At the moment I am
leaning towards a Western Digital 80GB JB, because of its 8MB
buffer. But looking at the specs it says something about 48-bit LBA
addressing, and in one article that I read, you will need a
separate controller for those motherboards that don't have native
LBA support:

http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021018WD2000xB_1.html

The above review is for a 200GB drive, but the specs should be
similar for an 80GB drive. I reason that I favour this drive, is
because of its price (approx CAN $110), and my needs.

So I emailed Compaq support for advice. I got a response from them
saying that my PC can only support a total of 60GB, and they provided
part numbers for 20GB disk drives.

I find this quite strange, as the OS should only care about space on
a particular drive, or a drive partition. I don't understand why there
should be a limit on the total amount of drive space.

I understand LBA is only necessary for OS/MB that don't support a drive
larger than 137 GB.

Can anyone tell me if I can safely add an 80GB drive to my PC?

Thanks.

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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    48-bit LBA applies only to Hard drives larger than 127GB. Even if your
    Presario does not support 48-bit LBA, it should accept a 120GB drive just
    fine.
    HH

    "K. Wing Wong" <nospam@email.in.sig> wrote in message
    news:40B5D0D6.75DB8050@email.in.sig...
    >
    > Hello I have a Compaq Presario 4410CA, with a 40GB hard drive running
    > windows XP home. I have thinking of adding another hard drive to
    > the machine. I am thinking of another 40GB or 80 GB. I have been
    > searching the web for models and pricing etc. At the moment I am
    > leaning towards a Western Digital 80GB JB, because of its 8MB
    > buffer. But looking at the specs it says something about 48-bit LBA
    > addressing, and in one article that I read, you will need a
    > separate controller for those motherboards that don't have native
    > LBA support:
    >
    > http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021018WD2000xB_1.html
    >
    > The above review is for a 200GB drive, but the specs should be
    > similar for an 80GB drive. I reason that I favour this drive, is
    > because of its price (approx CAN $110), and my needs.
    >
    > So I emailed Compaq support for advice. I got a response from them
    > saying that my PC can only support a total of 60GB, and they provided
    > part numbers for 20GB disk drives.
    >
    > I find this quite strange, as the OS should only care about space on
    > a particular drive, or a drive partition. I don't understand why there
    > should be a limit on the total amount of drive space.
    >
    > I understand LBA is only necessary for OS/MB that don't support a drive
    > larger than 137 GB.
    >
    > Can anyone tell me if I can safely add an 80GB drive to my PC?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    > kwong (at) nbnet (dot) nb (dot) ca
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    You will probably need to use NTFS format.


    --
    The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
    But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.


    "HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    | 48-bit LBA applies only to Hard drives larger than 127GB.
    Even if your
    | Presario does not support 48-bit LBA, it should accept a
    120GB drive just
    | fine.
    | HH
    |
    | "K. Wing Wong" <nospam@email.in.sig> wrote in message
    | news:40B5D0D6.75DB8050@email.in.sig...
    | >
    | > Hello I have a Compaq Presario 4410CA, with a 40GB hard
    drive running
    | > windows XP home. I have thinking of adding another hard
    drive to
    | > the machine. I am thinking of another 40GB or 80 GB. I
    have been
    | > searching the web for models and pricing etc. At the
    moment I am
    | > leaning towards a Western Digital 80GB JB, because of
    its 8MB
    | > buffer. But looking at the specs it says something about
    48-bit LBA
    | > addressing, and in one article that I read, you will
    need a
    | > separate controller for those motherboards that don't
    have native
    | > LBA support:
    | >
    | >
    http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021018WD2000xB_1.html
    | >
    | > The above review is for a 200GB drive, but the specs
    should be
    | > similar for an 80GB drive. I reason that I favour this
    drive, is
    | > because of its price (approx CAN $110), and my needs.
    | >
    | > So I emailed Compaq support for advice. I got a response
    from them
    | > saying that my PC can only support a total of 60GB, and
    they provided
    | > part numbers for 20GB disk drives.
    | >
    | > I find this quite strange, as the OS should only care
    about space on
    | > a particular drive, or a drive partition. I don't
    understand why there
    | > should be a limit on the total amount of drive space.
    | >
    | > I understand LBA is only necessary for OS/MB that don't
    support a drive
    | > larger than 137 GB.
    | >
    | > Can anyone tell me if I can safely add an 80GB drive to
    my PC?
    | >
    | > Thanks.
    | >
    |
    > ----------------------------------------------------------
    -------------
    | > kwong (at) nbnet (dot) nb (dot) ca
    |
    > ----------------------------------------------------------
    -------------
    |
    |
    |
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    I also have the following response from Compaq. If this is correct,
    can the BIOS be upgraded?

    ---- Original Mesage ----

    Thank you for writing back to us.

    The BIOS in the system only first detects the hard drive attached to the
    motherboard. The system BIOS in the Presario 4410CA is designed to
    support a maximum of 60 GB. If you install a hard drive with higher
    capacity there is possibility that the system may not detect the hard
    drive.


    "K. Wing Wong" wrote:
    >
    > Hello I have a Compaq Presario 4410CA, with a 40GB hard drive running
    > windows XP home. I have thinking of adding another hard drive to
    > the machine. I am thinking of another 40GB or 80 GB. I have been
    > searching the web for models and pricing etc. At the moment I am
    > leaning towards a Western Digital 80GB JB, because of its 8MB
    > buffer. But looking at the specs it says something about 48-bit LBA
    > addressing, and in one article that I read, you will need a
    > separate controller for those motherboards that don't have native
    > LBA support:
    >
    > http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021018WD2000xB_1.html
    >
    > The above review is for a 200GB drive, but the specs should be
    > similar for an 80GB drive. I reason that I favour this drive, is
    > because of its price (approx CAN $110), and my needs.
    >
    > So I emailed Compaq support for advice. I got a response from them
    > saying that my PC can only support a total of 60GB, and they provided
    > part numbers for 20GB disk drives.
    >
    > I find this quite strange, as the OS should only care about space on
    > a particular drive, or a drive partition. I don't understand why there
    > should be a limit on the total amount of drive space.
    >
    > I understand LBA is only necessary for OS/MB that don't support a drive
    > larger than 137 GB.
    >
    > Can anyone tell me if I can safely add an 80GB drive to my PC?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    > kwong (at) nbnet (dot) nb (dot) ca
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    Thanks for the info...

    HH wrote:
    >
    > 48-bit LBA applies only to Hard drives larger than 127GB. Even if your
    > Presario does not support 48-bit LBA, it should accept a 120GB drive just
    > fine.
    > HH
    >
    > "K. Wing Wong" <nospam@email.in.sig> wrote in message
    > news:40B5D0D6.75DB8050@email.in.sig...
    > >
    > > Hello I have a Compaq Presario 4410CA, with a 40GB hard drive running
    > > windows XP home. I have thinking of adding another hard drive to
    > > the machine. I am thinking of another 40GB or 80 GB. I have been
    > > searching the web for models and pricing etc. At the moment I am
    > > leaning towards a Western Digital 80GB JB, because of its 8MB
    > > buffer. But looking at the specs it says something about 48-bit LBA
    > > addressing, and in one article that I read, you will need a
    > > separate controller for those motherboards that don't have native
    > > LBA support:
    > >
    > > http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021018WD2000xB_1.html
    > >
    > > The above review is for a 200GB drive, but the specs should be
    > > similar for an 80GB drive. I reason that I favour this drive, is
    > > because of its price (approx CAN $110), and my needs.
    > >
    > > So I emailed Compaq support for advice. I got a response from them
    > > saying that my PC can only support a total of 60GB, and they provided
    > > part numbers for 20GB disk drives.
    > >
    > > I find this quite strange, as the OS should only care about space on
    > > a particular drive, or a drive partition. I don't understand why there
    > > should be a limit on the total amount of drive space.
    > >
    > > I understand LBA is only necessary for OS/MB that don't support a drive
    > > larger than 137 GB.
    > >
    > > Can anyone tell me if I can safely add an 80GB drive to my PC?
    > >
    > > Thanks.
    > >
    > > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > kwong (at) nbnet (dot) nb (dot) ca
    > > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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