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Maximum capacity hard disk recognizeable by my system (Info Given)

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March 17, 2009 5:07:00 AM

Hello guyz,
I have a system and was planing to buy a new hard disk (probably one 1TB). I wanted to know about my system's maximum hard disk capacity.. Following is the information of my system (got through Tune-up System Information). Tell me if you need any more info.

Processor Info
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.0Ghz
Code name: Northwood
L1 Cache: 20 KB
L2 Cache: 512 KB
Socket: XU1 Processor
Model: Family 15 Model 2 Level 4

Bios Info
Manufacturer: Compaq
Date: 08/15/2002
Version: 686O2 v2.14
Size: 512 KB

Memory: 768 MB (512+256)
Mainboard: Compaq 07E4h
System Model: Evo D510 SFF


Currently I have two have hard disks:
1. Western Digital (300 GB, Cache 8 MB, ATA)
2. Maxtor (80 GB, Cache 2 MB, ATA)

There are no SATA cables in my system.

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This info might also help:
I was just checking Maxtor Big Drive Enabler about which I had heard that it can be used with large hard disks. While installing, it gave me following error:
"Support is currently enabled for 48-bit Local Block Addressing (LBA) for ATAPI disk drives. You do not need to run this registry update. Click OK to exit."
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Would be thankful if anyone could tell me about the maximum hardisk capacity my system can recognize..
a b G Storage
March 17, 2009 12:31:33 PM

There should be no problems with the max size. The main problem I see is how you are going to install an SATA drive into a system that has no SATA ports? (If that is what you mean by no SATA cables.....???)
You will need an SATA to IDE converter. I don't know how well these work, I have never used one.
a c 327 G Storage
March 17, 2009 4:40:26 PM

The limiter is the "48-bit LBA Support". You have no problem with this because:
1. Your system BIOS is from 2002, so it was probably included;
2. You already are running successfully a 300GB drive, and the old 28-bit LBA limit is at 130 GB;
3. The Maxtor utility tells you you DO have 48-bit LBA support.

So, if you're going for a SATA II HDD, you will need a SATA II controller that plugs into a PCI slot, as jtpublisher says. Depending on how that controller does things, you may need to install a SATA driver in your OS, but that would come with the controller card.
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