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December 28, 2009 10:17:48 PM

I have an ECS G43T-M mobo.Is there any limit to my internal hard drive.I want to use a 1 TB with the mobo to make a homeserver.Will it handle a full TB drive? Does the mobo matter or will all recent mobo wit at least WIN XP or better be able to read a TB. Thanks. Is there a maximum size?

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a b G Storage
December 28, 2009 10:22:37 PM

As long as your motherboard supports 48 bit LBA (yours does), and you have at least SP1 on your XP installation, you should be fine with a 1TB drive.
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December 28, 2009 10:33:40 PM

Thanks. So any mobo that supports 48 bit LBA is good.Thanks again
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a b G Storage
December 29, 2009 12:00:31 AM

Your OS has to support it as well. That's why I said you needed at least SP1 - Windows XP SP0 does not support 48 bit LBA (and has a size limitation of 127GB on hard drives). Any modern version of Linux or any version of Windows that is XP SP1 or newer will be fine though.

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December 29, 2009 1:34:25 AM

Thanks again. i fully understand about the OS.I'm currently running 5 PC's with XP,Vista and 7 so they are all good.Thanks
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December 29, 2009 1:36:10 AM

As long as you don't mind helping me out does that also pertain to laptops or is it true they cannot use more than 137 gig?
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a b G Storage
December 29, 2009 2:25:13 AM

Ancient laptops can't use more than 127GB, but anything with a chipset/motherboard that supports 48 bit LBA should be fine (just like desktops). I'm running a 320GB WD Scorpio Black in my laptop, and it detected it perfectly when I installed it (I upgraded from an old 250GB 5400RPM drive).
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December 29, 2009 3:12:30 AM

It's actually an old Dell latitude D610.I upgraded the ram to 2G and wanted to put a larger HDD than the 40 it has so my daughter can use it for the web.How can I check what LBA it has? Should I go to Dell site.I know it's already 5 years old but 40G HDD is a little small.Thanks
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a b G Storage
December 29, 2009 7:00:29 AM

Honestly, I'm not sure with that laptop. You could always get a cheap 120GB drive - that would still give you a significant upgrade without hitting the size limit.
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December 29, 2009 1:42:25 PM

You read my mind.That's exactly what I did last night.Thanks again
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