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June 24, 2010 1:34:02 AM

Hello,looking for larger compatible
hard drive to replace existing hard drive. 6.4 GB
a c 99 G Storage
June 24, 2010 2:12:50 AM

Complete description of computer please.

Dell Dimension XPS 400 Desktop?
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July 1, 2010 1:53:52 AM

Dell Dimension L400C with maxtor hard drive 6.4 GB, original motherboard , 256 MB memory, Bios A4, 16x10x40x drive, 3.5 floppy drive, running win XP, no memory to run
printer.
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July 1, 2010 10:36:25 PM

I have a hard time findng your computer on the Dell webste. I'll keep looking.

But I did see that it has a 400MHz processor in it, so I think my thinking is right:

The largest hard drive you can put in it is 128GB (120GB more common). It's probably an IDE drive, but 2.5" or 3.5"?

Is it a laptop or desktop computer. And what OS are you running? Windows XP SP3?
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July 3, 2010 10:14:52 PM

foscooter said:
I have a hard time findng your computer on the Dell webste. I'll keep looking.

But I did see that it has a 400MHz processor in it, so I think my thinking is right:

The largest hard drive you can put in it is 128GB (120GB more common). It's probably an IDE drive, but 2.5" or 3.5"?

Is it a laptop or desktop computer. And what OS are you running? Windows XP SP3?


It does have a 400MHz processor in it. It's a desktop.
Windows XP SP3.
Could it be easier to add a 2nd drive or an exterior drive?
Could there be compatibility issues by increasing the hard drive from 6.4 GB to 128GB?
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a c 99 G Storage
July 5, 2010 6:13:43 PM

Ok.

1.) Desktop = 3.5" drive
2.) Windows XP SP3 = GOOD. Large(r) drives supported.
3.) It could be "easier" just to add a second drive, but the drives out now are so much better/faster, I'd recommend replacing the original drive. But if you don't want to re-install Windows, then add a second. You should have an open IDE/ATA. Most systems I've built have had at least 2 IDE connections, for 4 drives (which includes an optical drive).
4.) I'm afraid there MAY be some compatibility issues, but I'm unsure.

Does anyone know what the drive size limit was BEFORE the 137GB barrier, and when? Which is now been exceeded, due to 48-bit LBA.

I'm sure his system is newer than that, but I'm not sure. I'm thinking is was long ago, like pre-Pentium based systems like a 486DX.
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