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Suitable motherboard and processor for 1tb hard disk

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September 8, 2010 8:56:32 AM

will 1tb harddisk will work on my pc, my configuration is as follows:
intel d946gzis motherboard,1 gb ram,intel core 2 duo procesor 1.8 ghz(2cpus)
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September 8, 2010 9:18:57 AM

Yes! Of course it will. HDD size does not have any limitations depending upon your other specs.
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September 8, 2010 6:05:05 PM

Not quite true, if the motherboard is old enough (2002 or earlier) it will run into the 137GB hard drive limit because it lacks 48-bit LBA addressing. Also, the OS must support it (WinXP SP1 and above if I remember right.)

Just want to make that clear in case someone browsing the forums runs across this thread.

Your D946GXIS supports 48-bit LBA so you should be able to use a 1TB hard drive (assuming your OS supports it).


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September 9, 2010 7:40:34 AM

^^That's a limitation on the part of Windows (software) not on the hardware. The only thing i can think of is a person running out of HDD slots.

Plus looking at his config, i don't think the PC is older than 2002. :) 
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September 9, 2010 2:02:38 PM

^Correct. The 137 gig limit is Windows. Windows XP SP1 and later will support drives over 137gig. Before XP SP1 (That is Service Pack 1 by the way) you could not use a drive more than 137 gig.
But 48bit LBA addressing is also a problem for the motherboard. But that goes back to even before 2002, I am not sure of the exact date, but I believe this something left back in the late 90's. Surely you have a more modern board than that!
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