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July 26, 2012 6:39:37 PM

Hello,

I am looking to upgrade my hard drive to one with a much higher capacity.

Currently, I have a Maxtor 2B020H1 ATA Device hard drive with a maximum capacity of 20gb.

Please help, if any more information is needed please ask.

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a c 379 G Storage
July 26, 2012 7:31:41 PM

How old is this computer? If the motherboard doesn't support LBA48 you probably can't put more than a 137gb drive in the system.

http://www.48bitlba.com/
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July 26, 2012 8:16:57 PM

I wouldnt spend any money on that computer. just buy a new one.
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July 27, 2012 9:55:51 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
How old is this computer? If the motherboard doesn't support LBA48 you probably can't put more than a 137gb drive in the system.

http://www.48bitlba.com/

My motherboard is a Intel Pendleton D845PT and from a Google search I can say that this 48 bit LBA is not supported. Is there any way I can get 500+ gb for less than £50?
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July 27, 2012 9:56:36 PM

nhasian said:
I wouldnt spend any money on that computer. just buy a new one.


I would, but unfortunately I don't have £500 to get a new computer with.
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July 27, 2012 10:27:58 PM

if i were you, i'd either just try an external harddrive or go with a USB or memorycard and card reader.
I am assuming that your computer at least has a USB port, but if REALLY your current computer has only 20gb, then it is really old, and I can be wrong on that too....

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July 27, 2012 11:21:31 PM

raytseng said:
if i were you, i'd either just try an external harddrive or go with a USB or memorycard and card reader.
I am assuming that your computer at least has a USB port, but if REALLY your current computer has only 20gb, then it is really old, and I can be wrong on that too....


It does have USB ports, but they are USB 1.0 which makes any file transfer very slow.
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July 27, 2012 11:27:41 PM

don't they have craigslist where you live? I'm sure you can buy a used computer on the cheap
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a c 311 G Storage
July 30, 2012 3:05:09 AM

You could install a PCI SATA Controller Card. Then you should be able to use any drive up to 2TiB, provided that the card has SATA drivers for your OS.

You would still boot from your original drive, but the new drive could be used for storage.
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a c 357 G Storage
July 30, 2012 3:48:26 AM

If you figure out how to get a HDD over 137 Gb to work in this machine, you also will need to be sure your OS can handle a drive this size. 48-bit LBA Support is needed in the OS as well as in the HDD and the HDD controller.

The original version of Win XP did NOT have this feature. It was added in Service Pack 1 and maintained after in SP2 and 3, Vista, and Win 7. So if your OS is Win XP with ANY SP installed, or later, you're OK and need not worry about your OS. But if it's original XP or older, you will need to update.
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August 8, 2012 3:42:06 PM

Best answer selected by scottpage7348.
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