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Inspiron 600m hard drive capacity

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March 24, 2011 5:14:53 AM

Hello,
I wanted to upgrade my hard drive from 30GB to 320GB. Dell said it was compatible. Upon installation PC said I had only 137GB.When I called Dell support they said the max capacity was 100GB.They are refunding my money. Should I go to someplace like MICROCENTER?
March 24, 2011 2:54:19 PM

Here is a review on your laptop: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell-inspiron-600m-for/...

It has a Centrino CPU, which is one of Intel's budget CPUs.

Take Dell's advice and install a 100 GB HDD. This will work. MicroCenter does have some good deals.

When I wanted to replace my Dell Inspiron 5150 (old) laptop HDD, Dell told me that 250 GBs was the max. So that's what I did. The replaced 250 GB HDD (from MicroCenter) works fine.

Keep in mind that you can do HDD cloning and clone the old HDD on to the new higher capacity HDD. Use Apricorn's Drivewire for doing this cloning. http://www.apricorn.com/product_detail.php?type=family&... (available at MicroCenter)
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August 19, 2011 7:43:35 PM

The 600m will take a HDD larger than 100GB (or 137GB), as long as the boot partition (1st partition) is smaller than 137GB. If you don't partition the drive, it will work fine until data is written in a sector beyond the 137GB mark at which point it will be dead on the next restart.

I thought I'd toasted two 250GB HDDs until I found this fix. 1st partition is 120GB now and it works fine (for 2+ years). I don't know if subsequent partitions also need to be less than 137GB? You could experiment or just play it safe...
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August 19, 2011 7:46:39 PM

....and it needs to be IDE
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