Re: How do I find out max hard drive size for my system?

Re: How do I find out max hard drive size for my system?

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Posted by Henry on February 17, 2002 at 22:53:41:

In Reply to: How do I find out max hard drive size for my system? posted by Nils Andreas on February 17, 2002 at 17:10:01:

: Hi

: I had an unfortunate hard disk crash, and need a replacement.

: I talked to this guy who sells PC hardware, that I might have a 37 GB limit on my system, but that I needed to check my system's documentation.

: I am moving house, so everything is stuffed away in boxes - so I am trying to find out without opening and searching through several boxes...

: I have a Dell XPS R400 Pentium II 400 - bought in February 99, it DID run Windows 98 up until this recent crash. The BIOS is Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 Update A13 (the latest one, dated sometimes in
: 99) from Dell.

: The disk that crashed was 13 GB - so my system was able to go above the "old" 8GB hard disk barrier.

: I would like to buy a 40 GB or a 60 GB hard drive - they are coming down in price seriously, but will they run on my system?

: Regards,
: Nils

You BIOS limit is PROBABLY 32 binary GB (a common limit prior to y2k) but with Dell it could be lower. Ask Dell (and search their web site) if they have a BIOS update that supports larger HDDs (the size YOU want).

The easy method is to get the HDD you want and if BIOS doesn't support that size just get an ATA/66 card - it will support HDDs up to about 128 (binary) GB; a DMA/33 card will perform just about as well. You have little, if anything to gain with ATA/100 or ATA/133 cards because the "slower" cards are much faster than the fastest HDDs on the market EXCEPT for the 30 or fewer MILLIseconds it takes to empty the onboard 2 MB cache (you can't blink that fast) IF it is already loaded with the data you need (fat chance).

Good Luck,

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