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Old 07-03-2007, 06:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Buying a hard drive, I need some help.

I want to buy this drive - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

It's a 250GB Ultra ATA100

Doing a little more research on hard drives, I came across the mention of a 137GB limitation problem.

I don't know whether my system will recognize a 250 drive. I heard there are ways of making an NTFS system recognize 137GB+ drives. I've found an article that states there are software updates for motherboards with this and that chipset, but I don't know what chipset I have. Also, I heard a BIOS update help to. But I can't seem to find a definite source for upgrading my BIOS.

I've also heard that ATA133 interface drives automatically force your system to recognize 137GB+ drives. But I don't know if my system will run ATA133 drives.

I've attached my computer's information in a zip file. It has specs for my BIOS, Processor, current Hard Drive, and Motherboard.

Any advice on whether or not I might have compatibility issues with this hard drive is appreciated.
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HP Pavilion 7920
901MHz Intel processor, 256MB SDRAM,
30GB & 250GB IDE Hard Drives (NTFS)
Audio= Intel 82801AA AC\'97 Audio Controller
Video= Intel 82810 Graphics Controller
OS= WinXP Pro / SP3 (32 bit)
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I think as long as your Windows has SP2, and you format your hard drive, you shouldn't have a problem. I had the same concern too, but I had SP2, installed the hard drive, formatted it, and it showed the full capacity size, of my 250GB hard drive.



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137gb barrier

there ya go ^_^
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