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Old 09-14-2004, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend has an AOpen MX6B EZ motherboard and is planning to get a bigger hard drive, but the specs... limits his size. He wants a 200GB HDD.

MotherBoard Specs...
# Integrated DMA33 Controller
# Max Disk : 137GB [28 bits ATA Spec.]

I was wondering if there is anyway for a bigger hard drive to work with this motherboard. Not sure if updating the bios will make any difference.
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maybe he should not get a new HD and just save up a little bit more and he could prolly put together a nice budget system, there cheap nowadays.
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maybe he should not get a new HD and just save up a little bit more and he could prolly put together a nice budget system, there cheap nowadays.
Agreed....the board says what it says...I highly doubt the BIOS will have any effect on the max it can take but I suppose it is something to try, but they put that info in there for a reason. I would agree with jolancer...he should look into just upgrading his system specs.
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Thanks for the help everyone, atleast now there is a few options that my friend can choose from now.
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Here is the product that you're looking for:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0534&CatId=508

This is what I have on my machine right now with a 160 GB and a 40 GB hard drive. Many large drives, though, come with this card included (mine was Maxtor and it did) which will save you $30. Hope this helps
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wonder how well that controller actually performs

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Supports Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000 and Linux
no winXP?

and it says 'supports drives larger than 30mb' well then whats the MAX it supports? Not a bad little device though.....maybe I'll start throwin in a couple more HD's
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Sorry about that link. I just threw it in there without researching. This is the card that I actually have in my system.

http://accessories.gateway.com/Acces....htm?ref=merch

It DOES WORK! No matter how big your drive is!

Drives such as this one:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....1&type=product

come with Ultra ATA Controller cards.

Good luck!
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Also remember, Windows XP does not support any drives over 137 GB unless it has SP1 or SP 2 installed. This might be tricky since most of the time the install is WITHOUT a service pack installed...
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Also remember, Windows XP does not support any drives over 137 GB unless it has SP1 or SP 2 installed. This might be tricky since most of the time the install is WITHOUT a service pack installed...
lol good point
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