Adding larger hard drive.

By thewolfe
May 29, 2003
  1. Adding larger hard drive.

    Is there a way to tell whether a larger hard drive (20GB) can replace any smaller hard drive on an older (Pent I) computer.

    I don't have any particulars because this is a general question.
  2. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    It depends on the motherboard.....chances are you may not be able to do so. Older BIOS in systems bulit around 96 to 97 tend to have a limit of support for HDD up to 8GB. Its not worthwhile fitting a 20GB into a Pent 1, might as well salvage a 8Gb from other non workable workstations.
  3. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    You have to make at least 2 partitions on your HDD and the bootable one must be less than 8 GB. The BIOS will recognize it and boot, the OS will then let you access the other disk space.

    I have a P 166 32 Mb RAM with an old AT mobo which has a 40 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM HDD in it and works fine, even with multiboot :)
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    couldn't he get an IDE controller card if his mobo's bios doesn't support sizes that large. I thought this could work because the IDE controller card has its own bios on it.
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