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Large Hard Drive

By surfersaiyan
Sep 30, 2008
  1. quick question, and i'm sure i deserve a quick answer! some might say i should have looked around a bit more and maybe i would have found the answer.. but i'm a bit fragile today, and remember, 'there's no such thing as stupid questions; just stupid people.'

    here goes; with regards to putting a large hard drive in my laptop which is the most important factor to recognising the drive, bios or service pack? (or both).

    i have xp pro sp2 (also access to sp3) and i bought a 120gb drive to be safe (and it works fine), but i just wonder if it would recognise a bigger drive than that.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,929   +167

    Basically pay close attention to the laptops specs, for hard drive type (eIDE, SATA) and rotational speed. Also, the higher the speed and capacity, the hotter the drive runs. Heat is an enemy of a laptop. You already know how hot they run normally... I've installed 250GB drives, successfully
     
  3. surfersaiyan

    surfersaiyan TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 124

    thanx magic. but i think i'm just wondering if i put in a 250gb will it only come up as a 127? what is it that makes my laptop recognise a bigger drive, is it the bios or the service pack or both?
     
  4. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    If you have sp2 then the service pack wont be an issue, the BIOS is always going to be a factor and you will have to configure (or have it auto-configure) that drive in the BIOS as a 250gb.
     
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

    with SP2 you should be good to go. see here
     
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