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what is the largest harddrive I can upgrade to  on my hp pavillion 7050
100 mhz pentium ?
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by:sorgie
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Its according to your Bios age and the operating system.

If your Bios is an older version (since your box is 100mhz) I would say it won't support HD larger than 8.4MB

If your operating system is Win98 no problem
If your using early edition of WIn95 you will have to partition the drive because it only see up to 2.1
95 b and c will see it all.

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by:ch52jb
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If you need a large drive, you could convert to scsi, but the cost is high (an upgraded system with large UDMA drive might be cheaper)
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by:frache
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Another way :

You can download a little utility to bypass bios. With this utility no bios limitation. Only OS limitation ...

You can download utility on Disk manufacturer sites
( www.seagate.com, www.quantum.com etc ...)

Example : Quantum
http://www.quantum.com/support/csr/software/csr_software.htm
->Ontrack Disk Manager® DiskGo! version 2.50


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jkayal earned 50 total points
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You did not state the size of your current hard drive nor your operating system BUT >>
You may find that your present hard drive is adequate for the basic operating system programs that you use frequently. A good solution would be to use an add on zip drive to store your data and less frequently used application programs. This would spare you the effort and possible system installation problems of installing a larger hard drive on an older system. In my experience, when installing a large hard drive on an older system , I ran into the fact that my early version of Windows 95 operating system was not prepared to easily use the larger hard drive.  
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