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hi,
i want to know, of what capacity of harddisk, SE440BX2 motherboard can support. Can it support hard drives of   40 GB if yes then how?
I have heard that it can not support hard disk above than 20 GB.
thanks for ur response
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What brand/model of Motherboard do you have?
As far as my knowledge the BIOS is the one that limits the size of the Hard Disk.

I have a DFI motherboard with the SE440BX chipset and I'm using a 30 GB Ultra ATA 100 Hard Disk, but working as an ultra ATA 66, motherboard limitation.
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You won't have any problem. Even if you have an older version BIOS it will see up to 128GB of hard disk
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I have to concur with Sorgie on this.  The Intel SE440BX motherboard doesn't have any restrictions noted on it's HD support, according to the tech specs (ftp://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/se440bx/69114101.pdf).

You should have no problem with the 40GB hd.

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i want to confirme from a person who have this board and also using 40 GB hard disk?
IS THERE ANY?
regards
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Info_expert...

From the Intel website... "These products are no longer being manufactured by Intel. Additionally, Intel no longer provides interactive support for these products via telephone or e-mail, nor will Intel provide any future software updates to support new operating systems or improve compatibility with third party devices and software products."

Given that you're working with an older MB, chances are you aren't going to have too much luck finding another user partnering this MB with the same configuration you're looking to have.

In trying to obtain more information regarding this board in order to alleviate your concerns, I *did* find that the IDE controller integrated into the Intel SE440BX Motherboard supports Ultra DMA modes 0,1 and 2. Ultra DMA mode 2, also known as ATA-33 or Ultra DMA 33, is the highest speed transfer mode supported by the Intel SE440BX Motherboard. The motherboard hardware cannot support the maximum transfer rate of the ATA-66 drives. A drive that complies with the ATA-66 specification will run timings up to Ultra ATA-33 on the Intel SE440BX Motherboard.

As most HDs are using the running at a transfer rate of the 66 or higher, you might find that your 40GB drive is incompatible with the MB... not because of the size of the drive, but because of the age of the motherboard.  While it might work, it'll be slow.

For more information, you should refer to http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/se440bx/se_prdoc.htm

Hope this is of use.

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TYPO...

Meant to say, "As most **new** HDs are running at a transfer rate of 66 or higher..."

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It will work !!!! Trust us!
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I've used the Intel SE440BX-2 motherboard.  I did find the onboard controller slow.  My solution to that was to install a Promise IDE controller and things just took off.
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guess he gave up!
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