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Upgrading Hard drives in older pc's

Posted on 2004-04-11
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I have a dell optiplex GX1 Pentium 2 350 MHz desktop and I want to upgrade my hard drive to an 80 gb . do I have any hard drive restrictions to consider?
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Most Pentium II - class motherboards require a BIOS flash to update them to handle hard drives over 32GB.  If you can't do this, the alternative is a PCI IDE controller card that can:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=16-102-002&depa=1

The key is what brand BIOS do you have and what version?
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BIOS as above and the File system/OS you are using.... which is?
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by:compfixer101
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dono really try it out then if it don't work then do what they suggested because well why spend more money then is needed
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Most new harddrives come with "drive overlay" software which will allow your BIOS to see drives over 32 GB.  I have an 80 GB Maxtor drive working fine on an old Soyo SY-5EMA+V1.0/V1.1 motherboard running an AMD K-6 450 MHZ cpu for over 8 months now.  The entire 80 Gb is seen and available.  Other than a short pause during boot, no problems.  Check the website of your new harddrive's manufacturor for more details.

Hope this helps.
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