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Largest Hard Drive for A-Open AK-47 series MB

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I have an A-Open AK47 series Mainboard.  I read through the manual that I have downloaded and I cannot determine what the largest size Hard Drive it will support would be.  Does anybody have an answer for that?
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by:rindi
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Are you sure that's the correct model number? I can't find it on the aopen page. How old is it? If not too old (4 or less years), It'll support the largest disk sizes you can get these days.
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by:pgm554
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From what I can tell ,it uses the VIA P4X266 chipset and doesn't support over 137 gb.

But in any case ,most larger drives come with a bios system tool that will allow you to trick the system board into seeing the larger drives.

Maxblast and Seatools are two that are bundled with large hard drives.
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by:Nick Denny
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And if you are still stuck - you get can a ATA PCI card to where you can attach the drive.
The card then takes care of the drive.
http://www.promise.com/product/product_detail_eng.asp?segment=Non-RAID%20HBAs&product_id=87
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by:mrlagasse
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Hi, I am not sure how old this machine is.  I bought two used machines for $25 each from a local college.
I combined the best of the two and put Windows 200 Pro on it.
It has an AMD 1.2 GHz processor, and 756 MB RAM.
I have to check to see if the Maxtor 250 Gig  hard drive drive has those tools pgm mentioned.
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If possible don't use any such disk overlay software as it can cause other tools and utilities to give you errors. I'd first just try the drive as it is, even if the BIOS only shows it as a 137GB HD. Try the installation to a partition that is just that size or less. Then once you have the latest servicepack installed it sometimes is possible to use the rest of the disk as a further partition. If not then it is preferable to use a PCI IDE controller like serious above suggested. If you buy simple non raid ones they won't cost much either.
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I second rindi. Go ahead and try it first. SocketA mobo's are pretty good about seeing over the 137gig limit (at least the ones I have, see a 200gig I plugged in as a test).
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read the supported drive tablefor that mobo .it says NO to >137 nativly
http://spain.aopen.com.tw/tech/report/perf/PhaseOut%20hdd.htm
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Tough one.

Either a 4 way split or PAQ/No Refund.
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Sorry, i never got a chance to try it out.  Split up the points as you will.
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In that case, I vote PAQ/Refund.
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Thank you much.  : )
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