Can I use an external hard drive?

  Zebrapec 15:13 26 Nov 2005
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I have an old (7years) Tiny computer, it runs win xp and has two 4Gig hard drives & 512RAM. I have heard that I cannot run a bigger internal HD because of the motherboard restrictions. Do these same restrictions apply to an external HD?

  kinger 15:15 26 Nov 2005

When you purchase an external drive, you should be albe to allow formatting for bigger drives using the utility that comes with the drive.

I had a seagate drive recently and was warned about the support problem. However, using the supplied software, it worked a treat.

  Totally-braindead 15:22 26 Nov 2005

I'm not sure of this hard drive restriction you mention, there is a restriction on hard drives above 137mb I think it is but that is on Windows 98. Before you go further I would try to ascertain what motherboard your PC actually has and see if it will support a larger drive. I personally have not heard of a motherboard restricting the size of a hard drive like this and suspect this is not the case. I can see no reason you couldn't install a 3rd drive of say 80 gig or more. I may be wrong here but I would find out what motherboard you have before making any decision.

  Zebrapec 15:36 26 Nov 2005

Totally-braindead, thanks for the response, but I do not know the name of the motherboard that is the problem, and when I use 'third party' programs to find out the info they all come back with the response ' Mother board' - 'origin unknown' I think that Tiny used a undisclosed version.

  Totally-braindead 15:38 26 Nov 2005

How about looking at the case of the PC for name/model number, that together with processor speed and memory may be enough for someone to identify it.

  kinger 15:41 26 Nov 2005

137GB was the limit, I believe.

My new hard drive was 300GB and so required a quick fix with the aforementioned software supplied.

When using XP service pack 2, however, this wasn't an issue and, when installing further drives (yes, I've got a lot)they installed instantly, no software needed.

  Zebrapec 15:50 26 Nov 2005

Ok, don't all laugh, here is some info. Intel Pen.11 Pro. 350MHz. 256MB RAM. running WIN xp with SP2.

  Longhouse 03:02 27 Nov 2005

Had problems installing a 20Gb to a sony laptop to replace an installed 4.3Gb due to BIOS limitations. I couldn't flash the BIOS (it wouldn't take) and neither would drive overlay software.

I resorted to installing the drive in USB external enclosure to transport data between other machines and found that the laptop could see the 20GB perfectly as external drive!

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