Hi all just wondering if anyone knows of a way to find out what the biggest hard drive my motherboard will accept, as i seem to remember a thread on here saying that some motherboards will only accept up to a certain size hard drive. Lappy is a Compaq Presario currently with a 80Gb hdd but i would like to go to 120Gb if poss. The reason being i have XP and Vista installed on the lappy and i need more space for all my music and photo's.
There is no limit that the OS can take but there is oviously a limit to the size of the hard drives available. If you have a IDE hard drive then i believe your limit is 160gb but if you have SATA your limit is 200gb and in the next few months 250gb.
External storage for data files is the way to go Keep the machine clean/clear for operating Also if machine goes down - no loss of valuable data There is of course no size limit to this- multiple drives - I have 2 caddies and 8 drives for example.
According to the manual/advert it is a SATA notebook drive click here however since windows was preloaded and you can't just add a second hard drive and leave the original as you can with a laptop, and because I don't know that much about laptops I don't know whether its a simple matter to change it. Perhaps someone else can advise on that. Personally I think an external drive is the simplest solution as has been suggested.
Upgrading the hard drive in a laptop is a problematical option. Toshiba laptops, for example, appear not to be upgradeable in this way. An external drive is the answer and when you're traveling with your laptop you just copy the folders and files you will need on to it or on to a CD/DVD or a USB drive and take them with you.