Upgrading hard disk

  Hayrick 18:27 18 Oct 2005

I have a mesh computer bought in Feb 02. The processor and motherboard were upgraded in June 03 to an Asus A7N8X motherboard And an Athlon 2400. At present it uses an 80 GB main drive. I would like to upgrade this to 160GB but I understand I may be limited to 137 GB. How can I find out if this is so. Is there a way round it if this limit applies.

  mattyc_92 18:32 18 Oct 2005

What operating system are you running?

  Hayrick 19:06 18 Oct 2005

Windows XP on a recovery disc upgraded with SP2

  mattyc_92 19:16 18 Oct 2005

You *should* have no problems then.... You don't have to do anything "special", just install the drive

  Jak_1 23:49 18 Oct 2005

you will have no probs with a 160 drive, I have two 160 drives internal and a 300gig external, XP has no probs with the size of any of them.

  Doire_Bhoy 08:43 19 Oct 2005

It depends on the age of your BIOS. I think if its newer than 2002 you should get past the 137gb barrier

  GANDALF <|:-)> 12:03 19 Oct 2005

If you buy an external HD you will have no space/BIOS problems.


  woodchip 12:12 19 Oct 2005

I would suggest you fit a new drive as Slave to the Old one. So that your Restore disc's will still work. You can move some of the stuff of your 80gb drive to the new drive but programs would have to be uninstalled and then reinstalled if you want to use the new drive for some programs, they will still put some info on the main old drive as they still have to write the registry and load dll's to System32

  Hayrick 18:26 19 Oct 2005

I prefer to employ the new drive as master and replace the present small slave drive with the old master.

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