advice on additional hard drive sizes

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reid1
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I'm thinking of changing my video drive from 120gb and I would like some advice as to a recommended size that will work with my system.
I also am planning to use the 120 to replace my mpeg drive which is an 80gb
so I just want to make sure that my processor is capable of coping with a much larger size of drive. Any suggestions much appreciated.

Sytem comprises of pentium 3.0Hz pentium 4.478 Hyper threading (800fsb) Intel CPU, 256MB DDR400 RAM, 40gb eide 7200rpm,80gb eide 7200rpm, 120gb eide 7200rpm. Matrox RTX100 extreme, Prem.6.5, XP Pro

harlequin
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I cannot see why it would not be capable of reading at least 160GB , my machine here , a sony 2ghz p4 , is capable of that.

The exact motherboard may help work out max size

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reid1
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Gary,
this is the info I have on the motherboard: Intel D875PBZ 875 chipset pentium 4 motherboard(single processor, 533/800FSB) Hopefully this is the right information for you. I was thinking of getting a drive about 300gb in size
as the upgrade.
John R

Ron Wessels
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The only issue on disk sizes you may see is the 137 GB disk size limitation where the old-style disk addressing scheme simply runs out of bits. Hence the so-called 48-bit LBA ATAPI mode. For a Pentium 4 machine, your BIOS is certainly going to have large disk support, so hardware-wise, you can support any size disk currently available for sale.

If you do get a disk bigger than 137 GB, there may be an operating system issue with the disk drivers supporting 48-bit LBA addressing. For Windows 2000, see this Microsoft Knowledge Base article on how to enable large disk support. For Windows XP, see this Knowledge Base article.

Ron Wessels

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reid1 wrote:
Gary,
this is the info I have on the motherboard: Intel D875PBZ 875 chipset pentium 4 motherboard(single processor, 533/800FSB) Hopefully this is the right information for you. I was thinking of getting a drive about 300gb in size
as the upgrade.
John R

from this http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/bz/

Yes. The Desktop Board D875PBZ supports Ultra ATA transfer rates up to 100 MB/sec (ATA/100) by way of the Intel® 82801ER I/O Controller Hub (ICH5-R) with two independent bus-mastering IDE interfaces. An Ultra ATA/100 supported hard drive and an 80 conductor IDE cable are required to take advantage of the increased bandwidth available on the IDE channel.
One of the features of the Intel Desktop Board D875PBZ is its ability to support larger ATA/100 capable hard drives with 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) within the BIOS along with all Ultra ATA transfer rates (i.e., 33 MB/sec, 66 MB/sec and 100 MB/sec). To realize a true throughput performance difference, a hard drive may need to implement higher spindle speeds, such as 7200 RPM, and a large onboard buffer size to take advantage of the increased bandwidth available on the IDE channel

Gary MacKenzie

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reid1
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Gary,
thanks for your info, as I mentioned my thoughts were on using a Maxtor 300gb 7200rpm, 16mb drive which I have sourced from a local supplier.
I just wanted to make sure before I made a move and bought it.
John R.