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Max size sata drive for pcchips a31g

Can you please tell me the max size SATA HDD i can use with a pcchips A13G motherboard using the 2 SATA ports im not sure if its v1.0 or v1.1

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  • jason_UK Sep 09, 2008

    sorry i made a mistake the motherborad is a pcchips A31G when i looked on the pcchips website it says that some motherboards only accept upto 400GB on the onboard SATA ports but the A31G wasnt listed i want to put 2x 500GB SATA drives on there but i dont want to waste my money on 500s if it will only take 400s

    many thanks if you can help



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Hi Jason_UK, the motherboard revision does not matter in regards to the SATA size. (The board does support SATA).
2TB is a limit imposed by the MBR partition table. Assuming the disk uses 512 sectors.
If the sector size is increased to 4KB, the limit becomes 16TB. Suggest you setup your serial ATA SATA disk drives by downloading the manufactures bootable floppy disk setup software. Most SATA manufactures also provide bootable CD software if you do not have a floppy drive in your system. You will be able to change the size of the clusters allowing you to have access to the entire drive. The floppy software will also allow you to format the disk & there are other features that can be turned on or off. Neither windows nor the bios can make these changes.

Good luck Jason!

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Sep 09, 2008
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    Mike Peluso Sep 09, 2008

    Hi Jason, I read through the manual & I did not find any mention of limitations for the serial ATA SATA 2.0 hard disk drives on the A31G v1.0 motherboard. I did not find any reference to the A31G (No reversion number while at PCChips). Feel free to post the link from PCChips so I can read what you read. (This will be the first time I have ever heard of something like this).

    The motherboard bios, does not show the total drive’s size. Only windows will show the total drive’s size. Do not forget to set the correct SATA drive in Advanced BIOS Features, Page 22.

    Hard Disk Boot Priority.

    Think about it, why would a motherboard manufacture set a size limit on a supported SATA 2.0 port? I have come across many people who have asked a similar question. (Will windows see my total drive size)? Some times windows does not see the total drive size. These people buy from the net OEM & do not receive floppy setup software for their drive. Whether it be an IDE or SATA drive. The trick is to use the software from the manufacture for the SATA drive. If the bios see's the drive in the Standard CMOS Setup, Page 21 in manual & you will be using Windows 32 bit software OS or 64 bit. There is no reason for windows not to see the entire drive size. Windows XP home edition may need SP1 before it will see some drive’s total size. This can be adjusted through windows disk management. (diskmgmt.msc). after updating windows.

    Again, please post the link that mentions a limit of 400GB.




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