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Iwant to put a 500 gig harddrive on 4 yr old 741gx-m motherboard

I need a bigger hard drive. I got a 500 gig WD drive but I was told this is too big for a 4 yr old computer. How big of a drive can I use on a 741GX-M motherboard

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Certain older motherboards do only have support for certain sizes of drives. It depends on how the motherboard references the various sectors on the hard disk. So your friend wasn't too far off.

But this restriction applies to OLD motherboard. Anything made in the last 8 years is fine. The 741GX-M is more than modern enough.

The 741GX-M uses IDE as it's interface for hard drives, so make sure you get an IDE 500gb hard drive. Also make sure that your hard drive's jumper settings are correct. Your first hard drive is the master. Second one is the slave, and the jumpers should reflect that.

As far as operating systems go, Windows 98 has a limitation of 128gb, but ONLY because scandisk will fail on anything larger. 2000, XP and Vista handle 500gb using both the NTFS and FAT32 filesystem (but ntfs is better). All linux distros can handle 500gb using the ext2/ext3 filesystems.

If you do run into any problems detecting the hard disk, make sure you have the latest bios for your motherboard. That's just about the only real problem you can run into.

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Remember that you do not have to install another internal hard drive into your computer. You can just as well connect an external hard drive via your USB port. It is amazing how cheap external hard drives are today, and many of them have decent RPM speeds (you'll want no les than 5400).

The main caveat to getting an external drive for an older computer is that it should support USB 2.0. USB 1.1 runs quite a bit slower and an external hard drive serves more like an archival backup. However, you can buy a PCI USB 2.0 port extender to add the faster ports, IF you have a free PCI slot.

Also remember, you would be able to move existing media files (movies, songs, etc) off of your internal hard drive onto the external so you've got room for more program installations, if that's an issue.

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"Fwayne" addressed your problem quite nicely.

"...but I was told this is too big for a 4 yr old computer."

However, I just feel I would be negligent if I didn't add that whoever told you the above (if accurately quoted) needs to be added to your "Do NOT Consult" list. A word to the wise is sufficient.

Let's just call this a future "preemptive" solution.

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Actually the computer can have a large drive, but the computer board disctates the TYPE of drive you need. Also the operating system can have a limit.

If you are using Windows XP or Vista, you have no problem, but there are basically two types of drives that could fit your machine. SATA or IDE are the two types. Do this to determine the type of drive you have:

look at the cable connecting the drive to the mainboard. If it is a wide ribbon about 3" across thats an IDE it terminates with 40 pins in the drive connector, if its a small cable about 3/4" thick its likley a SATA it trerminates into tiny connector. just get a 500GB drive that is of the same type as the one you have now.

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