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Taking out old hard drive(40GB) need to install new 500gb I am told that my computer can only accept 200gb at a time. what do I do?

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  • jeremy_stubb Mar 09, 2009

    I came online to get my ducks in a row. I'm not familiar with all this techincal stuff. My old one is currently installed right now and before I take it out of the tower I would like to know what will happen. Is there a location on this site for formating this new hard drive?

  • jeremy_stubb Mar 09, 2009

    my computer was installed with 256m at 333. I have two new 512 at 400. They are the correct pin#. When installed my computer woudn't even come on. is there a way to make these cards work? My father purchased these for me and he was told that these would work with my system.

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Who ever told you is wrong you can take any size but why did you come online to ask this question you could've changed it and find out. if it wasnt working then you come to fixya to ask why.

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    lotfi bouakaz Mar 09, 2009

    well you can either do 2 choices

    1. to just add the new hard drive and use it as extra space

    2. to remove the old, replace it with the new and install everything again using recovery or operating system cds.

    I recommend number 2.

    number 1 you must have a spare "which most do" a spare connection on the same cable, hook up that connection and then hook up additional power connector "just by watching how the old one is connected you can figure out this"
    normaly it will show up automaticaly when xp is loaded but if its not then go to the "add hardware"

    but dont worry nothing will happen to the system because if you're not sure you can just put everything back how it was before.


  • lotfi bouakaz
    lotfi bouakaz Mar 09, 2009

    i dont think it will work, if your original one was 333 you only should buy a 333 . weather 512mb or 1gb

    but now we're talking memory, we were talking hard drives before no?
    anyway my point is 400mhz isnt compatible with your system but a 333 mhz is.

    so return the 400 and replace with 512mb ddr 333mhz


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