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Hdd can i replace with a larger hd?

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Re: hdd

Yes, a standard PC EIDE hard disk will replace the current disk without problem. I believe you can't go over 500G, but don't bet your paycheck. Make sure you set the CS or master/slave jumpers to match the original. Don't add a drive that draws too much current or you can overtax the power supply. Check the 5/12v draws on the original.

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