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Can i add another 500gb hard drive in my compaq 5450f desktop?identical hard drive.if so will it just recognize it when installed?thanks*

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If you have unused usb ports, you can get a usb-hub device so you can connect more usb-devices.

as for usb-hd, you are only limited by the number of open ports. size doesnt matter :)

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