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What is the biggest size hard drive that can be installed so that the bios will read it?

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If you have a fairly new pc you can go as high as a terabyte but its generally safe to just buy two 500 GB.

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Hardrive is unknown device in bios


The BIOS determines the maximum size hard disk the computer can support.
The max hard disk size for this model Dell is 80Gb.
To use your 250Gb hard drive, install this Hard drive into an USB hard drive case and use it as an external USB hard drive.

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Acer Aspire 5002WLMi Laptop won't recognize full 320 Gigabytes of new PATA hard drive. It's always been running a 80 Gigabyte 4200 RPM but that drive is old...a 2005 HD. New WD320 only reads 137...


The BIOS in the ACER determines the maximum size of the hard drive it can support.
Check the laptop's specification to see the max size you can install in this model laptop.
It appears that the max size your laptop can support is 140 Gb (unformatted). 137Gb formatted.

I suggest you install a hard drive up to 140 Gb capacity in your laptop and place the 320 Gb hard drive in an USB hard drive adapter case and when you attach this hard drive to the USB port in your ACER laptop then you will be able to get the full 320 Gb capacity after you delete the partition and create a 320 Gb partition and format the hard drive.

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How do I choose a hard drive?


It depends upon where the hard disk is to be installed, ie. in a desktop computer, in a laptop or in an USB hard drive case.

A 3 1/2 inch hard drives can be a IDE/PATA or a SATA type. Older computers use IDE/PATA hard drives and the maximum size you can install in a desktop depends upon the computer's BIOS.
SATA hard drives are generally used in later model computers and the size of the hard drive is not limited by the BIOS.

A 2 1/2 inch hard drives are used in laptops and are available in IDE/PATA and SATA types. The size and limitations of IDE/PATA hard drives also apply to laptops. The same applies to SATA hard drives.
The choice and size of hard drive depends upon your requirements and how much you want pay.
Don't forget to check BIOS for the maximum IDE/PATA hard drive size you can install in your computer.

Aug 22, 2011 | HP Computers & Internet

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What's the maximum hard drive I can install in a Compaq SR1420NX I have a 80 hard drive right now I want to install a larger one. Will this computer handle a larger Hard Drive


The BIOS has a max. hard drive size limitation. Check the manual for the maximum size the motherboard can support.
If the maximum size hard disk it can support then you can add a second hard drive in the computer as a SLAVE hard drive to double your disk space capacity.

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Hi i m hems i m upgrading hard disk on my ( acer aspire 1641nwlmi ) laptop hard disk is 160 gb but it's not detecting my new hard disk , my new hard is ok but i have quistion 160 gb is supporting my laptop...


The Aspire 1641 is supplied with a 80Gb hard drive. If the new 160Gb hard drive is not detected in the BIOS then the BIOS cannot support this size hard drive.
Check your manual/specification to see the maximum size hard drive it can support.
You can install the 160Gb hard drive in an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.

Aug 24, 2010 | Acer Aspire 1641WLMi Notebook

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INSTALL DISK 320 GB IN THE DELL BIOS does not show ISPIRON 6400


The biggest drive that was offered with that was a 120gb. So you should be ok as far as the 320 size. I did a 80 to a 320 and it worked. There shouldn;t be any jumpers to set on the drive. So I would check the power connector if it is seperate. You should hear or feel the drive spin up even if it isn't detected. The next thing is to check the bios and see if it is detected. That might be all it takes is to open the bios and force it to detect the drive instead of auto.
You may need to do a bios update.

Aug 13, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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What is the biggest HD I can install using the original BIOS (2006 version)


Yes you can install that drive. The only thing your limited on is the number of drives you can install..

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SATA hard disk size


Your Motherboard is SATA 1.0 - If you select a newer 2.0 drive you will have to place the 1.5gb jumper on the drive to be visible to the bios and operate at 1.5 instead of 3.0 gbs - http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=searchresult&keywords=ms-7043&table=download
this is the link to the manual and drivers for your mobo
The other option is to purchase an updated SATA 2.0 controller card and then you can support all the new size HD's - here is the link to one such card for $29.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2254079&CatId=1455 - if you are not ready to update the mobo, then this is a great solutions

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I need to replace my hard disk notebook with a bigger capacity hdd


Toshiba is rather secretive with their documentation. It is hard to find. Google TOSHIBA SATELLITE A10 SERVICE MANUAL and check the available offerings.

You now have a 5400 RPM, ATA 100 drive. You should not have any drive size restrictions. Shops are advertising many large drives as compatible.

I suggest that you purchase only a 7200 RPM drive. The faster speed will perk your machine right up.

I have not worked on Toshiba machines but suggest you have all restore disks and passwords at hand.

Feb 18, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite A10 Notebook

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Bios not recognizing my new hard drive, have new hard drive cable also.


1) Try upgrading the BIOS software (flash it) according to your BIOS manufacturer.
2) What OS are you using?
3) When you fully format a Hard Drive (of any size) part of it is lost to the formatting process, have you checked if you have another partition on that hard drive?

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