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Can I install a hard drive in an HP Pavilion 6736 which has a capacity greater than 20GB ? If so, is there an upper limit to the capacity..can I install a 120 GB drive?

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The size is not an issue with the hardware normally. Usually it has to do with the operating system. If you are running an OS like windows xp you should have no problem.

Just make sure you are using the SAME type interface hard drive. Example PATA Parallel ATA, or Serial ATA (SATA).

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  • If installing an additional drive, make sure that your PC has at least one additional drive bay. Many HP and Compaq desktop PCs only have one drive bay and it is already in use. For these PCs the only option is to upgrade the hard drive.
  • Make sure the motherboard in the PC can support the type of drive that you want to install. The most compatible drives are IDE, followed by Utra-IDE (EIDE), and then Serial ATA (SATA).
  • If you want to add an additional hard drive to the PC, you probably should upgrade the power supply as well. Especially if additional components like memory or a CD or DVD drive were also added.
  • If adding an IDE drive to a PC that already contains an IDE hard drive, you may need an IDE cable that has three connectors. Some HP and Compaq PCs use IDE cables that contain only two connectors, one for the motherboard connection and one for the back of one drive.
  • If you are replacing a drive, get a recovery disc set for your exact model of PC.
  • If you are installing new drive, you will need recovery discs to format the new hard drive.
  • Get a Phillips screwdriver and a medium flat-blade screwdriver.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Find a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
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    You can install whatever size you want, as long as it's an IDE disk , otherwise you will have to buy a separate PCI SATA card in which you would be able to plug in a SATA disk.

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