which Hard Drive will fit to my Motherboard?

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Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:54 pm


i want to add an IDE Hard Drive with 160 GB of memory, the Question is if
it will fit to my motherboard?
i know all my hard drives are IDE

my Motherboard details:

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID 08/27/2001-i845-6A69VL1BC-00
Motherboard Name Lucky Star P4A845S

Front Side Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel GTL+
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 100 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 400 MHz
Bandwidth 3200 MB/s

Memory Bus Properties:
Bus Width 64-bit
DRAM:FSB Ratio 4:3
Real Clock 133 MHz
Effective Clock 133 MHz
Bandwidth 1067 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel Hub Interface
Bus Width 8-bit
Real Clock 67 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 267 MHz
Bandwidth 267 MB/s

Motherboard Physical Info:
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR
RAM Slots 3 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio
Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Size 230 mm x 300 mm
Motherboard Chipset i845
BIOS Bodhisattva
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Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:42 am

Hi, Dimiav.
I'm pretty sure your motherboard will only be able to see 137GB of that drive (128GiB), from the 2001 date of the BIOS.
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Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:46 am

and it is a series 6.0 core Award, I can't remember seeing any of those not supporting >128GB yet.

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Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:48 am

HDD support isn't restricted by the BIOS if you use a modern OS like Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 SP4 or Linux. They all ignore the size of the HDD reported by the BIOS and rather query the HDD itself through the IDE interface. The only drawback: the partition containing the OS has to reside in the space of the HDD that is detected by the BIOS. You can even clip the drive to 32GB with a special jumper and use the full size in (modern) OS nonetheless.
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