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Thread: Can My Comp Read Over 137 Gbs?

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    I filled up my 37 GB hard drive so my parents bought me a new one. My dad wanted to get me 250 GB one, but the guy at the store didn't know if my comp had 48 bit addressing. So, my dad got a 120 GB hard drive.

    I have a Dell Dimension 4500 PC
    Windows XP Home Edition

    The question is, how do I know if my comp would be able to read past 137 GBs and if it has 48 bit addressing?

    The 250 GB HD is only $50 more than the 120 GB and you get more than twice as much space. So, i think the 250 GB one is a good deal and worht it if my computer can handle it.

    Is 120 GBs enough anyway?

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    bigdawgfoxx's Avatar Big Dawg
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    It really depends on what you do.

    I have a 160GB Harddrive with about 50GB full.

    I have like 30 movies, 1000 songs, 50 music videos, 10GB of comedy stuff.
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  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    Originally posted by bigdawgfoxx@17 July 2004 - 14:22
    It really depends on what you do.

    I have a 160GB Harddrive with about 50GB full.

    I have like 30 movies, 1000 songs, 50 music videos, 10GB of comedy stuff.
    Im sure your info really helped him. Know it all

    You should try and see if they'll get you the 250, if it cuts it off at 137 then take it back.
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  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    wouldn't I have to fill it up to 137 gigs though before i knew if it cut it off there?

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    Originally posted by ninjamonkey@17 July 2004 - 15:39
    wouldn't I have to fill it up to 137 gigs though before i knew if it cut it off there?
    No... if you go into My Computer and click your hdd, it will tell you the size and how much is available.

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    Afronaut's Avatar Xenu
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    I think you could get this info from Dell's pages off the net.
    Maybe the Manual says about the HD sizes.
    Or maybe check the BIOS, if any updates etc.

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    i searched google and found nothing about dell and 48 bit. and the manual doesn't talk about it.

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    tesco's Avatar woowoo
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    I think the only thing holding you back would be teh operatiing system.

    Buy the 250gb, this is how you will get it to work though (do before buying):
    1. Go to dell's website, search for your computer, and download the latest motherboard BIOS version.

    2. Download XP SP1.

    After doing these i guarantee you it will work. The SP1 isn't even totally necessary. If you wanted to you could make 2 or more "partitions" making sure each one is less than 137gb and you would be set like that instead of having one big drive.

    (partitions mean that it shows up in my computer as being two different hard drives, but infact it is only one drive. each "partition" can be formatted seperately.)

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    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    I agree with Ross...it's the OS not the PC itself.
    XP WILL recognize a HDD over 137GB.
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    so i don't even need the BIOS then?

    I have SP1 by the way.

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