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With what generation did hard drive size limit become a non-issue?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Doc, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Is there a definitive break point where one can be sure that hard drive size
    limit (137 gig from what I gather) isn't a consideration?

    Thanks.
     
    Doc, Jun 27, 2006
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    Nothing definitive. However I would say that you are pretty safe
    with Opteron and Athon 64 boards. They just cannot be old
    enough. On the Intel side the newest socket models (Pentium D?)
    should also be safe.

    If you are building a new system, any mainboard from this year
    should be fine. Most you can buy new should also be fine.

    On the OS side, XP needs SP2. On Linux/BSD it has not ben a concern
    for quite some time now.

    Arno
     
    Arno Wagner, Jun 27, 2006
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  3. It's safest to just go to www.48bitlba.com and download HDINFO, which
    can test the BIOS for 48-bit LBA support. I think that most BIOSes
    issued since about 2003 have 48-bit LBA support.
     
    larry moe 'n curly, Jun 27, 2006
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    DaveW Guest

    No, there is not a definitive point. It varies from BIOS to BIOS.
     
    DaveW, Jun 27, 2006
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    Rod Speed Guest

    That doesnt help if you are considering what to buy.
    That doesnt help much either when you are considering what to buy.

    Certainly most non obsolete new systems should be fine.
     
    Rod Speed, Jun 28, 2006
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  6. Q. How big a hard drive is big enough?

    A. 3.5 inches

    :)
     
    ToolPackinMama, Jun 28, 2006
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    gfretwell Guest

    With all the BIOS extenders and such I don't see this ever being a
    problem. I have a P166 machine that is swapping spit with a 250g
    network drive. As long as the host can see it everyone can.
     
    gfretwell, Jun 28, 2006
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    Conor Guest

    Anything in the last 12 months isn't going to have a problem.


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    Conor, Jun 28, 2006
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    Jon Danniken Guest

    My hard drive used to be 5.25 inches; now that I am older it is only 3.5".
    ;->

    Jon
     
    Jon Danniken, Jun 28, 2006
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    Randella Guest

    Wow, that whole 5.25 to 3.5 sounds like a personal issue. Not a hard
    drive issue.

    Look for dates when the 160GB drives hit the market. If memory serves
    me correctly 160GB drives were the first to break the 137GB mark....

    -Randy
     
    Randella, Jun 28, 2006
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    Rod Speed Guest

    What I said in the bit you deliberately deleted from the quoting.
     
    Rod Speed, Jun 28, 2006
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    Agent_C Guest

    It's not the how big, but the rotation that counts.

    A_C
     
    Agent_C, Jun 29, 2006
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    Conor Guest

    If you top posted it, it probably got ignored.


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    paulmd Guest


    Nope. As a suprising number of older motherboards can, with a bios
    upgrade, handle 48it LBA. If it was made after 2000, there's a good
    chance that a Bios upgrade will make it work. Also, there are always
    controller cards that can overcome the limit.
     
    paulmd, Jun 29, 2006
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    Rod Speed Guest

    I didnt.
    Try again.
     
    Rod Speed, Jun 29, 2006
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