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    Hdd?

    How can I check that what is the max capacity mobo can support?

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    on the motherboard's website
    what motherboard do you have?

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    I don't think they have a limit, the os can limit how much you have though such as win98 wouldn't pick up my mates 80gig hard drive, but in win2k it did .

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    MSI 5184

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    Originally posted by Stylez
    I don't think they have a limit, the os can limit how much you have though such as win98 wouldn't pick up my mates 80gig hard drive, but in win2k it did .
    they do - older one's especially. until recently a few were limited to 137gb max, but newer ones should definitely support 137 and above.

    if the motherboard doesn't support it, there's normally software from the hd manufacturer that lets you use the full size

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    Ok mate thanks for clearing that up, i didn't know for sure hence why i put "i don't" well now i do know cheers.

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    Originally posted by skly77
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    that's an old one:

    http://msi.ingenuity.net/products/de...p?ProductID=88

    i've got a dell gx1 p2-350 BX system, that wouldn't work properly with an 80gb hard drive - but i was able to use the Western Digital software with it, and that meant I could use it. (i may have had to change the jumpers on the back of the hard drive but i can't remember)

    I can't find info on what size hd you can use with the motherboard, but if the size you get for it doesn't work, you can always use the software from the manu.

    sorry stylez - i didn't mean to sound unfriendly

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    You can also try entering the info from the top of the drive into the BIOS manually, you can try updating the BIOS too (if possible). Most drives have a jumper on the back which allows the old mobos to detect it albeit often at reduced capacity. IIRC Win2000 & XP take control away from the BIOS and may very well be able to use the HD even if the BIOS has trouble seeing it. Size limitations are genrally 2GB, 8GB, 32GB(?) and 137GB (IIRC) and depend largely on the age of the mobo, probably dictated by the mobo chipset.

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    I have updated the bios twice.. I am not sure whether it can support my new 40g hd..

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