Max hardisk size

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I have a old computer configuration with Pentium 166 MMX and 6 GB of
This has not been of much use lately.

I was wondering if there is any limit on the size of the Hard disk
that can be attached to this. If I attach a recent 160GB hdd to this,
will it work?


Re: Max hardisk size

Rajat wrote:
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The presumptive age of your computer suggests that it probably will not
be able to see more than the first 32GB of an IDE drive.  It might even
be limited to 8.4GB.  Identifying the BIOS and its date might give more

6GB seems like plenty of storage for that machine.  It's not like you're
going to use it as a media center.  It won't even be an acceptable web
browser.  What is it that you intend it to do?

Re: Max hardisk size

On Fri, 09 May 2008 17:13:38 GMT, Grinder

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It would be acceptible for a 100MB or lower speed networked
NAS or fileserver for few clients.

I too suspect a capacity limit lower than 160GB, though a
PCI ATA133 controller card might be useful to see the whole
capacity and can be had fairly inexpensively.

Re: Max hardisk size

You ARE limited to the 6 GB harddrive with that motherboard's old BIOS.

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Re: Max hardisk size

On Fri, 9 May 2008 15:14:02 -0700, "DaveW"

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Are you implying that every computer made ships with the
largest hard drive that system's board bios can support?

That would seem to be the only way your statement could make
sense, and yet is obviously untrue.

It does bring up the point that it wouldn't hurt to check on
an newer bios, that "might" allow supporting up to 128GB if
the board had good support from manufacturer.

Re: Max hardisk size

DaveW wrote:  *** and top-posted.  Fixed.  ***
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You only need to replace the bios HD access, and you can also do
this with a suitable ROM.  I forget the names, but there are
manufacturers of such devices, which just sit on an extra card (PCI
or ISB etc.).

Please do not top-post.  Your answer belongs after (or intermixed
with) the quoted material to which you reply, after snipping all
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