Upgrade of storage capacity

Micron / Millennia max 533b gs
October 18, 2009 at 16:18:13
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Micron Millennia MAX 533B GS bought in the year 2000. The hard drive is 10.2 G. Is there any way to upgrade capacity, either internally or externally?

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October 18, 2009 at 16:52:43
Don't know the specs of that model. If it is a desktop type computer then you have a few possibilities.

First of all, that computer most likely will not recognize a hard drive with a capacity over 127GB without installing an add in controller card.

With a controller card you should be able to use most any internal hard drive that the controller card can connect. I.E. IDE or SATA type hard drives. The key in that case is if you have a space to install the drive and a slot in the motherboard to install the card. Also need an available power connector.

Considering the age and speed of that unit I would recommend you use an External hard drive instead. You still may need to install an add in card but it would be an add in USB card.

If your computer has USB ports at all they will be the slower first generation USB 1 or 1.1 type. The transfer speed with that type of USB is really unacceptable for hard drive use.

There is no capacity limitations when using an external hard drive. You will need to be using at least service pack 1 or better in order to attain USB 2.0 speeds even if you install a USB card.

Personally, I wouldn't spend much money on a computer that old. What do you need the extra drive space for?

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October 18, 2009 at 17:58:15
You could add a USB 2.0 Controller card (for better speed than USB 1.1) and an external USB drive. But as mentioned, a better idea would be newer machine in the offing...

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October 22, 2009 at 18:47:52
Good Idea, Thanks.

Now that I think about it, I have a Western Digital "My Book" USB 2.0 external drive (298GB) I once used to move digital photos from the Micron running XP to my other PC, so I know the USB on the Micron will handle a external drive.

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