upgrading hard drive

Maxtor 6l200p0 200gb hard drive
September 16, 2009 at 10:58:58
Specs: XP, P4 2.4/ 256mb
I'm looking to upgrade my hard drive, I'm thinking about getting a maxtor 200 gb hard drive to replace my maxtor 6E040L0 40 gb hard drive. They're both ATA133 so I think the new one would fit in correctly. What I'm wondering is whether or not my computer will be able to run correctly with it, does a bigger hard drive put more of a strain on the computer? It would be a big jump from 40 to 200gb.

(running a compaq evo D310 desktop, 1gb memory)

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September 16, 2009 at 13:04:42
"...compaq evo D310 desktop..."

That's not specific enough.
Hundreds of possible models:

Find the specific model number - xxxxxx-xxx - that's usually on alabel on the outside of the case somewhere.

Hard drives don't require much power - one with more capacity regarding that will not be a problem.

However, your model is old enough such that the mboard's bios MAY NOT be able to recognize hard drives larger than 128gb in Windows / 137gb manufacturer's size as it's full size.

Your mboard probably supports no faster than ATA / UDMA 100 burst data speeds - any ATA / UDMA 133 hard drive you install on the mboard's IDE will be limited to ATA / UDMA 100 burst data speeds , however that's not a problem - that speed can only be used for brief periods of time - your drive is transferring data slower than that most of the time.

Buy whatever size of IDE drive you like - they are available up to and inc. 500gb.

Try it with the IDE built into the mboard, with the mboard's bios Setup set to Auto detect drives by the method Auto or LBA. .

If it's recognized as it's full size that will be apparent.
NOTE that the size the mboard's bio sand Windows sees is it's binary size - that's always smaller than the bogus decimal drive manufacturer's size - the total number of bytes ands sectors is the same or very close to the same.

If it's not recognized as it's full size , either ...

- there are tweaks you can do to get some Intel 8xx chipsets to recognize the full size of the drive, if your model has a mboard with an Intel main chipset (if it does, it's main chipset is probably in the 845 series)

- OR - if you have a spare PCI slot available, you could buy yourself an inexpensive PCI IDE (a.k.a. EIDE, PATA) ATA 133 drive controller card, and connect the large drive to that.
- if you want to be able to boot from a hard drive connected to thecard, you must be able to select SCSI or similar in your Boot order settings or similar in the mboard's bios Setup
- if you want to be able to boot a bootable CD or DVD when a CD or DVD drive is connected to the card, the card's chipset MUST support ATAPI, which all CD and DVD drives require, or the description MUST specify you can connect CD or DVD (optical) drives to it.
Some chipsets don't support that - e.g. Promise ones - some do - e.g. Silicon Image ones.
- from previous experience, I know when you install one of these controller cards on older mboards, sometimes the drives connected to the card can run no faster than the main chipset will let it - e.g. if the main chipset limit is 100mbps, the drive connected to the card can no run no faster than that, despite the fact the card itself can run the drive at up to and inc. 133mbps.
BUT - you MAY be fortunate and your main chipset is new enough such that is NOT a limitation and the card CAN run hard drives up to and inc. 133mbps, and if so, that's probably better the the IDE built into the mboard can do.
- you will have to install drivers for the card's chipset, if you want to install an operating system on the blank drive and boot from it, e.g. by pressing F6 at the beginning of 2000's or XP's Setup while initially loading files from the CD, but that's not a big problem if you have a floppy drive.

OR - you could buy a SATA drive instead, and get yourself a PCI SATA drive controller card. You can buy SATA drives larger than 500gb if you like, and most recent drives are SATA-II - they support up to 300mb/sec max burst data speeds.
Same things apply as for the PCI IDE drive controller cards.

NOTE - since there are hundreds of possible specific models, this MAY NOT apply to your specific computer. E.g. yours may have an AMD cpu, and a mboard to suit.

Compaq Evo D310 Series with Intel 845G Chipset

largest HD original 80gb

ATA 100 max


Slots Supported:
3 full length, full height PCI slots

PS Maximum Rated Power 220W

That's a very modest PS (output) capacity.

NOTE that we are recently often hearing of people installing video cards that were not installed on the computer originally, and in many cases, the original power supply doesn't have enough capacity to support a system with the card they chose installed.

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD!)
You can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements.
Some power supplies have more than one +12v amperage rating - in that case you add the rated max amperages to determine the total +12v amperage rating.

A video card that requires more PS capacity than you system has often works for a while anyway, but the PS is overloaded 100% of the time and is eventually damaged and fails.

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September 16, 2009 at 14:18:03
thank for the reply, I looked and the number on it is 302647-999, which is the first link under the microtower section. I searched for the motherboard and got the following link, can you tell anything more from that? (sorry I'm a novice at this sort of stuff)


edit....sorry but for some reason the link doesn't work, but it's the first link under microtower in the link in the above post

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September 16, 2009 at 16:28:27
"edit....sorry but for some reason the link doesn't work,.."

NOTE that this site uses software that automatically shortens links that are longer than a certain length to save visual space in the posts - the shortened link has dots at the end of the line and is a link to the actual full length link.

Apparently that doesn't always work correctly when the link is really long.
In that case, back track where you got the link and find a shorter link, paste that in a post, then tell us what you did next.
In this case, just quoting the 302647-999 was sufficient.

I used the link to 302647-999.

Apparently it's a CTO model - Configured To Order - e.g. it can be ordered to have Intel P4 or Celeron cpus 1.6 to 2.53ghz.

All configurations use the same mboard:

"PC Board [Electronic Parts]

283983-001 System board for Pentium 4 and Celeron processors - UATX form factor - Use with configuration codes KQ6Z, KRBZ, KQ5Z, KQ9Z, KQ7Z

261981-001 New part for 283983-001 "

Search for: 283983-001
(assuming that's your actual mboard - sometimes not all possible mboards are listed)

Apparently I've already researched 283983-001 .
It's a Lite-On NR110, with a Compaq bios version on it.
I even found it's manual.

See response 2 in this:

It has an Intel 845 series main chipset.

That indicates there may be relevant info in this:

Compaq Evo D310 Series with Intel 845G Chipset


"Electronic Parts

277979-001 Switching power supply (220W) - 100-230VAC input, 50-60Hz - With Power Factor Correction (PFC)

277910-001 New part for 277979-001 "

Your system has only a 220 watt PS.
See the info at the end of response one

You can usually replace it with any decent standard sized standard ATX PS.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
See response 3 in this:

I have no other further info - just try a new hard drive and see if it's full size is recognized.

NOTE that you need to use an 80 wire data cable with it.
In additional to having twice as many wires per unit of width as your floppy cable.....
They often have two or three colors of connectors - usually the one for the mboard is blue, or in any case it's on the end farther from the middle connector on a3connector datacable - that end MUST go to the mboard.

If you get a PCI IDE or SATA drive controller card, they usually come with at least one suitable data cable.

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September 16, 2009 at 19:11:38
Apparently it's a.k.a. LUXOR, probably Compaq's or HP's own name for it.

If you would be interested in upgrading your cpu....

From that and many other "hits" it appears 283983-001 has a plain 845 main chipset, the first one that supports DDR ram (the first version supported the older plain SDram).

This site I found a few days ago:

It lists cpus that work in specific mboard models, and the specific bios version needed to support them.
At the left side of each cpu listed as known to work is a blue highlighted link. If you click on that link it shows you which specific Intel part number(s) the cpu(s) has/have, and which code(s) is/are on the cpu(s).

It doesn't list Compaq or HP or Lite-on models, but in theory you should be able to find out which specific cpus work with the plain 845 chipset by looking up models that have the plain 845 chipset, that support DDR 200 and 266mhz ram, only

Of course, there's no guarantee the bios version that's on the 283983-001 will recognize all of them, but it gives you specific info about which cpus would work if the bios version did support all of them.


If you're not sure it has the plain 845 chipset and supports DDR 200 or 266mhz ram, only, look up the model on the web.

E.g. search for: MSI 845 Pro2-C

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