New HDD in older laptop (HP)

Hewlett-packard / Ze4900
November 1, 2010 at 16:54:39
Specs: win xp 32-bit, New Build
Attempting to revive a 2-year old HP laptop, with a bad HDD. Hp's customer service is not that great when answering the following:

What are the limitation of the BIOS with regards to the HDD capacity? I never got a direct answer. My question for this forum is --> If I install a larger HDD than the current BIOS supports, will there be some ill behavior somewhere down the road; e.g. lost data?

My thinking, the cost for the original hdd size (40-GB) ATA-6, is almost as much as a 320-GB ATA-6 HDD. Why not just get the ATA-6\320-GB? Use it until the laptop dies then remove the HDD for use in a desktop with a BIOS that would then recognize the entire capacity of the device?

I'm only interested in, will buying a larger HDD than the BIOS can recognize cause more grief than only not seeing the full capacity of the device.


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November 1, 2010 at 17:22:03
Any lba option in bios?

You may need both OS and hardware support for some sizes. Hardware may mean both motherboard and ata supported card.

It may be that some live linux cd can tell. What you want to look for is 48 bit lba support.


It may be that your model is listed on hard drive web pages for a configuration app to tell how large of a drive it supports.

It may cause grief but I'd guess a two year old HP would support 48 lba.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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