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How much drive can my old computer recognize?

I have a five year old HP Pavillion 6736 with 20gigs internal and 40 external. Both are filling up fast and I'd like to get a larger external drive. I've been told in the past that my computer would only recognize up to 80gigs, however, I've also been told that I can get a 160gig and partition it. My question is, first, is it true that my machine will only recognize 80 gigs and if so, how can I partition a 160gig drive to create two 80's

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HDINFO.

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Noted at http://www.48bitlba.com/ may answer this.

Keep in mind that the OS matters too. DOS based Windows drop dead at 127GB. NT/2000/XP drop dead there until Service Packs are applied.

Bob

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forgot to add

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Ah. I forgot to add that I'm running windows ME with 512mb ram. I also run an external CD burner and scanner via USB2. I used to have an additional Maxtor 40gb external drive til I realized that It had a bunch of bad sectors on it, so I removed it from the system pending arrival of a new drive so I can save what I can from it. --frankb

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That's a DOS based Windows.

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divide 160 into 2 80's

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You can connect the 160 mb HDD into another PC with an OS that can handle more than 160 MB ( Win XP) and partition it into 2 or more Extended drives with FAT 32 (not NTFS) format. This can then be used with your ME.

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I wish that would work.

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Read the supplied URL about DOS support of 48bit LBA.

Bob

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Slip of the Keyboard !

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A slip up!

Addenda to my previous post - " make sure that each partition does not exceed 40 GB. This can be handled by FAT 32. Else Proffitt's post mentioning FAT 48 is important "

Thanks Bob.

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127gb more than I thought

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Hell, 127gb is way more than I thought my computer would recognize. I'll probably just get a 120 or a 100gb drive and be happy with that! --frankb

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