But since you didn't post the make, model of the machine, members can't share if they had such. Don't pass up posting the important details since the discussion fills with "What is it?"
Ok, go look at http://www.48bitlba.ocm for articles and tools.
Here's the fast IDE drive I used on a cheap box -> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=ST3400832A-NDW-R&cpc=SUGG I chose that one because of size and seek time.
Sorry but no checking of in or out of stock as this is a world forum so you get to search for such drives in your country.
If I want to see how much 'Memory' my PC can handle, I can browse to Crucial.com and run their scanner - this will tell me the maximum amount that my PC can hold and exactly what type to buy.
How can I do the same to find a PATA 'Internal Hard Drive' for my PC?
I am unemployed so I can't afford to waste money buying a HDD that my PC can't handle. For example:- XP can handle 2 Terra-bits but my old Dell Dimension 3000 can only run a Max HDD size of 160 Gigs. I have older PCs and need to increase their HDD size - but can't get the info from the manufacturer on Max HDD size. I am already running the most up-to-date BIOS upgrade that their web site holds. Some BIOS's can only handle 40 Gigs, others can handle 137 Gigs - but how can I tell without 'Trial and Error'? This is not a storage issue, I already have an External USB drive for that. I just need the Largest and Fastest INTERNAL PATA HDD that my old PC will run.
Is there a scanner out there that can do the job?
Many thanks - Mike