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November 25th, 2008, 09:25 PM
I have a computer which is used as a Samba/FTP server. Currently it has one 80Gb HDD which is not enough. I am thinking about buying another one of a bigger size. The problem is I do not know what is the maximum size (and type) of HDD the system can support (bios first of all), as the computer is rather old.
So here comes the specifications:

Dell Precision Workstation 450

BIOS Information
Vendor: Dell Computer Corporation
Version: A00
Release Date: 11/07/2002

Base Board Information
Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corp.
Product Name: 09N167

HDD currently installed:
Model Family: IBM/Hitachi Deskstar GXP-180
Device Model: IC35L090AVV207-0
ATA Standard is: ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D revision 3a

So my questions are:
1. Do I need IDE or SCSI?
2. What is the biggest size supported by BIOS?
3. Should I upgrade the BIOS?
4. Can you recomment (or not recommend) any particular model of HDD?

Thanks in advance!

November 25th, 2008, 10:10 PM
Size doesn't matter, you can use a big a hard drive as you can afford. If you are using IDE, I would stick with IDE.

Your bios doesn't need to be upgraded if you are only using the computer for Linux. Several years ago I had a dual 223Mhz processor mother board that could only see a maximum of 32Gb. As larger disks became available I just put larger capacity disks in it. When I retired it was running 4 80Gb hard drives with no problems at all.

As for recomendations go, almost all hard drives are fairly reliable, I would suggest getting one with at least a 3 year warranty.


November 25th, 2008, 10:14 PM
If you are using IDE, I would stick with IDE.

Thanks for your advice. But I am a little bit confused: I thought my HDD is IDE, but I read that /dev/sda1 stands for the SCSI drives. So what do I have?:confused: