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HankRearden
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Could a PC support a larger external drive than it does internally?

Almost a year ago, with help from this forum, I learned the hard way that my computer won't support an internal hard drive larger than 1 TB.

 

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/Installing-a-3TB-secondary-hard-drive-on-a-Presario-CQ...

 

System: Presario CQ5320F

OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Motherboard: M2N68-LA (Narra6)

BIOS: American Megatrends 5.15, 11/6/2009

 

Now, with that 1 TB drive failing on me (trying to see if I can get it replaced), a different question comes to mind.  Does anyone know if the system could support a larger EXTERNAL drive than what it's limited to on an internal drive?  I'm speculating that because an external drive presumably connects via USB (I guess I should also figure out if they're USB 3.0 ports) and size restrictions become more of a software issue, not necessarily a motherboard/bios issue as with the internal drive.

 

In other words, if I can't get my 1TB drive replaced by the vendor for failing within a year and I'm going to have to buy my own, I'm wondering if I could instead buy a 2 or 3TB external drive for this machine.

 

I know what you're thinking... if I'm willing to drop a hundred or two on a new hard drive, why not stretch it a little more and get a cheap but competant newer PC to stop living under these terrible hard drive limitations?  You my friend would be right, and I applaud the suggestion.  But let me remind you how "wives" work.  When you try to explain to them why the smart thing is to spend $400 on a new computer, they recite a well rehearsed list of things they think you should instead spend that money on.  Pssh... wives.

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banhien
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Re: Could a PC support a larger external drive than it does internally?

Hi,

 

There are 4TB external HDD's on the market now and they all work.

 

Regards.

BH
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Re: Could a PC support a larger external drive than it does internally?

Understanding the previous commentary you linked, I would still suggest a 1TB drive on your M2N68-LA board.

The newer 64MB cache drives will give better performance.

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Re: Could a PC support a larger external drive than it does internally?

Thank you both. Exactly the information I needed!
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