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Hard drive size on Pavilion 873n



I would like to know what is the max. hard drive size for a Pavilion 873n, Pentium 4, running XP SP1 (to start).  The present hard drive is 120GB and has errors and bad sectors.  I would like to replace it with a hard drive of at least 500GB and after recovery, upgrade to SP3.  I have the recovery discs.  Will this older computer handle it?  Thanks.



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Some of the older PCs have issue with hard drives over 160 MBs.  Review this post.

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Re: Hard drive size on Pavilion 873n

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According to MS, if your original XP disks are SP1, your ready for drives larger than 137GB.


Caveat:    By default, the original release version of Windows XP Home Edition and of Windows XP Professional do not have 48-bit LBA support. Your computer must meet the following requirements to use 48-bit LBA ATAPI support:

  • 48-bit LBA-compatible BIOS.
  • 137-GB hard disk or larger.
  • You must have Windows XP SP1 installed.;en-us;303013


How to test for 48-bit LBA compatible.


or my other post and fix at


The main reason I mentioned the adapter is hard drive capacity versus cost. SATA drives are cheaper now than old technology EIDE drives, and have larger cache buffers.


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