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01-11-2011 09:44 AM
I have an HP Pavilion Elite m9510f Desktop PC running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and want to install an internal 2TB SATA hard-disk.
I would like to know if this computer (see configuration details below) supports such 2 TB HDD:
1) Can I use it as a secondary (non-bootable) hard-disk?
2) What about as a bootable hard-disk, will it work?
3) Will I have to create multiple partitions or a single 2TB can be created/formatted?
Specifically, I plan on using a Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB 5,900 RPM SATA 3Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive model ST320005N4A1AS-RK
HP Pavilion Elite m9510f Desktop PC
Product #: NC692AAR-ABA
Chipset Intel G31/G33/G35/P31/P35
Southbridge Intel 82801IR (ICH9R)
Manufacturer: PEGATRON CORPORATION
Manufacturer's motherboard: Asus IPIBL-LB
HP/Compaq name: Benicia-GL8E
Vendor American Megatrends Inc.
Release Date 05/06/2009
BIOS Version String 5.39
ROM Size 1.00 MB
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit)
Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
Installed HDD (Seagate 750 GB)
Model Number: ST3750630AS
Firmware Revision: HP26
Size: 698.6 GB
Rotation Rate: 7200 RPM
Cache Size: 16 MB
Physical Sector Size: 512 B
Logical Sector Size: 512 B
Logical Sector Count: 1465149168
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01-11-2011 05:57 PM
The word "supported" has specific connotations in HP - it usually means was it tested with, sold with, etc. I don't believe these drives were available when this system was built/designed, so the official "supported" moniker can't be provided.
This all being said - I don't see where there would be a problem with this drive. I've an HP m9600t of a similar vintage - I've swapped out my 750GB Seagate drive for a 2TB Hitachi 7200 RPM drive, and added another 2TB WD "Green" drive as a secondary drive. No problems.
I used Norton's Ghost to clone the old boot HDD onto the Hitachi. Made sure that the D: drive aka: "recovery partition" was kept the same size, and then told Norton to use all the space of the new drive to expand out the C: drive. Works fine. The WD drive - I partitioned as one large E: drive. Made sure to partition it as NTFS.
Your mileage may vary - but I think this should work fine....
-dm (a long time HP employee, but the comments/suggestions are my own, not my employer's)
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01-13-2011 06:05 AM
Thanks for your quiick reply.
Installed the above mentioned Seagate 2 TB drive successfully as a secondary drive
The BIOS recognized the it automatically and reported the total capacity of 2 TB (actually 1.863).
Windows recognized it without problems and installed the appropriate drivers.
I then opened the Computer Management and used Disk Management to format the drive. Chose MBR (instead of GPT), 512 bytes cluster size and opted for a quick format as a single NTFS partition. Format was indeed quite fast and drive was ready for use.
Ran checkdisk, with surface scan, and no problems were found.
Copied some small files and other large files (1 GB movies) smoothly.
Thanks again and we can consider this message solved.