Anyone using a 80gig HDD on a BX mobo?

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#1

I am intending to purchase a 120GXP IBM 80gig capacity HDD. Due to my mobo chipset being a bit outdated, I am a afraid that the full capacity might not be detected via the bios.


#2

Windows 2000 and Linux can overcome BIOS limitations on harddrive size. XP might but I wouldn’t know. 2000 scans for hardware itself and pretty much ignores the BIOS. As for linux, its just super. and super complicated. but super.


#3

My i440BX mainboard (MSI MS6163 v1.0) detects HDDs of 80 GB and works properly with them, but of course, it supports only UDMA 33.
So I bought an additional UDMA 100 controller to fix this.

Is your data so unimportant that you want to store them to an IBM?


#4

Hey alexnoe,

I have an Intel 440BX2 Mainboard and a 40GB UDMA 100 hard disk. My hard disk operates at UDMA33. Have you noticed any performance increase after getting the ATA 100 controller? I know its theoretically faster, but does it have any practical benefit?

I may consider getting one then.


#5

The linear rate was 20 MB/s @ UDMA33, and 32 MB/s @ UDMA 100.

BUT: I changed from 2x UDMA33, both of them on one channel, to 2x UDMA100, one channel for each…

I’d say, the bootup was faster after this upgrade (while makeing a Raid-0 from these HDs didn’t make bootup any faster in comparision to using them as single HDs in UDMA 100 mode).

But overall performance is about the same (note that I do not need or really use a swap file, due to 768 MB RAM), with a better speed when copying large files (because now, each of my 5 ATAPI devices has its own channel)


#6

Originally posted by alexnoe
[B]My i440BX mainboard (MSI MS6163 v1.0) detects HDDs of 80 GB and works properly with them, but of course, it supports only UDMA 33.
So I bought an additional UDMA 100 controller to fix this.

Is your data so unimportant that you want to store them to an IBM? [/B]

You make it sound as if IBM has a high failing rate. :bow:

Overall, its performace is pretty good and the RMA procedure is a snap.