Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Hard Disk Confusion
- On 4 Dec 2003, at 23:35, David Vergin wrote:
> I've been shopping for a new hard disk for my Inspiron 7500.Sounds like the dimensions are turned around. The dimension with the
> Question 1:
> The "universal" drives sold on many sites are described as 2.5 inches
> *long*. The hard disk accessable by unscrewing two screws on the bottom
> of my machine is 2.5 inches *wide* and 4 inches long (or 4.25 including
> the connector).
> Is this going to work? Does the shorter case just sit in the tray with
> room to spare? Are the dimensions turned around?
pins at one end should be the longest, as you say.
I believe all "universal" laptop drives have the same length and width.
The height can vary, 9mm or 12.5mm or thereabouts. Just make sure if
you opt for the 12.5mm size that it'll fit.
> Question 2:Haven't a clue, sorry...
> The Dell support line told me the BIOS on my I7500 can only handle hard
> disks up to 30GB. I asked about a BIOS upgrade. He said they sell them
> but it wouldn't help with the hard drive max size. I'm afraid he just
> wants to sell me a new machine.
> Can anyone confirm or debunk the claim that the I7500 has a max hard
> disk capacity of 30GB?
- On Fri, 2003-12-05 at 20:45, Sean Gibbins wrote:
> Check out the release notes for the various BIOS upgrades.I have found this page:
> If it ain't in there I guess you'll just have to take their
> word for it.
But I cannot find anything I would call "Release Notes" that offer
information like max hard disk size supported.
Is there another place to look?
- On Fri, 5 Dec 2003 09:42:05 +0000
Peter Hayes <pedroh@...> wrote:
> > Can anyone confirm or debunk the claim that the I7500Check out the release notes for the various BIOS upgrades.
> > has a max hard disk capacity of 30GB?
> Haven't a clue, sorry...
If it ain't in there I guess you'll just have to take their
word for it.
- --- In email@example.com, David Vergin <dvergin@i...>
> On Fri, 2003-12-05 at 20:45, Sean Gibbins wrote:http://support.dell.com/FileLib/Format.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&Category=1&OS=NAA&OSL=EN&SvcTag=&SysID=INS_PNT_P03_7500&DeviceID=450&Type=&ReleaseID=R23189
> > Check out the release notes for the various BIOS upgrades.
> > If it ain't in there I guess you'll just have to take their
> > word for it.
> I have found this page:
>David, The issue of maximum hard disk size that the BIOS can handle
> But I cannot find anything I would call "Release Notes" that offer
> information like max hard disk size supported.
> Is there another place to look?
is only valid if you are running an inferior operating system that
uses BIOS calls to access the disk. Linux does not. All you need
to worry about is that your Windows partition (if any) and your
Linux boot partition are below the BIOS limit. Generally, if
you buy a big hard disk, you will find pre-boot software so that
Windows can deal with the big disk, but there is no need for it
on a Linux system.
When I put a large hard drive on a dual-boot system, I put the
windows and boot partitions under the limit (often 32 GB,
sometimes 8GB, smaller in the early days) and put the linux
partitions higher. No problem.
- Am Samstag, 6. Dezember 2003 19:15 schrieb myronsussman:
> but there is no need for itI cannot agree without a small limitation.
> on a Linux system.
It's right that Linux does not limit the disk size to 30GB.
But on a older machine, I had to tell the BIOS not to care
about the second hard drive. Fortunately, there was such an
BUT: If you cannot tell the BIOS not to care about the new
hard drive, you will be unable to start linux, and this way
be limited to 30GB.
Gruß / regards
SuSE 8.0 on a Dell Inspiron 8200: