Warning: check your notebooks BIOS B4 HD upgr

m - Jan 14, 2009 at 08:47 AM
xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Jan 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM

I have been told by someone that the bios might ristrict me from getting a larger hard drive. I want to up grade to a toshiba 400 gig.

I have a:
Model: HP compaq Presario V2615 US Note book
* Windows XP professional 2002 service pack 2
* System Boad ID: 3097
* Processor Speed 1800 MHZ
* System Mem: 2048
* Bios Version: F.24
* Serial Number CNG6101VW7
* UUID Number:2092614F2B8BDA11 8C6E001636330855

* CPU Type:1.8GHz AMD mobil Sempron (tm) processor 3000+ with power Now!(TM) technology

and 128 Kb L2 Cache (1.8 GHz)

* Windows vista capatable
* 14" WXGH high Defintion BrightView WIDESCREEN DISPLAY
* Possible hard drive is a Toshiba 60g Model #MK6025GAS; 60 GB hard drive
* Orginal ram: 512MB DDR SDRAM ( 2 Dimm) upgraded to 2048 gig as shown above
* ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M IGP Chipset WITH -128MB video memory shared
* 54G (tm) 802 11 b/g WLAN with 125HSM/speed booster (tm) and broadRAnge (tm) support
* DVD +R/RW and CD/RW combo drive with double layer support
* 1.79 GHZ, 1.87 GB of RaM
* Physical Address Extension

System Memory Specifications :

* Bus Architecture PC Card (PCMCIA)
* Hard Drive Bus Ultra ATA/133
* Native OS Windows XP Home Edition SP2
* HDD Comments 160.0 GB

Just an FYI I found somewhere else: It said:"check your notebooks BIOS. Many laptops have a 128GB barrier which means that if you cannot upgrade your machine's BIOS, you're gonna be stuck with 120GB drives".

System Memory Specifications
Standard Memory 512 MB (removable)
Maximum Memory 2.0 GB
Memory Expansion 2 sockets
Memory Comments PC2700 DDR SDRAM SODIMMs

I am interested in a hard drive upgrade to: toshiba MK3252GSX 400 GB hard drive. It spins a pair of
160GB platters at 5,400rpm with an 8MB buffer and 12ms average seek time over a 3Gbps SATA

Would like to put two hard drives in. One for operating system and programs and the other for space

hog files for a total of 800 GB of storage.

Would like to know if the system is AWE capable.

Would like to know how to image the hard drive to switch hard drives.
Would like to know how to copy existing system drivers.
Can one image a hard drive to an external hard drive? Or does one need to use DVD's?

Please advise.

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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,833
Jan 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM
A SATA 300 drive probably will NOT work or will not be faster if it does work.
Does this laptop have internal space to two drives? Only a few laptops do.

This site has specific info on upgrades for your model that do work. They have data transfer hardware packages and imaging programs also: