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Re: [hard drive] I have a new 160GB HDD coming.
I did a BUNCH of testing tonight with a spare PC at work, three Promise IDE cards (with both old 28-bit and new 48-bit BIOSes), GParted, and a couple of XP SP3 installs . I didn't try copying a ton of data onto it though, I can try that if desired.
Putting tl;dr first, XP only seems to care about what the driver that is loaded can handle. This includes the setup portion (in turn, additional drivers loaded via F6/floppy or slipstreamed via nLite are important) as well as after the OS is installed. From what I can tell, any BIOS addressing limitation is irrelevant. I would highly recommend to do any partitioning on the drive in the XP setup though.
Looking up specs on the D500, it appears to be a first-gen Pentium M system, with a 855GM/ICH4-M chipset pair. I would imagine it should be able to cope with a bigger drive. At the very least, the included chipset driver in XP will address past it.
I have much more that I can write about this, as well as pictures that I took, but I'll hold back on that unless someone wants me to post it.
Then I guess it is a state of test and see.
Although I had an old desktop DELL now that you mention it off a friend, with similar age and vintage that handled a 200GB drive well with no issues. Laptop, I'm not so sure.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke
I wish I had a similar laptop and a spare large drive to test with. The closest thing I have is my work laptop, a Latitude D410 with a 320 GB IDE drive and Windows 7. It works perfectly.