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Old 05-09-2015, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default 1TB drive, 2 logical drives on it

I have a HP slim laptop in a box. It uses laptop memory and wireless and a laptop hard drive. 500 gig hard drive, to be exact. I got this for cheap to use in the office. So before I get rotated back home I want to beef it just a little.
I want to know(and I should know this but it's late) if I get a 1TB drive and partition it off in to 2 logical drives on another machine, once installed on the target machine, will the bios see it as 2 500gig drives? Or will it see one 1TB drive with 2 partitions?

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Old 05-09-2015, 04:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1TB drive, 2 logical drives on it

The bios will see it as one drive.

---------- Post added at 06:48 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:45 PM ----------

Also here are the specs if you haven't already looked them up HP Support document - HP Support Center
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:11 AM   #3
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Default Re: 1TB drive, 2 logical drives on it

Windows disk management (and therefore logical drives, partitions, and such) are only active within Windows it's self, the BIOS only sees the actual hardware, so it will show you the hardware name of the drive and it's overall capacity only as BK Said.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:41 AM   #4
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Yeah I had already checked the specs and the tech's service manual. Neither gave what's the largest drive you could install other than the biggest drive it came with is a 500gig. The bios doesn't give any clues either. So that's why I asked.
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Default Re: 1TB drive, 2 logical drives on it

That is interesting. The limitation can come from the hardware, The file system your hard drive is using and the OS.

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Hard Disk Drives Capacity Limits | Hardware Secrets
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The HD and optical drive are sata 1.
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