I have a Dimension XPS Gen 3 and was trying to install a new harddrive this weekend - I know my comp is a bit old (10/2004) but it still runs great. I currently have two HDs - a 74GB WD and a 160GB WD that came with the computer. The motherboard has 4 SATA ports but when I put in a new 1.5TB Seagate harddrive, it did not see it at first. When I moved around the SATA cables and attached the new drive to the "1" SATA port, it read it just fine and I was able to format it and everything but then it did not see the second 160GB drive. What am I doing wrong. Do I need a driver update or am I limited to 2 HDs? The existing HDs were connected to the "0" and "1" SATA ports. Is there something I need to switch around on the motherboard to activate the "2" and "3" slots (the "3" was not labeled from my initial inspection).
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I will be checking that when I get home from work today. I did not check that at all.
I am looking for some tech info on how much storage space I can cram in the Gen 3. I am going to keep my raptors and replace my 400 sata with a seagate 1.5 tb. I was then going to enclose my 400 sata (external case) and use a external sata connection to main board. Can this machine except 2tb of hard drives on its sata bus? ... or am i limited in my storage capacity?