I have an Optiplex GX150 wiuth A09 BIOS. What is the maximum size IDE HDD I can put in it without a BIOS upgrade? If I was to upgrade the BIOS what BIOS would I need to upgrade to a 100 to 200GB IDE?
bios A10 has some good fixes in it, but either way you should be able to use a 120GB IDE drive. If you just need more space added, I would add a SATA card for Approx $15
The SATA card is a great idea. Didn't know they existed. However the GX150 doesnt have much room for an extra drive, in fact it is quite limited, therefore I would need to replace the existing 20Gb HDD. Could I use the SATA card via PCI to host the primary OS drive (ie C Drive), or is a host controller only to be utilised for a secondary drive?
Many Thanks for the input.
You can boot from an add-on controller.
BIOS option info below:
"IDE Drive Interface: enables or disables the system's integrated enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE) hard drive interface. With Auto (the default) selected, the system turns off the integrated EIDE interface when necessary to accommodate a controller card installed in an expansion slot. As part of the boot routine, the system first checks for a primary hard drive controller card installed in an expansion slot. If no card is found, the system enables the integrated EIDE interface to use IRQ14 and IRQ15. If a primary controller is detected on the expansion bus, the integrated EIDE interface is disabled. Selecting Off disables the integrated EIDE interface."
I never saw Dell docs show capacity's with Bios versions. Unless they had a specific problem and fixed it in a Bios release.