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IT says I can't put 2 300gb 10k drives in my system but 2 160gb 10k drives is ok? What could possibly cause that?

IT says I can't put 2 300gb 10k drives in my system but 2 160gb 10k drives is ok? What could possibly cause that?

My stock system is a Dell Optiplex 760. Its got a core2 duo 8400 3.0 ghz. I have to do a lot of image processing which reads and writes 20-30 gb files to my hard drives. I requested two 300gb 10k western digital velociraptors. However my IT people have stated:

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Guest [Entry]

"I think the reason IT said that is because the spec sheet for the OptiPlex 760 [pdf] listed the largest 10K drive at 160GB. I suspect it is because that was the largest 10K drive at available at the time.

I don't know of any reason they/you couldn't put in larger aftermarket drive."
Guest [Entry]

Even IF the onboard controller doesn't allow for 10k drives > 160 GB (which i doubt), that could be remedied with a modern addon PCI SATA II controller.