How can I know if my laptop will support 2 tb of internal hard drive?

I’m contemplating on upgrading my hard drive , I have 1 tb internal hard drive but how can I know that my laptop will support it?

Here is my system configuration

inxi -Fxz                                                              ✔ 
  Kernel: 5.10.202-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
    Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.9 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Inspiron 15-3567 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Dell model: 0FGN4M v: A00 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Dell
    v: 2.10.0 date: 05/10/2019
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 20.8 Wh (81.9%) condition: 25.4/41.4 Wh (61.2%)
    volts: 15.9 min: 14.8 model: SMP DELL GR43778 status: discharging
  Info: dual core model: Intel Core i3-6006U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Skylake rev: 3 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 3 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 500 min/max: 400/2000 cores: 1: 500 2: 500 3: 500 4: 500
    bogomips: 16006
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Device-1: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520] vendor: Dell driver: i915
    v: kernel arch: Gen-9 bus-ID: 00:02.0
  Device-2: Sunplus Innovation Integrated_Webcam_HD driver: uvcvideo
    type: USB bus-ID: 1-5:2
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.9 driver: X: loaded: modesetting
    dri: iris gpu: i915 resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
  API: EGL v: 1.5 drivers: iris,swrast platforms:
    active: gbm,x11,surfaceless,device inactive: wayland
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: intel mesa v: 23.1.9-manjaro1.1
    glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 520 (SKL GT2)
  API: Vulkan v: 1.3.269 drivers: intel surfaces: xcb,xlib devices: 1
  Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
  API: ALSA v: k5.10.202-1-MANJARO status: kernel-api
  Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.22 status: off
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 1.0.0 status: off
  Server-3: PulseAudio v: 16.1 status: active
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Dell driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0
  IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell
    driver: r8169 v: kernel port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
  IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB bus-ID: 1-8:4
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 761.45 GiB (81.7%)
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LM035-1RK172 size: 931.51 GiB
  ID-1: / size: 97.87 GiB used: 59.43 GiB (60.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 511 MiB used: 312 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda2
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.59 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
    dev: /dev/sda3
  System Temperatures: cpu: 37.0 C pch: 35.0 C mobo: 35.0 C
  Fan Speeds (rpm): cpu: 0
  Processes: 220 Uptime: 4h 5m Memory: total: 8 GiB available: 7.64 GiB
  used: 2.99 GiB (39.1%) Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 13.2.1 clang: 16.0.6
  Packages: 1529 Shell: Zsh v: 5.9 inxi: 3.3.31

Hi @Char,

I find checking the laptop’s specifications are generally a good idea. From:

It would seem the maximum supported here is 2TB. I don’t know if that’s a hardware or software limitation, but that’s according to Dell themselves.

Hope it helps!


And, according to this:

You should be fine with 2TB. Max though. (For msdos partition table, anyway.)

Oh Thank you! yes indeed it did help

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your bios is from 2019 so it is 100% capable of using uefi and gpt. there should be no limitation of 2.2TB that had been in the past due to the 32-bit sector-size limitation. both, windows and linux support disk-space larger than 2.2TB.


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