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In my years of experience with computers, and there are a lot of therm, I have never had a problem with an IDE or E-IDE drive being substitutable with another drive. On a PC, you had to set the CHS parameters or the LBA mode to match the geometry of the drive in the BIOS, or allow it to search for them. Newer IDE drives report their configuration when requested by the IDE interface - no matter what is on the other end of the interface, as long as it meets industry standards.
All of the 'Frankenstein' creators have reported exactly zero problems when changing drives. That I can remember, and I have read most, if not all, of the posts since last fall. The only concern is power, and inherent heat dissipation. If you check the specs, most all of the drives are pretty close.
Personally, I would have no problem swapping in a different drive, as the embedded firmware doesn't care as long as it finds reasonable parameters that (apparently) are under the 500Gb limit.