upgrading hard drive & new dvd/cd rewriter

  Ranger 19:15 12 Dec 03

I want to increase the hard drive from 7.8 to approx 80gb in my daughteer's computer. I also want to install a dvd/cd re writer in the tower (i have space). Got about £200 to spend. Any suggestions as to hardware & software to choose? My nephew will do the installation if I buy everything. Should I keep both hard drives?

  AndySD 19:33 12 Dec 03

If the motherboard can support an 80gig drive then the Samsung SpinPoint P Series @ £55.00 and the Asus CRW-5224A @£44 should do you well.

Yes keep the 7.8 drive but put it on IDE2 if you are just having the cr writer on this IDE.

  AndySD 19:38 12 Dec 03

Ooops DVD writer soory have a look here click here

  SEASHANTY 21:05 12 Dec 03

Sounds as if your daughters PC is an old one. Noted that the present hard drive is only 7.8GB. There is a limit of 8.4GB on older PC's limited by the bios. You may have to reflash the bios to get an 80GB recognised. click here

  Ranger 14:58 13 Dec 03

Thanks Seashanty.I only got the computer in Jan 2000. I'm running
Windows 98SE,
pentium 111 500mhz processor,
Surely it's not that out of date yet?

  Ranger 15:01 13 Dec 03

AndySD. Thanks for that. How do i know if the motherboard can support the increase in hard drive?

  SEASHANTY 15:47 13 Dec 03

With that spec of Pentium 3 500Mhz and windows 98SE it will probably support an 80GB drive. Just buy one of the most popular makes Maxtor, Seagate or Western Digital. They all provide Drive overlay software for accommodating larger drives if needbe. Buying an OEM drive you wont get the software so will have to download it to floppy drive from the drive mfrs website. If Maxtor, which I use, you will need MaxBlast 3 and I think the other one is Drive Diagnostics. There's two separate downloads anyway.

  hector 911 15:50 13 Dec 03

manufacturer site should be able to tell what your BIOS is capable of, look at your mobo for board version No.

BIOS support 8.4GB, 32GB, 137GB.

BIOS dates prior to Aug 94, 528MB
Feb 96, 2.1GB
Jan 98, 8.4GB
Jun 99, 32GB
hope this is of some help.

Western Digital 80GB SE HDD 8MB cache 7200rpm, with 3year warranty, or a 120GB slighly dearer.
both great drives.

  Rayuk 15:53 13 Dec 03

Pioneer AV06 DVD/RW retail at £99.88p
Maxtor 80Gb 8Mb cache 7200rpm £52.88p from
click here

Leaves you with enough spare to buy a little extra memory

  hector 911 20:40 13 Dec 03

BIOS dates prior to, for drive limit.

Aug 1994 528MB.

Feb 1996 2.1GB.

Jan 1998 8.4GB.

Jun 1999 32MB.

a bit easier to read....................


  hector 911 20:47 13 Dec 03

Oh !

from Overclockers.

MSI DR8-A 8X DVD + - R/+ - RW (8x speed write)
£81.50 +VAT.
this week only !

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