Fitting a 20GB disk to a very old PC

  Philshar 13:25 20 May 04
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I was recently asked to get an old PC (Escom P60) back up and running for a friend. The old Hard Disk was Knackered. I removed it and Replaced with a 20GB western Digital. After much mucking about the system saw it but will only format to 504MB. The Bios needs updating but AMI say they can't supply an upgrade. Whats the options?

  buscrew 13:33 20 May 04

Sometimes the disk comes supplied with an application to overcome BIOS limitations, have you got a CD or Floppy from the makers, if not try their website.

  Smiler 13:36 20 May 04

As buscrew sya you need a disc overlay facility and they are usually supplied on line by the manufacturer of the disc. What make is it?

  stlucia 13:43 20 May 04

Long time ago I used MaxBlast to solve a similar problem. It wasn't a Maxtor drive I was using, but it did the job. Try click here

  Stuartli 13:46 20 May 04

Doesn't really seem much point in getting the system going in the first place - you might be able to get a more recent mobo at a computer fair that will still be useable in the system.

Escom P60 systems seemed to have used Asus mobos - perhaps keying in the motherboard model number into its Support pages might help:

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Award bios pages at:

click here (can help identify motherboard etc)

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  Stuartli 17:40 20 May 04

Why not stick the 20GB HDD in this Cyrix MII 333Mhz Processor £50 system - and that includes a 15in monitor?...:-))

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It will probably be superior to the Epsom.

  Philshar 18:43 20 May 04

Thanks to you all for quick response, WD software utility fixed the problem. In particular Stuartli for the heads up on Cyrix MII, cheap back up system.

Thanks

  Echo1 01:15 21 May 04

We have an old Celeron 333mhz, would a 20gig hard drive work on that? I have 2x10gigs in there at the mo.

The BIOS is the original '98 setup. And I haven't a clue how to update it.

Thanks

  Echo1 01:28 21 May 04

You managed to get a 20gig Hard Drive working on a P60, Philshar? Damn, I might see if I can get a 20gig working onmy (even older) P200mhz, in that case.

  Stuartli 09:11 21 May 04

I have a 400MHz Celeron installed on a five-year-old Elite P6BXT-A+ mobo (Intel CPU replaced Cyrix 166+ that was preceded by a Pentium 100); HDD sizes have gone up from 1.7GB through 6.4, 20 and now 60GB WD Caviar Special, whilst RAM has risen from 64MB to 128 and now 256MB.

OS has progressed from Windows 98 to 98SE and now XP Pro - the Award Bios has never been updated, but everything works as it should, so it has been left alone....:-)

In fact the only reason the Bios would need to be updated is if I want to use a faster Socket 370 or Slot1 CPU - the P6BXT-A+ was the first board in the world to feature both types.

  Stuartli 09:14 21 May 04

PS

A P200 would be much faster than a P60!

The latter was around from about 1995 and the P200 around 1997 onwards.

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