New hard drive

  planckton 19:45 19 May 03

I have an old computer using a pc100 super socket 7 mainboard m577.

It has 128 mb of ram and a 300mhz chip. Runs winme

I want to upgrade thr hard drive. Can I just put any ide hard drive in or because of the age (approx 5 years) will I be limited.

I was thinking of purchasing aroung about 40gig running at 7200rpm.


  MartinT-B 19:53 19 May 03

You need to check with your Mobo manufacturer what size HDD your current BIOS supports. You may be lucky, but some have a size restriction - ie 30GB or something.

In order to put a bigger HDD in you may need to update your BIOS.

  DieSse 21:25 19 May 03

Whatever large manufacturers drive you get, (seagate, maxtor) there will be a utility to "fool" the BIOS into accepting larger disk drives. Look for Seagate Disk Wizard, or Maxblast.

  Diemmess 21:25 19 May 03

I think you will be OK provided you partition your new HDD into 2 or more < 20Gb drives. This is worthwhile anyway to allow more rapid disk maintenance - one (smaller)drive at a time!

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