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160gb Hard Drive

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  1. jonuck

    jonuck Thread Starter

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    I received a 160gb Western Digital HD as a Christmas present and my dilemma is to successfully integrate this with my aging computer system. I would like some advice as to what checks I can undertake to ascertain whether this is indeed possible. I will welcome all suggestions.

    jonuck. :confused:

    Pentium 111. 500mhz.
    Win 98se,
    Award BIOS 1999.
    Abit BE6 M/B.
     
  2. photolady

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    If you update the BIOS to a new one, if available, you might get that drive to work. The problem is, win98 has a block on drives over a certain size and won't install.
     
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    Instead of a drive overlay, I would suggest either a bios update or [if that is not available] a controller card. IMO a drive overlay is somewhat like asking for problems.
     
  5. jonuck

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    Many thanks guy's for your response and I am pursuing all suggests. Have submitted my BIOS spec's for possible update and have researched the availiblity and cost of add on PCI controller Cards, a drive overlay is something I have not as yet fully researched but am working on it. At this juncture I am beginning to wonder if perhaps I should be considering an update of my whole system but I think I would miss the challenges that this old beast has thrown at me since 1999. Will report back as per progress.

    jonuck. ;)
     
  6. winbob

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    I understand that this has been said very often before, but I think that the evidence is "Anecdotal" and not backed by any meaningful STAT's.

    The reason that I say that is because my OWN anecdotal evidence says the opposite....go figure :rolleyes:
     
  7. crjdriver

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    I have had numerous instances of problems caused by drive overlays. When you move the drive to another system to backup data, it will not play well with other drives.

    Doing a clean install where a drive overlay was used can [and often does] cause problems.

    For the price of a controller card, [$25 or so from newegg] it is not worth the chance of having problems.

    I just fixed by brothers system a few days ago. He was trying to install xp pro. Guess what; a drive overlay was preventing setup from finding all of the drives on the system. Running maxblast and removing the overlay solved the problem.
     
  8. photolady

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    I too would stay away from drive overlays. My problems with them are tested and not a good test either. Best to get a PCI controller card as suggested by crjdriver, as many of my tech friends (you know those old guys who still run a computer from the Lost World) :D are using them.
     
  9. jonuck

    jonuck Thread Starter

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    "as many of my tech friends (you know those old guys who still run a computer from the Lost World) are using them."

    photolady, I resemble that remark. What you must understand is that old computers are like old cars and not easy to part with. Only kidding!.
     
  10. TheCableGuy

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    save money, for 200$ u can buy a new mobo, proc, RAM and case, it's not gonna be a killer machine but its gonna be MUCH better than your current system
     
  11. photolady

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    Actually, jonuck, so do I. I know it's hard to let go those old computers that have been reliable so far. And a PCI Promise card is a lot cheaper than $200 for a new system. :rolleyes:
     
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