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Adding a second Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by monroefamily, Dec 5, 2001.

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  1. monroefamily

    monroefamily Thread Starter

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    HELP PLEASE!!!

    I am running 64MB-10 GIG-WIN 98 2nd addition on a gateway desktop. I need to know if the avg do it your selfer can add an additional hard drive to their existing system. If so what would be compatible with mine? And would I have to install a 2nd operating system or could I run it off my existing drive C?

    If someone could offr some advice I would greatly appreciate it!!
     
  2. Monk_

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    Adding a drive is actually very easy if you are not afraid to open your PC. Any good quality drive will work fine, what you select depends on your needs and budget, I prefer Seagate but there are other good brands. Before you start please give a little more info: is there a CD, CDR or Zip drive on the system now? Do you have the documentation that came with your PC, specifically anything showing you the layout of the Mothereboard? It isnt critical but can be helpful if you can refer to a manual to locate the Controller that you need to attach the new drive. You may need an additional IDE cable.
    As far as the OS is concerned, Win98SE on drive C is your OS. Any additional hard drive provides added storage so it does not require it's own OS.
    Post back and I am sure you will receive plenty of good information from the folks on here.
     
  3. monroefamily

    monroefamily Thread Starter

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    Well- I do have a dvd drive-a zip (100) drive and a 31/2 flopy drive and a cdr rw drive but it does not write (i installed it myself ) so I am probably lucky it even operates at all. I am not sure about my motherboard. Is there somewhere on my system that will tell me? I am very grateful for your reply!

    I actually have enough pace to add another drive to my system......at least on front(?)

    As you can probably already tell I am not the most technically informed about my system but I AM WILLING TO LEARN!!!

    As far as cost I would need a reasonably priced hard drive. would a external one be easie/cheaper?

    THX AGAIN!!!
     
  4. angel

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    Based on what you said you have now (1. Hard drive, 2. dvd drive, 3. zip drive, 4. cdr rw), it doesn't sound like you have any room for another drive. You would need to purchase an add-on controller card.
     
  5. Monk_

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    I agree with angel, 4 is the limit for onboard controllers. When you look into buying a drive also look for an Ultra-ATA controller card, they really improve hard drive performance almost to the point of SCSI. With that card you can run both hard drives and leave to onboard controllers for your CD, DVD and Zip drives.

    www.outpost.com
    www.warehouse.com
    www.pcconnection.com

    can give you ideas of cost for both.
     
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