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Replacing a failed hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by golfer2, Aug 6, 2003.

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  1. golfer2

    golfer2 Thread Starter

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    I am serviceing a four year old IBM Aptiva with a failing 8 GB hard drive. The maximum size hard drive that this machine can accomodate is 10 GB because of addressing limitations. Unfortunately, the smallest hard drive I can find is 20 GB. Is this a viable substitute? What problems can I get into and what precautions do I need to be aware of? Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.
     
  2. brianF

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    If you can't get a bios update to increase the hard drive limitation the next best thing would be to use the overlay software from the hard drive manufacturer, this will bypass the limit and should allow you to install the drive at full capacity.

    Bios update would be preferrable, check ibm's site first
     
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