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Packard Bell Legend 300 cd, 60mhz: will it work with usb card?

By paulnkathy ·
My Freind has a Packard Bell Legend 300 cd,60mhz that he will not give up. I am supposed to back it up weekly but it doesn't have a usb port. Can I safely install a two port usb card in his machine without burning it up? The data on his machine really is irreplaceable.
Paul
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Only if both OS and board support it

by Slayer_ In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...

Your probably better off using a network connection, or dare I say it, floppy disks?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...

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Out of date machine

by mjd420nova In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...

No, I don't think that machine will support any USB at all, not even USB 1.0. The only approach might be as suggested, through a network back up.

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HDD probably isn't all that large

by seanferd In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...

backup to CD, though networked backup is probably your best bet.

If you must, slave a small HDD into the system for backup (if you can find one), but that could be damaged by anything that takes down the system.

Or get a tape drive - I put a Colorado Backup drive in my 3550.

edit: Just for fun, check out this upgrade story (second post):
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/8774/upstory/pb520r.html

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CDRW

by Werewolfmage In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...

cd Burner would be the way to go in a old machine. Is he still using the old 420 mb hard drive. i used to own the same machine.

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Zombies alive and well, I see

by robo_dev In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...
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Drive Tray

by TheChas In reply to Packard Bell Legend 300 c ...

My favorite solution for performing a backup on most systems is to install a removable drive tray.

All you need is an open 5.25" drive bay, and a second frame to use with the backup computer. You can even use a USB to IDE adapter to connect to the second frame.

Or, you could install a slave drive in the removable tray and perform a disk to disk backup. If you install a second drive in a tray as a backup slave, make sure to use a cable select IDE cable and set both drives to cable select.

As to installing a USB card, does the computer have PCI slots?
Is the OS at least Windows 98 SE?
If the answer is no to either question, you cannot install a USB controller.
Even if the system is running Windows 98 or Me, you may have trouble finding a USB card that has a driver for the older OS.

Chas

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