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20GB Hard Drive Installation

By memurf1 ·
I have a Compaq Deskpro Pentium II, 233Mhz processor with a 3GB Hard Drive and running 98 on it. What do you have to do to install a 20GB hard drive with or without the 3GB drive that's already in there? Or would it I be better off with just the 20GB drive alone.

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by cnlson In reply to 20GB Hard Drive Installat ...

depends on if you have a plain drive or a drive kit.
if the drive came with a floppy you may have more options.
1) to keep current config. jumper 3gig drive as master and jumper 20 gig as slave. boot computer into bios and verify that both are seen. if not make certain that slave on primary controller is enabled. you can format hd in windows but may need to fdisk it from msdos prompt. make certain that it is the 20 gig drive not the 3 gig that you fdisk to create the new partition. then in windows open my computer and right click on new drive (probably d) and choose format. any programs which access the cdrom drive (some office programs dvd player if you have a dvd drive) will need to be reinstalled so they can see the new drive letter for the cdrom/dvdrom
2) if a floppy came with the drive you should have the ability with the software on the drive to :fdisk/format the drive and also to copy your old 3 gig hd. at that point you could set the 20 gig as master 3 gig as slave and setup the 20 with th efloppy and copy the 3 gig. then if you take the 3 gig out everything works just as it did before. you could then use the 3 gig as a backup drive from time to time.

(if this is what you want to do and you have a bare drive with out the floppy, DRIVE IMAGE by powerquest can do the same thing)

good luck.

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by maxwell edison In reply to 20GB Hard Drive Installat ...

You could do either - install the 20GB as the only drive or use both, with either one as a slave.

What I'd do, however, is this: I'd install the new 20GB drive as the new primary master, on which I'd reload Windows 98 from scratch. I'd do this because the new drive's performance specifications are better, and the new drive's RPM is faster, thus the access time is faster. I'd get better performance using that newer and larger drive. In addition, I'm a proponent of occasionally reloading the operating system anyway (especially Windows 9x), thereby replacing files that may have become corrupt and/or "full of junk", so to speak. (If you feel comfortable installing the operating system from scratch, of course.) And, of course, I'd reinstall my applications.

I'd then install the old drive as either the primary slave or secondary master (and set the jumpers accordingly, of course). That way I would have easy access to all the data files I've already created. It would be quite easy to move them from an internal second drive.

I would most likely keep that second drive exactly as it is - with the operating system intact. That way, if my new primary drive were to prematurely fail, I could then simply go into my BIOS, select D-drive as the first boot device (and with a PII, I believe you have that option), and I could boot up on that older D-drive, thereby having quick and easy access to all my applications and (especially) my data.

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