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By leaundrae ·
Hello,
I don't know very much about computers could any one please help. I have a Compaq Presario 1800 xl 190. It is P3 and has a processing speed of only 696 MHz. I would like to install a 60 gig hard drive. Would a 60GB hard drive work in my computer. If so which hard drives are universal, how can I find out if a certain hard drive will be compatible with my computer.

Thanks,
Leaundrae

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by BFilmFan In reply to Need to install a larger ...

Yes it will support a 60 GIG IDE hard disk.

If the BIOS is set to auto-detect the drive, it should automatically be discovered. You would need to merely format the drive with the operating system you are using, which I am assuming is Windows.

If you are not comfortable putting a new drive in your system, get a local computer tech to install it.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Need to install a larger ...

As B Film Fan has aid you shouldn't have a single problem fitting the drive. All you'll need to do is jumper it right so it can be seen by BIOS. Generally the Cable Select option is the best and fit it to the IDE cable and plug in the power.

Just one thing here a 60 GIG HDD is an odd size now days they are 40 or 80 GIG with the current new ones and go up to 400 GIG. Here at least it is more economical to buy an 80 GIG HDD as there are only a few $ difference between the 2 sizes and you get much better value for money with the bigger drive.

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by wlbowers In reply to Need to install a larger ...

Yes a 60 gig IDE drive will work in your computer.

My picks in order best to last. Yea for those that are going to say something, there is one not in my list. I don't think much of those. Too many failed drives

Western Digital
IBM/Hitachi
Seagate
Fujitsu

Lee

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