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type of IDE hard drive for upgrade

By mary ·
I want to add a hard drive to an older
computer with the following
specifications:
80 MB RAM
32-bit
1.01 GB drive
59 MB free
Type of HD = generic IDE
Controllers = IDE/ESDI

I'm looking at a Western Digital Caviar
5400 RPM EIDE. Would this work, or do I
have to find one that specifies IDE, not
EIDE?

Thanks.

Mary

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by jctech In reply to type of IDE hard drive fo ...

If the PC is Pentium class, it should have no problem with the Enhanced IDE (EIDE) drive. But if it is more than a year or two old, you may have a problem with detecting anything larger than 8.4GB unless you upgrade the BIOS. And if the OS is earlier than the later version of Windows 95, you will have to break the new Hard Drive into partitions of 2.1GB or smaller, since the older OS operates with FAT16 and is limited to 2.1GB partitions. I hope this helps and isn't too confusing ;-)

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by jctech In reply to type of IDE hard drive fo ...

Maxtor also has drive overlay software called MaxBlast, and Quantum has Disk Manager software that serves the same purpose for the older systems that won't detect today's larger hard drives.

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by mary In reply to type of IDE hard drive fo ...

Great, thanks!

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by frank.vrba In reply to type of IDE hard drive fo ...

In addition to jctech's answer. All the new drives that I've seen for a while now are ATA 100 of higher. You will also need to modify that with the program disk that came with the drive. You do not need the 80 wire cable that came with the drive if you re-configure the drive to a lower ATA specification.

The Western Digital program disk also provides a drive overlay program called EZ-BIOS that lets you use larger drives then your BIOS would normally allow.

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by mary In reply to type of IDE hard drive fo ...

Excellent. This helps me know
what to expect when the drive arrives.

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