Re: Puting a new hard drive in

Re: Puting a new hard drive in

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Posted by Henry on September 18, 2001 at 16:32:17:

In Reply to: Puting a new hard drive in posted by Charles Wilmarth on September 13, 2001 at 19:54:15:

: I have a system board Model No. MB-8500TAC-A
: and I would like to know it I can put DiamondMax Maxtor Model 90841U2 On this systen board The one that is in the computer is a Seagate Model ST31276A the hook ups look the same can you help me with this Thanks Charles

Both of your drives are "standard" IDE type drives so they will fit your PC machanically and electrically - be sure and set the jumpers in accord with the maker's instructions and make sure the data cable has the red stripe on pin 1 at both ends. Unfortunately, it IS NOT quite that simple. You have an older mainboard and the BIOS may not recognize the full capacity of your new HDD - IF it recognizes the HDD at all (about 8.4GB) - and it probably will not run the drive at its maximum speed (ATA/66 I think).

Typical BIOS HDD size limits have been 0.5, 2.1, 8.4, 32 (33.6) and 128 GB. You may be lucky enough to have a BIOS that supports your new HDD. If not, I'd suggest getting an ATA/66 - about $20 US (or ATA/100) expansion card which recognizes HDDs up to 128GB.

So the answer is YES, you can use the new HDD but you MAY need a new ATA/66 controller to use it.

Good Luck,

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