Re: Seagate 60GB ata100 7.200 rpm for Award Modular BIOS v4.51 PG?

Re: Seagate 60GB ata100 7.200 rpm for Award Modular BIOS v4.51 PG?


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Posted by Henry on January 28, 2002 at 18:36:04:

In Reply to: Seagate 60GB ata100 7.200 rpm for Award Modular BIOS v4.51 PG? posted by Jose on January 28, 2002 at 16:19:14:

: Hello, I have bought a new hard disk for my computer: a Seagate 60GB ATA100 7,200 rpm, and My computer is a PIII 450. These are my BIOS settings:
: BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51 PG
: BIOS Signom : 02/09/1999-i440BX-DD-2A69KD42C-00
: Chipset: Intel 440BX/ZX rev 3

: The problem is that the system doesnīt recognize the hard disk, many people have told me I have to update my BIOS, but Iīve never done this before; I donīt Know
: where to look for a new version for my BIOS, and I donīt Know if this is going to be the solution for me. Could anyone help me and support me?
: Thanks


GOOD to be wary - a BIOS update might fix your problem (might not)- but there is always the risk that you will misflash and corrupt your BIOS (CAN usually be recovered).

The place to find a free BIOS update, Release Notes and update instructions is the mainboard maker's web site. If no typos in your BIOS ID String it appears that your mainboard was made by DFI at:
http://www.dfi.com

Be certain you get the RIGHT BIOS update for YOUR mainboard; if you use the wrong update you will corrupt your BIOS. If the power blinks you will corrupt your BIOS so use a UPS or Battery Backup Unit if you decide to update your BIOS.

Read the BIOS Release Notes - if a solution for your problem is not listed it IS NOT included; you have nothing to gain and your BIOS to corrupt if you "update" anyway.

If you need to figure out your mainboard model number just follow the motherboard ID article at:
http://www.pcnineoneone.com

Finally, if there is no BIOS update solution OR if you prefer to avoid the BIOS update risk - just use an ATA/66 card (about $20 USD at Fry's Electronics); it work fine. If you have money to waste you can get an ATA/100 card (about $40 USD) or ATA/133 card (about $80 USD) BUT you WILL NOT notice any better HDD performance (your HDD, NOT the interface is the limiting factor). The numbers are the rate, in MB/sec that the HDD unloads the onboard cache (2 MB); after the cache is empty data are transferred at the Sustained Data Tansfer Rate of your new drive - and that varies depending on whether the HDD is reading from the outermost cylinder (fastest track) or the innermost (slowest track). The Sustained Data Transfer Rate for your HDD is a lot less than 66 MB/sec. Read the Specification Manual for your HDD if you want to know what its capabilities and limits are.

Hope this helps,
Henry




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