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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 6:24 am:   

I'm thinking about maybe buying a new hard drive, between 40Gb-60Gb. so i was wondering does it matter which type of processor you have?
Because at the moment i have a Pentium 2 400mhz and i will soon be buying a Pentium 3 450mhz too, will a 40gb+ hard drive be compatible with such old procesors? will it effect the performance of the computer? if so in what way? and also which hard drive would you recommend? im willing to pay up to £80...

thanks for you help!
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 8:00 am:   

It's really not a matter of CPU speed, but a matter of whether or not the Bios will recognise the large harddrive properly, I should think that with either system you install it in you should be O.K. but you never know until you try, either way if you have trouble you can ask for help here.
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 10:50 am:   

thanks for your reply.
The Pentium 2 has an Award BIOS, at the moment i have a 6gb hard drive with 128mb of ram...
do you think if i installed a hard drive with say 20gb could be installed without any problems?

the pentium 3 has a 8 gb hard drive, i dont know what type of bios it has...
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 11:26 am:   

Most of the hard drives for sale today should work fine with your system. Just be sure not to enable ATA 66/100 transfers unless you are sure that your mobo will support them.
As E.S. mentioned, it is possible that your BIOS will not recognise the HDD properly. If this happens, most HDD manufacturers include some kind of drive overlay software to get past the restriction.

Good luck !
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 5:51 pm:   

Look into bios flash upgrades as well sometimes new code is added to recognise large capacity drives. Don't use the overlay software if you do not have to. Check out model numbers of motherboards and what chipset each motherboard uses and post back here and I can give you some more information.
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 1:35 am:   

i have 2 HDD in my pc, one of them is seagate(20GB),
now 20GB is detect as 4.1gb and full of free space in win98,this problem shows after the installation of norton,how to i get the datas?
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 11:41 am:   

Sorry I didn't see your post sooner sastha. Is your Seagate HDD properly identified in the BIOS?
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 10:55 pm:   

You may have somehow created an extra partition that uses the balance of disk space leaving only the 4.1GB partition that is active and formatted. You should run fdisk and check what partitions are on the drive. It is possible that all you will need to do is format the 35.9GB partition then it will be recognised.

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