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« on: January 19, 2004, 09:35:13 AM »

I have an old IBM pc with a bad hard drive.  I want to buy a new (and bigger) drive to make the machine usable again.  The hard drive originally in it is a Quantum Bigfoot 5.25" 4.1 gig.  Can I use any brand of hard drive?  I know I can get brackets if I buy the smaller 3.5 kind and I wanted about 20 gig.  Am I likely to have compatibility problems?

Many thanks - as you might guess this is my first upgrade attempt!

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2004, 02:20:59 PM »


You can use any 3.5" hard drive but you may have a size limitation by your BIOS. Install the new drive and then go into the BIOS Setup (probably <F1> or <F10> on bootup) then try to auto-detect the new drive. If the full drive capacity is not seen, then you will have to either find a BIOS update that supports large drives or use a Drive Overlay (Disk Manager) which should be supplied when you buy the hard drive. The drive overlay software will write the hard drive parameters (cyl, sec and head) to the drive and the translation will be done by the overlay instead of from the BIOS.

The best way is to have the BIOS hold the drive parameter because a boot sector virus could wipe the overlay and the whole drive's contents (data)

Let me know the model of your IBM and I will see if there is any BIOS update or if it will work without the overlay software

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