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03-16-2007, 10:47 AM

i have an old computer,its was woking good until the hardisk[4 gb] broke
then i got a new hardisk[15 gb] but the bios couldnt detect it.

do i need to put any jumpers in the mainboard or in the harddisk?

or maybe the computer is too old for the new hardisk?

03-16-2007, 12:52 PM
IDE or scisi, just how old is this computer? You're talking about 4 gig harddrives.... that would kinda date your computer back to about 1998, the time of 300MHz cpus.

Ice Czar
03-17-2007, 04:30 AM
the surefire cure is to employ a PCI card, it will use a SCSI driver that youd load during the install (F6) as a SCSI interface (even for IDE drives on a PCI card) there are no BIOS HDD size limitations, you could hook up a 200GB drive (or a few TB array :p )

read these to try to sort your mobos BIOS limitation
a BIOS upgrade is the "elegant" solution, if its available and you can find it

if the mobo's so old it doesnt have PCI slots, you could look to ebay for either ISA SCSI (http://search.ebay.com/ISA-SCSI_W0QQfrppZ50QQfsopZ1QQmaxrecordsreturnedZ300) or IDE controller cards (http://search.ebay.com/ISA-IDE_W0QQfrppZ50QQfsopZ1QQmaxrecordsreturnedZ300), make sure to research thier driver availability and what OS version the drivers are supported for, generally they can be had for a song + shipping


you might note EIDE listed on some auctions its just another name for IDE, both are properly called ATA
but they do come in different interface speeds (see link below), in fact depending on the motherboard's native controller and what slots it has (PCI vs ISA) you might be able to upgrade the IDE interface speed and use a modern HDD to substantially increase disk performance cheaply (most of that would come from a modern drive rather than the interface)
if you elect this route and need help PM me

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