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Hard Drive Failure

  • 25-07-2003 10:26pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 2,553 ✭✭✭


    Not sure if I'm on the right board, but can't really see anything more suitable. (Mods please move if incorrect)

    A friend of mine has just been on to me to tell me his hard drive has packed up.

    All I know about his machine is the following:

    Dell Dimension (Built around DEC 98)
    333 Mhz
    64Mb Ram
    Approx 6 Gb hard disk
    Windows 98

    He has a backup of anything important and isn't too pushed about recovering data, but he wants me to try and get a new hard drive for him.

    What type of drive will suit him or will todays drives still be compatible? I presume it's an IDE, but maybe somebody could confirm this for me??

    Also, are there any other issues that could affect the choice?

    Hoping you can help me out here guys



  • Registered Users Posts: 255 ✭✭Meadows

    dont worry
    just get anything aslong as its 3.5 inch and IDE
    you should be safe enough getting just about any size :D

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,553 ✭✭✭wolfman


    Thanks a million. Just wasn't sure if the newer drives would need faster processors etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 333 ✭✭Virus_Inc

    Some older BIOS versions have issues with large capacity drives - that can be fixed with a bios update usually or if it's not the primary drive win2k/xp will pick it up even if the BIOS has ignored it. :)

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,553 ✭✭✭wolfman

    Well he's probably going to go for a 30 or 40Gig drive and reinstall Windows 98

    Do you think that should be ok?

  • Registered Users Posts: 333 ✭✭Virus_Inc

    Should do, the BIOS issues I'd encountered were with old slot-1 P2 boards and 80Gb HDDs. Have a look up on the manufacturers website - the updates will tell you what problems they resolve.

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