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Hi. is it alright to install a 2.5 gig hard drive  with a  p-75 133 mgz motherboard
my bios are from 1975. i understand if your bios are to old it is not wise to install a large hard drive
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Odds are that if you have a Pentium-75 with a motherboard that can upgrade to a 133 that the BIOS isn't from 1975.  You might be seeing a copyright or something else.  If you buy the HD (Hard Drive) new from a computer store and you follow the directions in the box you shouldn't have any problems.

Most likely the HD comes with software which enables the computer to access the HD.

If your computer is actually a Pentium 75 however, I wouldn't install the software as your computer probably will support the HD with no problems.  Just install the HD following the directions and then press the "del" key (or whatever your computer says to get into the startup or BIOS) when the computer is starting up.  Choose that option that says something like "automatically detect IDE drives".  Then save and exit, follow the directions in the box to partition and format the drive.

Thanks,

Trevor.
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by:filmbuff
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thank you. does the p-75 before the 133 mgh that come up on the screen, mean its a pentium 75? thanks again
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thank you. does the p-75 before the 133 mgh that come up on the screen, mean its a pentium 75? thanks again
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Hmmmmm..  Well I am not too sure there.  Either it's a Pentium 75 or 133 or equivelent.  If the computer is less than 3 years old then you shouldn't have any problems.  
If it is older then that you can still use the it if you install the software that comes in the box. (ie. Maxtor Hard Drives have software with them called "Max Blast" which allow older computers to access them.)  So either way you will be able to use your new hard drive on your computer.

Unless the computer is really really old.  If you bought it more than 6 years ago, I would say don't bother. :)

Trevor.
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