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Replacing a hard disk

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I've got a Pentium 166 with a hard drive that seems to have gone bad. When I run scandisk the directory scan hangs somewhere around 3% or 4% complete. I'll probably have to get a new hard drive. How difficult is it to install one and what is a reasonable price and a good source?
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Its pretty easy to change a hard disk. All you have to do is unplug the IDC connector and power connector off your old one. Unscrew the drive and reconnect the new one using the same steps in reverse. The two things that usually go wrong is the jumper settings on the new disk are incorrect or the connector is inserted the wrong way round.  Both of these are pretty easy to fix.

Once the disk is installed, all you have to the is auto-detect it in the bios, to obtain it size, and then the disk should be usable.

The type of disk and size of disk you buy will affect its cost. As to where to buy it that depends on which part on the world you live in?
 

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I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (Near Silicon Valley). What is a reasonable price for a 4 gig hard disk?

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There are at least a couple factors to be taken in consideration when buying a new hard disk:-

1) Make sure you buy an ultra DMA or ultra ATA drive. Even though most new drives fall into this category some hardware unscrupulous suppliers may try to palm you off with an older drive. Your current machine may not have support for DMA, but if you ever come to upgrading your motherboard you wouldnt want to be lumbered with a slow hard disk.

2) Make sure you buy one with an access time of less that 10 ms (the average time taken to find something on the disk)

I would say, I wouldnt like to pay more than about $140 for a drive like this.

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If your hard drive is still working, Just all "crapy", Look on the internet for a demo (or if you want to buy) a program LIKE "Norton Disk Dr." Programs like these can fix bad sectors, etc. and are more powerful then the ordinary windows scandisk ("Dos" scandisk is better then Windows95 scandisk. Try that as well)
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