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I have a dead hard drive on a Compaq 7470.  It was a 20 gig.  I have a new WD80 gig drive.  I used the software to format it and restarted with the win98 startup disk as per instructions.  Then I put the compaq cd in but it will not install.  It just restarts after choosing system restore from the compaq cd.  Do I have to flash the bios to accept the larger drive.  Please help with detailed instructions.
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by:Callandor
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First, you have to make sure the WD80 is jumpered correctly.  If the drive is on the cable by itself, it should be jumpered as Single.  If you have a second device on the cable, it should be jumpered as Master.

Second, your Compaq 7470 is very old, with an ATA33 controller.  It will probably not recognize an 80GB drive, or will only recognize 32GB of it, and will not make full use of its speed.  You can look for a BIOS update, but that motherboard has an AMD K6-533, which may not have BIOS that can be upgraded (flashed).  Put the original drive back in and identify it with Everest to see what motherboard it is: http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=3
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by:kimscpu
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The drive is completely dead it won't even power up.  Should I just purchase a 20 gig drive?
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If you want to just get the system up and running with the least trouble, a 20GB drive would be the safe route.
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Thanks - I purchased the 20GB drive works like a charm.  I appreciate your info on flashing the bios.  Glad I didn't go much further.
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