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Replacing a hard drive

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Hi,

I had a Packard Bell Platinum 4200 model desktop PC at the end of 1999.  Recently, the original 20 GB hard drive failed and I now need to replace it.  Are there any applicable restrictions when choosing a new drive (considering the age of the computer etc.)?  What capacity HD would it be able to take, without problems?  Would it be necessary to make any BIOS changes to recognise the new HD?  Also, would the new HD be compatible with the recovery CDs that came with the computer?

Thanks in Advance,

Richard
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Hi Richard,
I checked Packard Bell site, and there was no bios update shown as available, but if you input your serial number, it will show more available updates, which may include the bios update. http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?pn=P180100501&g=2000
If there is no update available, there are a few options to use a larger hard drive:

---PCI Controller Card - is the best solution if bios update is not available

---Partitioning the drive into smaller partitions, you'll have to slave the drive to a system that can recognize it to make the partitions.

---You also have an option of a software overlay which is a low level write to the drive, which tricks the bios into thinking it is whatever size the bios will recognize, then expands the full drive capacity for the operating system to use.  You should have this software on the disk that came with the drive, otherwise, you can get it from the manufacturer's site.
This is the easiest solution, but least desireable, as you may have trouble in the future if you need to remove the overlay.
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BTW- The best thing to do is first look for a bios update, then get the drive size you'd like, and test it on the system. If it's not properly recognized, try the other options.
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Hi,

Thanks for your comments.  I'm currently looking into it.  If you have any further comments, please feel free to post.

Best Regards,

Richard
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Hi,

Thanks a lot for your help.  I managed to get the new drive working and installed the OS back from my PB Master CDs.  I still have a few issues remaining, which I have posted as separate questions:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21810158.html
https://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21810160.html

Best Regards,

Richard
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