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upgrading to larger harddrive
hemicuda May-13-00 03:53 PM
I want to upgrade my friend's computer with a much larger harddrive. It has a EP-58MVP3C-M Motherboard. Bios is 4.51PG 6/29/1998. Apollo VP3 AGP/PCISet. 64 Meg of ram. AMD6(tm) 233 CPU. The current harddrive is Western Digital Caviar 31000. I think it is 1 Gigabyte. Harddrive is infected with a bunch of viruses and Window's 95 will only load in safe mode. My question is what will this motherboard handle? Any suggestions for harddrives in the 8 to 12 Gig Range? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Mike J.

1. RE: upgrading to larger harddrive
lbyard May-15-00 04:52 PM
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The WD AC31000 is a one Gig drive (1,083.8 MB to be exact). I would attempt to remove the viruses with anti-virus software and an up-to-date virus database, such as McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com/). You could clean that drive down to “bare metal” by downloading WD’s Data Lifeguard Online Diagnostics from http://www.wdc.com/service/lifeguard/dlg_welcome.html and writing zeros to the hard disk (see http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/diags/wddiag.htm -- I need to update that article; the screen has changed some). The old drive would be useful for doing disk-to-disk backups of critical user data with MS Backup (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/tips/index.html). The 58 board should support most 8-13 Gig hard disk drives. Lately, I have been using the Maxtor 8 Gig drives (http://duxcw.com/products/harddisk/harddisk.htm) at the low-end, but larger drives are available for not much more. The 58 board does not support ATA/66 drives in the ATA/66 mode, but most ATA/66 drives should work in the ATA/33 mode. I would download and upgrade the BIOS (http://epox.com/html/english/support/motherboard/bios/vp3.htm); but I’ll warn you that if there is a power outage, etc. while flashing the BIOS, the board may become inoperable and may have to be sent to a shop with a flash memory burner for repair. I recommend partitioning hard disks that are larger than 4.3 Gigs (see http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/upgrade/fdisk.htm). I would make the C: drive 2 GB on a 5,400 RPM hard disk and 4 GB on a 7,200 RPM drive. It takes very long time to defrag an 8 Gig partition. I am working on a rather comprehensive article on installing hard disk drives. Larry

2. thanks!
hemicuda May-21-00 01:56 PM
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i appreciate your excellent recommendations.
thanks for your help.

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