Knowledge Base Article
Subject: MP975 Hard drive configurations and upgrades
Model: MP975 BIOS Ver: n/a
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Created: 03/24/00 Modified: 10/12/2020

2.5" x 17mm (max) EIDE

Note that some newer drive models (mostly Toshiba) require the system to have the later core logic and the latest BIOS.  If you use a drive which is not compatible, you will get a "hard disk 1" failure message during boot.  The requirements for these newer drives are the same as the requirements for year 2000 compliance.  Check the Y2K information page, if your computer is Y2K compatible, it will also be compatible to these newer drives.

The hard drive is located on the bottom rear of the computer.

  1. Turn the computer off and remove all power sources.
  2. Turn the computer over.  On the bottom the rear section is raised. One side has fan vents and the other is solid.  The solid side is the hard drive.
  3. Slide and hold the release latch located almost directly in the center of the bottom of the computer.
  4. While holding the latch, slide the hard drive towards the fan vents.  Once the drive slides over you can lift the drive upward and remove it.
  5. The assembly that you remove is the drive mounted inside a carrier.  There are 3 screws which hold the carrier together.  Remove these screws and remove the metal casing.
  6. The hard drive mounting has 4 main pieces.  The bottom plastic, the connector frame, the spacer plate, and the top metal case. Remove the spacer plate and unplug the cable from the hard drive.
  7. Connect the cable to the new hard drive.  The driver should have the same side up.
  8. Place the hard drive and connector frame into the bottom plastic piece.
  9. If you are using a 12.5mm high hard drive, you must place the spacer plate on top of the hard drive.  DO NOT Place the spacer plate under the hard drive as this will likely short out the drive and possibly damage the drive and the mainboard.  If you are using a 17mm hard drive, you will not use the spacer.
  10. Place the top metal case on top of the mounting. Note that the metal will go inside all molded tabs in the bottom plastic.  If you do not get this correct, you will have trouble either inserting the screws or trying to lock the assembly into the computer.  If done correctly, there should not be much tension on the screws.  If you have to crank the screws down, chances are that the assembly is not together correctly.
  11. Insert the driver assembly into the computer.
  12. Boot the computer and press CTRL+ALT+S to enter the setup.   Go under Exit and select Default Settings.  After loading defaults, select save and reboot.
  13. Boot from a DOS boot disk and run the 0vmakfil utility to create the suspend to disk (S2D) partition.