Hard drive configurations and upgrades
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.
- Turn the computer off and remove all
- 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.
- Slide and hold the release latch
located almost directly in the center of the bottom of the computer.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Connect the cable to the new hard
drive. The driver should have the same side up.
- Place the hard drive and connector
frame into the bottom plastic piece.
- 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.
- 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.
- Insert the driver assembly into the
- 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.
- Boot from a DOS boot disk and run the
0vmakfil utility to create the suspend to disk (S2D) partition.
KEYWORDS: UPGRADE UPGRADES HDD HARD