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    Upgrading Hard Drive

    Yeah I know, in computer years she's getting old, but my PII 266 meets most of our needs and I've already boosted the RAM. I'm considering adding a Maxtor 40 Gig 7200 RPM drive as my original 10 gig drive is nearly full. Any problems / suggestions with this? Can Windows 95 recognize & handle a 40 GB drive?

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    Re: Upgrading Hard Drive

    Windows 95 can handle it. What you need to concern yourself with is the system BIOS. I haven't seen a large hard drive these days that doesn't come with a floppy disk that allows older systems to access the entire drive. It does so by "hooking" into the BIOS. Use the floppy to set it up and you should be fine.

    You will most likely notice a big difference in performance with a 7200 rpm drive, also - so happy <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>ing!
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    Re: Upgrading Hard Drive

    Thanks for the reply. What's the best way to proceed . . . set it up as a slave? I'm really hesitant to get into doing a reinstall as I've done so many upgrades, Y2K patches etc. Would you advise setting up partitions? I'm considering giving Linux a try as a second OS.

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    Re: Upgrading Hard Drive

    When you install the drive using the diskette that came with it, it will offer to copy everything over for you. At the same time, you can select partition sizes. Personally, I would opt for a clean install, but if you don't want the hassle of doing it all over again, by all means copy it. Can't blame you there.

    You can move your data files out of the main partition, but not program files or Windows. Moving those would break many of them beyond all recognition. I keep "My Documents" on a separate partition from the OS and Program Files when I set up a PC so that I can wipe and reinstall if I need to, and then changing the location of "My Documents" is fairly simple.

    Have fun playing with Linux. You will definitely want it in its own partition.
    -Mark

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