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Re: HardDrives

Save yourself the trouble and buy a new computer. Upgrading old hardware is such
a pain. This drive will most certainly NOT work in your 486.

1) buy an all in 1 motherboard that is confirmed to work with a drive this
large, only buy the all in 1 if you NEED video and don't want to use a PCI
2) buy 32 megs of ram for $14 ( see pricewatch ). or more as the machine will
have the horsepower to do HTTP, FTP, Mail, DNS, everything
3) transfer video and nic if possible
	else, buy linksys etherfast netcard for < $20 ( better than a dec tulip,
it uses a liteon chip that is faster and easier to program than the dec
tulip. just as good as the 3c905 )
4) buy a new case
5) use old 486 for MAME

I am a big fan of microatx motherboards and cases... On pricewatch look for
"<your processor type> micro atx"

like "celeron micro atx", "duron micro atx", "k6 micro atx"

my DNS server is a motherboard mounted on a piece of plexiglass with only a
power supply, ram, a flash disk and nic. Once the system is setup you can just
pull the video card out.

For information on hd compatiblity see


They used to have a much more detailed description but this should suffice.

**always check with the computer manufacturer for support of drives larger than
8 gigs and 31 gigs** I have some 80 gig drives and they don't work in a lot of

On 8 Nov 2000, Brooks Davis wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 08, 2000 at 09:09:29AM -0800, DAve Goodrich wrote:
> > I need to get a large hdd for my wife's file server, a 486, it's old but 
> > battle hardened. She found this drive, a Maxtor UltraDMA. Seems it would 
> > work fine but I just want to be certain it's not 'too new' to work on 
> > older hardware.
> All modern drives are going to pretty much have the same issues.  May
> 486's can't handle more then 512MB or 2GB in later systems.  There's
> also another barrier around 34GB IIRC.  The issues are really going to
> be specific to the PC in question.  You may want to consider an IBM
> disk because they have jumpers which allow the drive to report it self
> with a lower capacity or different geometries to improve it's
> compatability.  If you're ever going to put the driver in a modern
> system, you'll probaby want to avoid Maxtor disks.
> -- Brooks
> -- 
> Any statement of the form "X is the one, true Y" is FALSE.