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ATA Compatibility

by wskesler / March 17, 2004 10:45 AM PST

Will an ATA100 hard drive function in a notebook where the specs list an AT-5 hard drive?

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Re:ATA Compatibility
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2004 11:28 AM PST
In reply to: ATA Compatibility

"Will an ATA100 hard drive function in a notebook where the specs list an AT-5 hard drive?"

Unknown. Some laptops have no BIOS support for larger drives and some even take a narrow list.

To increase the chances of finding more information, tell the make/model of both the laptop and hard disk.


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Re:Re:ATA Compatibility
by wskesler / March 17, 2004 11:09 PM PST
In reply to: Re:ATA Compatibility

The laptop is a Compaq Evo 160, and the hard drive is a Hitachi 30GB Travelstar 14R8825 UATA100.

Thanks for your help.

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Outlook good.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 18, 2004 4:10 AM PST

The 14R8825 is 9.5 mm tall. That's good since some laptops would take taller drives. The drive is 30GB which is great since BIOS limits occured at 8, then 32GB and now 120GB sizes.

The Compaq Evo 160 came with a 20GB drive so the new 30 should work fine.


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Re:Outlook good.
by wskesler / March 18, 2004 9:44 AM PST
In reply to: Outlook good.

Thank you! Hate to push my luck, but I sure could use some ideas from you or someone on my driver conflict post on the Win 2000 board.



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Confusing post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 18, 2004 9:57 AM PST
In reply to: Re:Outlook good.

"The HP Latitude"

Hmm, I thought Dell had a Latitude model. When I see such posts I wait for a correction, but the error and posted information isn't enough for a "do-this" response.

If a guess is good enough, I would find the machines latest BIOS, update that, then check for latest drivers from its makers.

If they don't support Windows 2000, this may be why.


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Re:Confusing post.
by wskesler / March 18, 2004 10:26 AM PST
In reply to: Confusing post.

My mistake...responded on the Win 2000 board.


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