Advice needed about installing a new HD in 98se?

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rongrover
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The Hard Drive on my 98se PC is starting to make a few clicking sounds. As it is only a 40GB and getting full, I could do with changing it with at least 80gb.

Is it ok to just take out the present HD and replace with a new HD and reinstall 98se on it.
When I have done that, to than just reload the programmes I use most?

Now is the real point. If I put the old HD back, I do have a spare connection, can it than just be used as a second HD for the programmes on it??

All the best, Ron.

Spready
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Joined: Apr 28 2001

This is what I would do!

Take out old HD, place new one in and then boot from floppy. Format and fdisk the new HD. Reinstall windows.
(if you are unsure of the Format and Fdisk operations then there are loads of instructions available on the net.)(Also if you haven't got a boot disk - one can be downloaded also from bootdisk.com)
You now have a nice clean windows. Install virus software etc and then your ISP (if going online with it!)
Download all patches/updates etc.

reinsall all your fave programs.

Turn off PC!!!
Once your system is all hunky dorey set your old HD's jumpers for slave (pins at back of drive)
Place in Tower and plug in power and slave IDE cable etc.

Boot up PC. It should now be found and recognised by windows as a D: drive. You can now format this drive from within windows I THINK - I May be wrong!

You can now use this drive!

Hope that all makes sense and if anything is wrong - I apologise but all that is off the top of my head!

Spready

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All sorts of kit....but never enough!

rongrover
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Joined: Jun 1 2002

Thanks Spready. I have just realised that my CD/DVD Rom is not working as it should ie will not play or start anything and locks up the system when I try.But I can use the DVD RW as Rom if I have to. Maybe it is that that is making the noise? but if so I don't know why because it is not being used when the noise happens.

Regarding replaceing my HD, thanks for what you have said. However, I do have a Maxtor One Touch External HD and after reading the manual I see I can do it with this by using its software Retrospect, but hope I dont have to, in which case I will just add a second HD.

All the best,Ron.

jimmy the jock
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Ron......you are now saying that you are not sure where the noise is cominf from? Check the fans for both your PSU and the fan on your cpu as these can become very rattily over the years. The psu unit could well be connected to the failure of your cd rom too so I would start by checking the fan on that!

plettner
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Joined: Sep 6 1999

If it's a clicking noise it may well also present a slow Windows 98. I.e. if the hard drive is clicking it can mean the heads are not reading the info on the platters right and the heads will try a number of times to read that data. Windows can momentarily "lock" as it waits on the harddrive to get the info. The will get worse and worse. CD-ROMs can also click but it's more like a light "bang". You could unplug the CD and run the system sans CD to determine noise. Yo say the CD locks the system but again try without the CD ROM plugged in.

rongrover
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Joined: Jun 1 2002

Thanks everyone. So far today I have not heard the noise. It mainly happened yesterday (the first time I heard it) when I was very active printing off articles (for about 3hours) on the intenet.

I have not tried a CD today yet, but the CD/DVD ROM did plaay a DVD!!!! Will try a CD later.

Thanks, Ron.