[Cbsupport] Hard drive

Kylie Davies mailkylie at optushome.com.au
Sat Jun 12 08:42:02 UTC 2004

Hi Avery,

The maxtor drive will be able to have Linux installed on it.

QN: Does anybody know if there are any issues with newer hard 
drives on older type motherboards (ie PII class systems?).

If there are no issues, then, you could probably put the drive on 
the cable that your current hard drive is plugged onto (ie taking 
the other hard drive out), or, if you have another ide cable and 
connector - you could put both hard drives in. I don't think you 
can put the hard drive on the same cable even if there is space 
because the access speeds will probably be different. ??

Because I lack the expertise and knowledge to adequately advise 
you how to install the system so it has two disks... I encourage 
you to do it the easier way..ie one hard drive only (pending the 
answer to the question posed)...until we hear from some 'expert' 
help on the cbsupport list. ??

Word of warning: If you have a Compaq computer - they can be very 
difficult to work with when installing hard drives due to 
(sometimes) weird case fit outs.  :)

If you stick the new drive where the old drive is...you should be 
able to install Knoppix to the hard drive.

I will forward a guide (in draft form) for the installation of 
Knoppix 3.4 on Computerbank systems so that you can be better 

Cheers and hope this helps,


Deb&Max wrote:
> HI All
> Office works is selling  a Maxtor 80GB Retail Hard Drive Kit for $149 
> with Installation instructions for DIY.  It has an Ultra ATA/133 
> interfacing.
> I was wondering, If I bought something like this could I install it on 
> my Linux 2.3
> GB  and if so how like can I just follow th instructions.  As in would I 
> piggy back it or would I remove the other one and replace it and would I 
> need to reinstall Knoppix or what.  Or is it just beyond my means and 
> would I need to take the box into Computerbank and get them to do it and 
> can they deal with Maxtor.  I don't necessarily want 80GB, 20GB would be 
> plenty I was reading the Catalogue and saw this one and thought it a 
> good price.
> I think this is the site for more info
>> http://www.maxtor.com.au/_files/maxtor/en_us/documentation/data_sheets/diamondmax_plus_9_data_sheet.pdf 
> Of course other considerations are it is a Pentium 199MHz, Linux, using 
> reiserfs, kde 3.1.5,
> i586 with 128MB (PC 133 I think) SDRAM, Release 2.4.22-xfs and would you 
> need to change any of that?
> thanks
> Avery
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Kylie Davies
Victorian Branch Coordinator
Computerbank Australia Inc

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