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Shelby281

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I do have an old Toshiba 205CDS that my mother used to use it and now that I need it for college, I have to make sure it's capable of my stuff.

It comes with 814MB HD and a 16 MB. 98SE installed and an Office 2000. Still fast and still have space but not that much. The HD I think gave up.

I'm thinking of replacing the HD to a more capacity HardDrive 4+ and upgrade it to 32MB. I do have the 32MB and still on process of bying the HD. What should I do? I do not have important files to save and I do have a DOS Disk and a 98Startup disk.

I like the laptop because it's my mother's and it's not that fancy as out there. As a matter of fact, students are poor right?

Any suggestion please.
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Shelby

What stuff were you planning to do on it? I assume the 16 Mb was the RAM. It's not a lot, you'll be limited to older windowses. But that isn't a problem unless you want to run the newest of the new.

Replacing a laptop harddisk is usually expensive. The smaller harddisks are probably not even available anymore. So if you're going to buy a new one, see who's within your range of cost and has the highest bits-per-money unit ratio.

You have the drivers disks too ? If you can't find them, try to figure out what hardware you have and whether you can find drivers on the net.
You have the office disks?
If you have all you think you're going to need, you can reinstall.

Success. :tazz:
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If I can add...talk to your University IT department. If a requirement of your education is that you connect to their network, they may require a more modern operating system.

Note: I said REQUIREMENT. Most do not require it.

If you DESIRE it, though, they may mandate a certain OS (likely windows xp).

That said, I still have older systems than that that work fine
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That's right, gerryf. I did checked my school and they require at least 98 OS. Also, I am not planning to install a internet (maybe someday). I have a PCMIA card and a cord for internet but I am not thinking of that at this moment.

I do have the 32MB RAM and I will install it as soon as I get the 6GB HD
that I found online. It will cost me $79.99.

So, after I replaced both memory and hardrive, will it change the performance? Which operating system would you guys suggests?
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Get it online! Just have the back up (Spybot, virus protection etc..)

I would say 50% of my university degree was researched online, and at some unearthly hour as well!!
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XP will run on 32 Mb ?
6 Gigabytes still doesn't seem like a whole lot. But I guess Laptop-disks are more expensive. Your larger memory will improve the performance a little bit. It will have to swap less.

I'd say, go for the leanest, most option-stripped OS you can find. No wasting of processor-cycles on dropshadow cursors, start-menu fade-ins and more of that nonsense. I guess '98 is okay. If you had that running on it before, keep it.
ME wastes too much on looking pretty. XP... I don't know anything about XP, all I have seen of it were fancier GUI still... ( which was why I didn't use it... )

Spike is admirable... I know more people who pissed away their degree by being online too much. :tazz: Hanging in bars is safer... Eventually your money will run out and they will kick you out of the bar ( after which, out of boredom, you start studying again ;) )

Success ;)
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Ok Ojo you got me, i'd say 5% on the net 5% in lectures and then 90% bar/pool/pulling

Well it was the life, still 2:1! Get in there!
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No, XP will not run on 32mb...Windows 98 will, though.

But $70 for a 6gb harddrive?!??! 6? I hope you meant 60gb
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Yah, sounded a bit expensive to me too...
But after looking around a bit...
$39 for 6Gb (compatible?)
Toshiba's however still hang around the $100/120. ;)
Terrible. Does your laptop have USB ?
With the incredible difference in prices I'd go for the system on my internal harddisk, and all data on a huge disk, via USB.

But that's kind of off topic. You already ordered the drive.

Spike, I spent most of that time high on fixative, pot, live models and heavy metal :tazz:
Fortunately, for art, that's allowed.

( Not that I ever got really good )
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$79.99 for a 6HD. I didn't buy it yet and if you guys can suggest a website to buy, I would consider it.

Also if I happen to have the new HD and my 32MB, after I replacing the old ones, any procedure for me to do before installing a 98?
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Shelby, can you tell us the model number of the drive you have? All notebook drives are not the same dimension
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It says here on the HD:

Disk Drive: MK1926FCV
HDD2517 B ZE01

Is that it?
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Yes, the MK1926FCF is the indication of the model.
It's a Toshiba. Hope you find something compatible
and affordable.

Good luck!
Ojo :tazz:
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http://cgi.ebay.com/...ssPageName=WD1V

$19 on Ebay
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