Hi and Thanks! Whappo you said…
I’m not sure about the advice to remove jumpers to ‘refresh’ a hard drive.
What I meant was this,
I don’t care if I lose anything on the bigger 160GB Maxtor ATA 100/133, that’s why I was trying to find the mobo jumpers on the Dells’ 4300 Motherboard, to get rid of that annoying password prompt, so I could wipe/ reformat this 160GB, then install on the Compaq.
I know the Dell P-4(845) 4300 Memory max is 512 / PC133, Te Compaq 5011CL is 768 max,but only using PC-100 with a Celeron 1.2 CPU. I just wanted to use the 160 in the Compaq, since I broke off the Dell 4300’s CMOS battery clips,so now the battery is a little lose with two retaining clips left, so I figured since I already have WINXP installed on the Compaq, just add more memory and the extra 160GB for storage.
I already have a main self-build MSI Platinum Mobo, Intel quad 6600. 3.33 DDR Ram, 74GB WD Raptor(apps) and WD 500 HD for storage on board,then another 500GB WD External HD…just in case. using WindowsXP Pro, I was just looking for a backup puter.
I did not know I could reformat JUST THE 160GB using the Disk management in the Compaq, and keeping all the apps and storage already on the Compaq’s 80GB existing HD.
The Compaq I was going to use as applications, and the 160GB I was going to use as storage on the Compaq and then trash the dell 4300. This was given to me, so it’s an old puter.
Do I have to reformat both partitions on both HD’s, and re-install Windows,apps,data, and start over again on the compaq?
With the existing 250w power supply on the Compaq 5011CL,and current Motherboard, without flashing the bios, you think this would be a stable computer using as a backup and storage? I have never flashed anything in my life.
Again, thank you for your help.