I need help. I recently aquired a Sony Vaio with a bad hard drive. I am wanting to replace it, but don't know how to determine what type I need. The harddrive in the system is manufactored by Quantum. I have a NewEgg account and would like to spend under $100 for a new one. This Vaio has a pentium 2 in it.
I assume this is a desktop, and not a laptop? Let me know if I am wrong.
If the processor is a PII, it is probable that your BIOS may have some limitations on how big a drive you can handle. However, I doubt that there are special requirements, other than it being an IDE drive. You may have to use something called a drive overlay for the machine to be able to use the whole drive. Or, in the alternative, you can install an IDE controller card and bypass that limitation that way.
How much storage space are you looking for?
The new IDE hard drives tend to have fairly long warranties-3-5 years. Folks here like Seagate, I have a few Samsung, etc.
I would most likely install windows xp. I plan to give this computer to my sister who recently had a baby. She plans to put pictures on the computer and print out copies or make disks. What do you recommend for storage capacity?
The amount of ram is a factor. XP should have 512Mb, even though low-end systems are sold with 256Mb.
Your PII will have a limit of 128Mb or 256Mb per slot, depending on the motherboard, specifically the chipset on the motherboard.
Your PII would use a Slot 1 style cpu, and would be limited to a faster PII. PIII's switched to a socket 370 format. Early PII's used a 66MHz front side bus (fsb). For example, 4x66= 266Mhz. Later ones used a 100MHz fsb, eg. 3x100= 300MHz. Some of the early PII boards only had the 66MHz fsb and can't use the later 100fsb cpu's.
You can download and run a free utility called Everest Home Edition which will identify most of the components in your system. There's a link in one of the sticky posts in the General forum, or just google the name and the word "download."
Tell us the model of the chipset on the motherboard and/or the motherboard model or Vaio model, and how many ram slots it has and what's in them now. Which PII cpu you have now would help.
Intel pentium Ii with MMX technology. This is a very large chip approx 3x5 inches in size. it plugged into a card style slot with bar clamps to hold it in place. The numbers on the side are 80522px233512 SL264
The mother board has 7 slots to plug into and only 2 are in use. 1 is the modem and the other is the video card
The 233 was the first, and slowest PII, and used the 66MHz fsb. It's quite possilble your motherboard may have the LX/EX chipset that lacks the 100fsb needed for the 300 and later cpu's.
The LX will be limited to a max of 128Mb per slot, as is the early BX. The late BX can take 256Mb per slot. And the sticks of ram need to be low density, basically more smaller capacity chips on the stick. For 128, 4 chips is high density, 8 chips is low.
Try and run Everest and get the chipset info. It will also tell you what ram you already have.
No, the 512 in the number is the amount of L2 cache, in kilobytes. Cache acts like RAM, but only the processor has access to it.
As for what hard disk to get, go with something small, maybe 20-40GB. I say this because older motherboards have limitations on how large (storage capacity) the drive can be. Other than that, the HD just needs to be IDE. A 7200rpm drive will be the fastest.