large drive with 503+

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    Can hard drives larger than 8.4 gig be used with an FIC VA503+?


    Alan

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    , Apr 25, 2005
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  2. student Guest

    wrote:
    > Can hard drives larger than 8.4 gig <<< be used with >>> an FIC VA503+?
    >
    >
    > Alan
    >


    I've been running a 20GB drive off a Promise Ultra100 pci controller card
    for the past couple of years. Works like a champ. Also, there was
    discussion here
    about running a 133Mps burst rate drive about a week ago. If you've been
    using 33Mps burst rate drives, you are in for a pleasant surpise if you
    upgrade to 133Mps (or even 100Mps).
    student, Apr 25, 2005
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  3. Kyle Guest

    Yes, but you will need the most recent je3333 BIOS (I think this is
    the correct number). This BIOS supports drives up to 127Gig, I
    believe. I use a 20 Gig drive on my 503+ using the onboard IDE
    interfaces.

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    Kyle, Apr 25, 2005
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  4. Guest

    In <Bw3be.16247$>, on 04/25/05
    at 10:21 AM, student <> said:

    >> Can hard drives larger than 8.4 gig <<< be used with >>> an FIC VA503+?
    >>


    > I've been running a 20GB drive off a Promise Ultra100 pci controller
    >card for the past couple of years. Works like a champ. Also, there was
    >discussion here


    So a second party controller is required?

    >about running a 133Mps burst rate drive about a week ago. If you've been
    >using 33Mps burst rate drives, you are in for a pleasant surpise if you
    >upgrade to 133Mps (or even 100Mps).



    The situation is that I have a 503+, and old case, and some other
    hardware, and I'm thinking of putting together a second computer and
    networking with the one I'm using. I don't think small drives are
    available now, save for used, so I wanted to check if large drives work by
    asking my question above.

    Thanks for the replies, to you and everyone who answers.


    Alan

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  5. student Guest

    wrote:
    > In <Bw3be.16247$>, on 04/25/05
    > at 10:21 AM, student <> said:
    >
    >
    >>>Can hard drives larger than 8.4 gig <<< be used with >>> an FIC VA503+?
    >>>

    >
    >
    >> I've been running a 20GB drive off a Promise Ultra100 pci controller
    >>card for the past couple of years. Works like a champ. Also, there was
    >>discussion here

    >
    >
    > So a second party controller is required?
    >
    >
    >>about running a 133Mps burst rate drive about a week ago. If you've been
    >>using 33Mps burst rate drives, you are in for a pleasant surpise if you
    >>upgrade to 133Mps (or even 100Mps).

    >
    >
    >
    > The situation is that I have a 503+, and old case, and some other
    > hardware, and I'm thinking of putting together a second computer and
    > networking with the one I'm using. I don't think small drives are
    > available now, save for used, so I wanted to check if large drives work by
    > asking my question above.
    >
    > Thanks for the replies, to you and everyone who answers.
    >
    >
    > Alan
    >


    As Kyle rightly points out, you can connect 33Mhz max burst rate
    hard drives directly to the mobo, but almost any drive you buy today
    is rated at 100-133Mhz max burst rate, so it would be a huge waste to
    run it at 33Mhz m.b.r, especially when you can pick up a pci ide
    controller board that will handle 133Mhz for about $15. The key point,
    as Kyle said, is that you have to upgrade the BIOS. I don't know if all
    the bits and pieces you need to do that are still available on the FICA
    website but if not I am sure someone here will be happy to supply you
    with them.

    Bill
    student, Apr 26, 2005
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  6. Robert Akins Guest

    Upgrading your BIOS to JE4333 will give you up to 136GB hard drives with
    your onboard VIA ATA33 controller.
    Robert
    <> wrote in message
    news:426d6857$1$nynaurff$...
    > In <Bw3be.16247$>, on 04/25/05
    > at 10:21 AM, student <> said:
    >
    >>> Can hard drives larger than 8.4 gig <<< be used with >>> an FIC VA503+?
    >>>

    >
    >> I've been running a 20GB drive off a Promise Ultra100 pci controller
    >>card for the past couple of years. Works like a champ. Also, there was
    >>discussion here

    >
    > So a second party controller is required?
    >
    >>about running a 133Mps burst rate drive about a week ago. If you've been
    >>using 33Mps burst rate drives, you are in for a pleasant surpise if you
    >>upgrade to 133Mps (or even 100Mps).

    >
    >
    > The situation is that I have a 503+, and old case, and some other
    > hardware, and I'm thinking of putting together a second computer and
    > networking with the one I'm using. I don't think small drives are
    > available now, save for used, so I wanted to check if large drives work by
    > asking my question above.
    >
    > Thanks for the replies, to you and everyone who answers.
    >
    >
    > Alan
    >
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    Robert Akins, Apr 28, 2005
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