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Old February 6th, 2019, 03:49 PM   #1
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O.T. Old Computer Hard Drive Woe

Dear Sirs,
Can anyone think of any reason why an old computer would only work
with one specific hard drive in it?

I have four old machines, (Versamark Printers if you must know,) with old
PCs sitting on top of them. Number 3 had a hard drive go out. I re-imaged
a 'new unused' 250 Gig hard drive with an older image for number 3, dropped
it in and everything worked great.

These machines date back to 2007 . . and the computers on them are about
as old - Celeron processors and I believe the RAM in them was the same as
a Pentium III used. The necessary card slot is the black ISA type slot.

So I had the bright idea of making fresh ghost images of the other three
machines, and replacing the hard drives with new ones.

Machine 4 was the first one I tried . . . and it refuses to work with the
'new unused' 250 Gig drive. It refused to work with an 80 Gig, or a 40 Gig drive.

I looked at the BIOSs - all four machines have the same BIOS. The other ones
had the hard drive setting to 'Auto', number 4 wasn't. AHA, I say, I set it to
Auto like the other ones . . . . still not working.

It works fine with its original hard drive . . . will not work with any other
hard drive.

Any thoughts as to what might be wrong?
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