Extra Drive Bays
Partitioning and Formating the Drive
Based on an email communication, at least one person was able to add a second harddrive to a Compaq Presario 7474 - 60G formatted as 3 partitions.
Raw Notes - New Years 2002
Compaq Presario 5451 Series CM0204 Gigabyte - GA-5SMM motherboard Award BIOS - 1.2D 1998I tried all the standard combinations - Master, slave, with and without the CD drive.
In every case, the system simply refused to boot.
Well, I search www.compaq.com for help - lots of adds, but no technical data.
On the gigabyte site, I found information indicating that Compaq had intentionally modified the BIOS so that only a single hard drive would be supported.
Specifically, the available BIOS options to detect the IDE drives were missing on the Compaq, but they were shown on the Award site.
So, now the question is
I have no idea how to make the rest of the drive visible - perhaps I should run FDISK.
The software which came with the hard drive indicated that the BIOS would not see more than 8 GB. However, when I went to install the Maxtor fix, it specifically said that Windows 98 would not have any problem seeing the entire drive.
At this point, I lost access to the machine and was unable to continue.
Compaq Presario - 5451 Series CM0204 Gigabyte GA-5SMM Mother board Award BIOS 1.2D 1998Tried all combinations on the 2nd IDE port
It appears to have custom BIOS - the hard drive settings shown on the Gigabyte site (pdf Manuals) has many extra settings, including those to configure the IDE ports. This computer was (is) missing those options.
It appears the Compaq intentionally modified the BIOS to never allow a second hard drive to be added.
It appears that a BIOS upgrade is needed to allow 256MB DIMMs
The Compaq site seems to be good for advertisements only. I was not able to find any technical data by searching on the model numbers or the motherboard number.
Please let me know if you have had a different experience with this machine.
PS - I have installed second hard drives in other Compaq systems.