View Full Version : Hard drive compatibility

09-09-2000, 08:51 PM
I trying to find a hard drive that is compatible with a vb-601V motherboard and before a spend my money and find out i just screwed up i want to be sure that the hard drive i buy will work properly. The mother board has 2 EIDE ports and is rated as using Ultra DMA-33. Im finding that it is difficult (and expensive) to find hard drives with this rating online so i was wondering if it would be okay to use an ultra ATA-66 hard drive with this motherboard. I tried to find some more info about it and the readings seemed to suggest that the newer HD types were downward compatible but they would only run at their rated speed. I wasn't sure though so i figured i should get some advice.

Charles Kozierok
09-10-2000, 12:45 AM
You should have nothing to worry about in terms of UDMA/33 vs 66 or 100. The "faster" drives will run on UDMA/33 motherboards; at most you may need to tweak a setting using a utility made by the hard disk manufacturer.
Now, I just read at www.fic.com.tw (http://www.fic.com.tw) that there apparently is some issue with some of these boards and UDMA/66. This may be the issue where the drive needs to be 'tweaked' so the BIOS doesn't get confused by the "too fast" speed of the drive. But they do have BIOS updates. You may also need a BIOS update if you get a drive over 32 GB.
See this page: http://www.fic.com.tw/techsupport/drivers/searchbios2.asp?selectedmodelname=VB-601-V
P.S. Tip: always check the motherboard maker's home page for the latest info on this sort of stuff. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

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09-10-2000, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the links, they have the info i need.

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Paleo Pete
09-12-2000, 02:07 AM
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To find info on your motherboard, write down the BIOS ID string, the long number at top left during first boot screen. The [Pause] key will hold the screen long enough to write it down, any other key will continue the boot process.
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