Hard Drive down.

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Hi Stuart,

I've just become hooked on CCs and I managed to get hold of one off E-bay - I think I even bidded against you if you're 'stuartsmacs'.

Anyhoo, worked great for a couple of days but the hard drive went down a couple of days after I bought it so I can't really enjoy it. I can see that you're UK based and was wondering if you had a 80/160MB scsi hard drive I could buy from you. VIS in Reading quoted £40 - I mean I could almost buy another CC for that... Wink

Many thanks and keep up the good work -

Moodles

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My drive died too.

I installed OS 7.5 over a working 7.1 installation and it went dead two days later. All I get is the DISK icon with the question mark in the middle. Every time I turn on the CC I hear the HD power up and down three times and then it stops. Any clues?

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Its comman for the old harddr

Its comman for the old harddrives to fail. Most of my compact mac drives died. Get a replacment from ebay...

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CC HD

Hey,

If you replace your failed drive with another 80/160MB hard drive, you're just fattening frogs for snakes. That replacement drive will also be old and waiting to die. Something 500MB or larger -- or go completely crazy and put a gigger in there -- will be somewhat newer and maybe will last longer.

William

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What gigger drives work in CC and LCIII's

I agree with you. But what newer gigger drives are compat. with these two machines?

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Vintage drive restrictions

Hey,

The size in megs or gigs of a drive that will work in a CC or an LCIII isn't machine-specific, it's OS specific. Pre-OS 7, 7.1, 7.5.1, is I think 2 gigs. (I'm delving into what's left of my memory.) After OS 7.5.3 it's measured in tetrabytes. So if you're running 7.5.3 or 7.6.1, a 4-gig SCSI drive is no problem. (Except finding apps and data to fill it.) A 1- or 2-gig drive in those toasters will do just fine.

William

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Partitions

Remember that if you use a larger drive in an older OS that doesn't support devices over 2GB you can partition the drive in smaller chunks that the OS will recognize. You may need a third-party disk utility — like Hard Drive Toolkit or SoftRAID — to set it up.

Also, most any SCSI drive should work in older hardware, as long as it's not an LVD (Low-voltage differential) drive. I found that out the hard way. If the pin interface doesn't match the existing cables (it's got more pins and a smaller connector) there are adapters available to mate them up. Newer hard drives that use a faster SCSI mode will automatically scale back to a slower SCSI bus speed.

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