I recently bought an old CF-25 Panasonic Toughbook for my son.
Then I realized that it only has 4GG HDD, and am hoping to put larger HDD and possibly a little more to speed it up. It was cheap and came with Windows 98. What is possible that you would suggest to upgrade this old but kinda nice laptop?
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Press "F2" on your keyboard when you see the Panasonic logo appear on the screen. You will immediately be prompted to enter your Panasonic Toughbook Cf-29 BIOS password. Type the word "Biostar" into the password prompt. This is your Panasonic Toughbook Cf-29 backdoor BIOS password. Press the "Enter" key to unlock your Panasonic Toughbook Cf-29 BIOS.
When you swapped out the Hard Disk Drive
of the Panasonic Toughbook CF52 it is very
importatnt that you did not "hot" swap the HDD
but that you turned off the unit with a full shutdown
and unplugged it as well.
Once you removed the Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
I am assuming that you replaced the drive with
another drive that had a proper operating system
already installed. If not, then of course nothing
happened since you replaced the HDD with a blank
or unformatted HDD.
One way to verify if the replacement Hard Drive
is recognized by the Toughbook is to go into
the BIOS by pressing the F2 function key and
checking the size or capacity of the replacement
Hard Disk Drive. If it shows the proper value,
then the HDD is recognized at the Hardware Level.
If it shows HDD as None or Zero then the replacement
HDD is NOT recognized and you have to try a different
drive which is functional.
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Canada Toughbook Authorized Dealer since 1989
had same problem with loading win xp proff on cf 74 toughbook mk1. soution for me was downloading sata hdd controller from panasonic toughbook support site, loading the driver onto floppy drive, using usb floppy with driver ready to use, loading win xp profesional and on first loading win screen pressing f6 when prompted at beginning of win intallation, when on screen instructions to load sata driver appeared, i followed on screen instructions and loaded 3rd option from floppy sata drive mobile driver, left usb installed untill xp loaded and running, do not remove usb floppy untill win loaded, i really hope this helps you
If i understand you correctly you bought a laptop out of the trunk of a car. You could try here for info:http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/business-rugged-toughbook-C1-convertible-tablet-pc.asp
Go to Crucial or Viking or any memory company on the web, type in your model number, and they will provide the proper memory module advice. You can remove the cover from the HDD on the bottom of the toughbook, and inspect the current disk to determine if it is SATA or not. I would check the manufacturer and series (model) and see if they had a larger in the same series. It will be labeled if it is SATA or EIDE, and you would get the same in a larger internal size. tom