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Installing new HDD & another DVD drive

I was told that the DVD drive failed and the original HDD mysteriously disappeared, (very ingenious mice!!!). When mounted in a PC the DVD drive does seem a little inaccurate/unreliable (but my testing has not been extensive or particulary methodical). I have physically installed a 320gb WD ide drive (brand new). Will the machine operate at all without a DVD drive installed? What is required to initialize/format/bootstrap the HDD?
Are there restrictions on HDD sizes/buffers etc.? ie can the 320gb work? can a 20meg be used?

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Re: installing new HDD & another DVD drive

Problem with HDD is power usage 320gig uses to much, WD 160 is best though just a bit small which may cause issue if you fill it up. WD200gig OK but at threshold of what power supply can handle. Disk needs to be filled with original disk image to get firmware and custom file system. Smallest I've got image down to is 11gig

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Comment by agimqose, posted on Jan 04, 2008 Ce qualcuno che mi aiuti nel mio problemo di hdd maxtor diamondmax 16,,,160gb?...Ho formatato voglio un nuovo boot software per dvd rec jvc drmh30s,ma perche mio hdd e corrupt.che procedura?che software per mio hdd?...mille grazia a tutti.

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