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What is printed on the labels on the top of each disk?
What is the model-number?
Do a GOOGLE-search on that model-number, to see what others have written about that model,
including the "specifications".
as I stated in my first thread , no firmware or drivers needed for internal HDD , and remember Windows uses an allocated partition of 8 gigabytes for the OS which will only leave 5 gigabytes left on a 13 gigabyte HDD , and for solid state HDD , the only difference is solid state has no moving parts , there are trying to impress us with technology that is over 35 yrs old like a calculator other than its buttons its solid state
Windows 98 computer, huh? http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph04973&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=58161 Suggest you try a different, known to be good, flat ribbon interface cable. Sometimes these interface cables go bad.
Harddrives are a mechanical device. They have a 'Life Cycle'. After so many hours of usage, the life cycle come to an end. Kind of like for a human being. It could be your harddrive is at it's end.
You could try installing this harddrive into an inexpensive external enclosure.(Uses a USB cable) Plug it into a working computer. Go to My Computer, find which drive letter it is, (Example: (D:) or (E:) or (F:), double-click on that drive letter, and see if you can access this harddrive. Your harddrive is an IDE harddrive. IDE is also referred to as EIDE, ATA, and PATA. It is a 3.5" harddrive. Examples of inexpensive IDE external enclosures, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2779&name=3.5-Enclosure-IDE&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10
you cannot up grade from win 98 to win 2000
There is too big a gap in technology to allow it to happen
you have to remove the win 98 operating system and install the win 2000 operating system
That basically means re-formatting the hard drive so save all files and folders to an external storage facility
once you install win 2000 the driver will be installed automatically
The specifications to enter the information manually, are on top of the harddrive. Kind of hard to discern, huh? That's because harddrive sizes from 6.4GB through 20.4GB are listed on top. C/H/S = Cylinders/Heads/Sectors The Quantum Fireball CX10A011 hardrive is a 10.2GB harddrive. You will see -> C/H/S....10.2 - 16383/16/63 on top.
That is , 16,383 Cylinders 16 Heads 63 Sectors
As for the 40GB model, it should be similar. If not, come back and post.