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Last updated: 2/5/2002

Western Digital 273BA 27.3 GB Hard DiskThis is the first in a series of articles which will comprise the  Dux Computer Digest Hard Disk Drive Guide.  When completed, this guide will cover hard disk drive fundamentals, performance, compatibility, buying, installation, troubleshooting, and data recovery.  This is a "living" document.
It will evolve as it is written and  published.

No guide of this kind can cover every hard disk, computer, or situation. However, the material presented herein should provide a good basis for understanding the various processes involved.  Initially, to keep the scope of the guide within manageable constraints, the following constraints will be applied:

  • The drive is a recent IDE ATA/33 or ATA/66 hard disk.
  • The computer motherboard has an Award BIOS.
  • The operating system is Windows 95, 98, or 98 Second Edition.

A degree of background and theory is required to establish a proper context for the hands-on portions of the guide.  The objective of these parts of the guide will be simplify the technical aspects while conveying enough knowledge to appreciate, install, and troubleshoot hard disk drives.

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