looking for a IBM PS/2 Hard Drive

October 24, 2013 at 14:44:44
Specs: MS-DOS 3.3, 8086 / 640 KB Ram
I have a IBM PS/2 Model 30 computer, and I need a hard drive for it. The hard drive in it died, and I cannot find another one. The Hard Drive model is, wdi-325q. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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October 24, 2013 at 15:08:25
The drive has one of the slilde-on connectors, doesn't it?

I've got a couple model 30's here somewhere but I don't think they have hard drives in them. Is it a model 30 286 or 8086?

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October 24, 2013 at 16:01:07
Its an 8086. And yes. it does have a slide on connector.

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October 24, 2013 at 20:46:25
There is one listed on Amazon.com for $165. Kind of stiff IMO. I assume you are trying to restore this computer?

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October 25, 2013 at 06:02:11
yes I am. I want to get the machine hopefully back to factory condition.

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October 25, 2013 at 09:01:29
Unfortunately most of those units were probably scrapped long ago.

Local flea markets sometimes have computer weekends with vendors selling their wares. Locally for me there are a number of vendors that deal in old hardware. I suggest you see if there are any places like that where you are located.

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October 25, 2013 at 23:30:09
Hi Guru, the place I would look is ebay/computing/vintage.

Possibly you may have to accept a different HD make/model, as I seem to recall the PS/2 was sold with optional different capacity HD's.

Here in the UK, these turn up quite often. You do not advise where you are located (city/state) which may help. I was surprised to see how expensive some items are in the US.

Sort by 'time newly listed' and look every few days. You can save a search, such that when one is placed, ebay email you to advise.

Probably be easier/cheaper to look for a complete pc.

Are you sure your HD has died. If the bios parameters have been changed or lost due to battery failure, the disc will not be 'seen'.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 2, 2013 at 06:58:14
Did anyone turn up a source of WDI-325Q's ? Especially in Britain

Anyone any tips on accurate LLF on this baby ? I've got a load of bad sectors and they dont get picked up correctly using the Advanced diags

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November 2, 2013 at 08:23:34
Hi Debug, am unsure a llf is going to help with many bad sectors.

A few are acceptable, but when they start breeding it is a sign the hdd is on its way out.

Have you tried re-formatting using FORMAT /C

Normally FORMAT does not test bad sectors and leaves in place. However the /C option retests them, and if ok, returns them to use.

Do make sure you have backup of anything important on the disc.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 2, 2013 at 19:57:36
The LLF utility on those old 8086 and 8088 machines was usually on the hard drive card. You'd run debug from a boot disk and then the command to start it was (usually) G=C800:5. I'm not sure how those old IBM's were set up but you can try that.

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