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jboulton
Posted: May 30th, 2008, 3:04am Report to Moderator
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im shopping for a new hard drive and im not sure how to tell if the one i want is compatible with my pc how do i tell?
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Posted: May 30th, 2008, 8:05pm Report to Moderator
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   Unless it is an older computer, all hard drives should be compatible.
   Older computers may not be able to handle the size of most new hard drives but even in these cases the hard drive will work, you just will not have access to the whole drive.
   If you are adding a drive, make sure that there is an empty plug and cable to plug it in to.
   Here are two articles that I have written about hard drives which may be of interest to you:
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crs01
Posted: June 1st, 2008, 6:06pm Report to Moderator
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If you've got an older computer, you'd probably want to avoid using one of the newer SATA drives unless you've got an SATA interface on the mother board.  Stick with an older IDE drive.  Depending on the age of your computer, it may not accept the SATA drives.  I'm told (no personal experience with it - didn't want to mess with it) that you can adapt a computer to accept an SATA drive, but that results are a bit "iffy."  If you've got an IDE drive in there now, I'd suggest sticking with an IDE drive until you upgrade your system.  Then all you'll want to buy will be the SATA drives because you'll probably only have one  - if any - IDE port.

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quinland
Posted: June 6th, 2008, 8:19am Report to Moderator
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To find out whether your motherboard has SATA capability, open you case and look for SATA sockets. If you have them, and your power supply has SATA power leads, you would be better off with a SATA drive. These capabilities are available on newer motherboards. SATA drives can run up to 3 times faster than EIDE drives. I have found that shifting to SATA has increased my system speed. If you don't have SATA connections, consider updating your motherboard. The increase in speed is worth the replacement of the motherboard.
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