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InvisibleDieCommie
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Buying a new hard drive.
    #4333079 - 06/24/05 05:54 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I have a few questions about buying a new harddrive.

I see two types of interface - IDE Ultra ATA100 - Serial ATA150
My computer is a few years old and the hard drive i have in there is  IDE Ultra ATA100.  Would Serial ATA150 still work in my computer?  I would just be slower right?

Im looking at a couple 160GB on NewEgg for around $80, the only difference is the type of interface...


Also my comp. had windows included when I bought it... would it be possible to transfer the operating system to the new hard drive? 

Thx.  :laugh:


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Re: Buying a new hard drive. [Re: DieCommie]
    #4333206 - 06/24/05 06:24 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I can't answer you specs question, but before buying your drive, check here for deals.

http://hardforum.com/forumdisplay.php?s=7ebb54ee4070bc57753ecaabec647e08&f=28


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Re: Buying a new hard drive. [Re: DieCommie]
    #4333221 - 06/24/05 06:28 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

sata is faster than ata. but to use it, you need to have sata ports on your motherboard.

you cant transfer windows between the hard drives. you will have to reinstall on the new h/d if you want it there. with all h/ds, i recommend seagate. i have never had any problem with seagate.


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Re: Buying a new hard drive. [Re: automan]
    #4333628 - 06/24/05 08:59 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

You can't use SATA unless you have a relatively new motherboard, from the last 1-1.5 years. In fact, SATA drives take a different power connector than parallel ATA, so you might need a new power supply too. There might be adapters for this though, I'm not sure.

You do NOT have to re-install Windows when switching hard drives, however. You can put both drives in the machine and then use a hard disk cloning utility to copy everything from the old to the new one. Then you use a partitioning utility to expand the Windows partition to take up the whole new disk if that's what you want to do.

Check out the Ultimate Boot CD, it has multiple utilities for cloning, partitioning, diagnostics, and kitchen sinks. It even includes INSERT, a small livecd linux distro, in case you fuck up and find yourself with no OS.


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Re: Buying a new hard drive. [Re: MarioNett]
    #4333993 - 06/24/05 11:03 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Thx for the advice all  :thumbup:

I think Ill get this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148025

edit- awsome signiture supercollider, my girl and I say that all the time  :cool:


Edited by Qubit (06/24/05 11:08 PM)


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Re: Buying a new hard drive. [Re: DieCommie]
    #4334768 - 06/25/05 02:56 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Good choice. I just ordered almost the same drive, but in the 200gb size a couple days ago, so I'll soon be going through the same process as you. Can't wait to replace my IBM Deathstar. It slowed to a crawl, but it still passes the mfr's "Drive Fitness Test," so I can't get a warranty on it. I'm never buying IBM/Hitachi again.


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Re: Buying a new hard drive. [Re: MarioNett]
    #4336287 - 06/25/05 05:05 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

my only advice: stay the fuck away from maxtor, even if thier price may be appealing.

Western Digital and Seagate are the best IMO, and Samsung has recently started making some nice ones.

Just watch out for the warranty, especially on a hard drive, those things tend to come in handy!


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