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What new HDD will match my Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8?

I want to install a bigger HDD as a slave to the original Maxtor that came with my HP d530 CMT. But my PC didn't come with documentation and I can't find info on the net what mobo it has. So I don't know what HDD is supported or compatible. The Maxtor is a DiamondMax Plus 8 ATA/133.
Question: (1) Can I install a SATA HDD with a 300 interface? Or am I limited to ATA-100 EIDE drives? My Tigerdirect.ca supplier doesn't list ATA-133 HDD to match my current Maxtor.
(2) What's the biggest/fastest/bestest HDD I can use as a secondary in my d530 CMT?
Thanks,
Mark

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    Mark Dec 29, 2008

    Thanks! I take it a slave ATA 100 drive will work with my existing master ATA 133?

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Mark,
You can use any size HDD in your computer as a slave and it does not have to be an exact match for the maxtor. You will however need the make sure that the connections on the new drive match. For example SATA drives will not attache to an IDE cable and vice versa. The drive that you mentioned is an IDE style drive so unless your MOBO has SATA connectors on it you will need to buy an IDE/EIDE drive.

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    Adam Dec 29, 2008

    The ATA 100 should work fine but I would recommend sticking with an ATA 133

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