ATA HDD on IDE connector with a SATA drive on a SATA connector?
My d530 has the Intel 865G chipset that gave early support for SATA, providing two SATA connectors on the mobo. I want to increase hard drive capacity while keeping the original Maxtor ATA/133 HDD as a primary.
So can I leave my Maxtor plugged into it's primary IDE mobo connector and simply plug a new SATA drive into one of the SATA connectors? The Intel 865G chipset only supports speeds up to 150, so a 300 rated drive will have to be slowed to 150 with a jumper to be recognized by XP. Some suppliers advise that drive warranties are voided if you use a jumper to slow it's speed, even when suggested to do so by the manufacturer.
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Re: ATA HDD on IDE connector with a SATA drive on a SATA...
Yes you can do this but rather that buy a sata II hdd just buy a sata hdd. Might even be a little cheaper. Once you install go into the system bios & enable the sata drive. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.
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How to connect your hard drive to your motherboard
The first thing you have to figure out is what type of hard drive you have, a PATA or a SATA drive.
PATA = Parallel ATA
This type of drive uses the older IDE connections. Most of your current motherboards still have aleast one IDE connection to support the ROM drives on the market that have not moved over to SATA connections but you can still connect a hard drive to this connection if needed. The thing to keep in mind is that you can only connect 2 IDE devices to one IDE connection on the motherboard.
Here is an example of an IDE cable. If you can see there are tabs on the cable to make sure you line up the pins properly.
SATA = Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
This type is now the standard that most hard drives are. Also note that alot of your ROM drives are switching over to this format as well.
Here is an example of a SATA cable.
In regards to power connectors If you are using a PATA drive then you will use the Molex power connector. Note some of the early SATA drives use this power connector as well.
For the SATA drives you would use the SATA power connector. Note if your power supply does not have this connection you can get an adapter that goes from a Molex connection to the SATA connector.
Next you will need to find the connectors for the hard drive on your motherboard. Below if pictures of the 2 connection types.
You cannot use a SATA (serial ATA HDD in this machine. You need a PATA (parallel ATA) HDD, also known as IDE, ULTRA IDE, ULTRA ATA. This has a 40-pin ribbon connector & a 4-pin power connector. Sizes generally available would be 80GB up to 250GB, although very few PATA drives are now sold since SATA is the new standard.
You can install up to a max 2 GB RAM and can add a 2nd hard disk
See the following Specs for your computer.
HP Compaq Business d530 Ultra-Slim (Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, XP Pro)
Answers to your questions: 1. Yes 2. Very likely 3. a Google search should show you what the connectors look like. 4 HP/Compaq do a good job of providing documentation. Go to hp.com and put in your system information. You should be able to locate motherboard diagrams there. If you can't let me know and I'll try to locate them.
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.