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Looking to upgrade hard drive

Hi, I'm trying to help my landlord put a larger Hard Drive in his computer. Currently he has one thats only about 27 Gig. His mother board is a Asus Nforce A7N266-VM. What information do we need to know when picking out a new hard drive?

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  • mrhobbitino Jan 07, 2009

    Well, from my understanding the Hard Drive has to be compatable with the mother board not just anyone you grab off the shelf. From the sales person at Best Buy. I was told to look at the cable going from the current drive to the motherboard. However, the one in there now isn't like the two he described. Are the cables easy to change to what you need? So I'd more advice than just how big you want.

  • mrhobbitino Jan 07, 2009


    Thank You that is much more useful information. I'll pass it on to my landlord. I think he does have a second smaller backup drive, but I think it's small enough to put on a flashdrive and then remove.

    Thanks again



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The motherboard you have has 2 ATA-100 ports on it for the hard drives.  I am assuming that you only have the one hard drive.  What you are looking for is an IDE or PATA drive.  The size can be anything that you want it to be from about 40gig on up to 1000gig.  I would recommend getting as much hard drive as you can reasonably afford, since they tend to fill up fast with pictures, MP3s, etc.
When you get the new hard drive, I would put it on a port by itself, since the older hard drive would probably slow it down.  If you are going to do a new install of Windows or Linux on the new drive (something I would recommend), make the new drive the MASTER on port 1, and the old hard drive the MASTER or SLAVE on port 2, usually shared with a CDROM/DVD player/burner.  The old drive shouldn't slow the CD/DVD stuff, while the new drive, being faster, is on the ATA port by itself.  BTW, now is a good time to be looking at hard drives in the 80-250gig range, since everyone is upgrading to larger ones, and there are some good deals to be gotten.
Hope this helps you out.

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Pretty much just how big of one does he want.

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