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Replace ata drive with eide

HP Pavillon A1700n. My ata internal drive died. I purchased an eide drive and the ribbon cable won't stretch to the bay. what can i do

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You can purchase a longer ribbon. otherwise there is nothing else you can do.

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According to,1000000973,10004197,00.htm this tower has Serial ATA, or SATA. Just to confirm, you can easily pop open the case and take a look at the hard-drives. If you see a wide thin ribbon-like cable connecting to your hard-drive then you need an Ultra ATA (or just ATA or IDE) drive. It looks like this:

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