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I've just bought a 500GB hard drive seagate sata-II , and it doesn't come with the installation cables, or screws or even the intructions of how to install it. So I don't really konw what cables or things I need to get.

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All you need is a SATA cable. Can be bought anywhere PC parts are sold or on eBay. You can use the screws from your old hard drive. The SATA drive will only work if your motherboard is current. Older M/Bs only accept IDE drives.

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