I have an older WD IDE hard drive that needs upgrading (WD400BB-53CAA0). What are my options as to the type of hard drive I can add, if I want to keep this hard drive (it's fine, just full). EIDE? Ultra ATA? I think that I cannot use a SATA disk, but am just not sure what I *can* get.
I am running XP SP2.
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Re: Internal hard drive add-on question
CAN U PLEASE TELL ME THAT WHATS THE MOTHERBOARD MODEL IS IT DESKTOP OR LAPTOP IF DESKTOP U CAN USE SATA HARD DRIVE BY USING A SATA CONTROLLER CARD if just u have a pci slot empty if yes tell me so i tell u the model number t take a card and fix it your self...
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First you check your Hard Disk connectivity type SATA or IDE. Then purchase same type of connectivity Hard Disk as your wish. Seagate Desktop internal Hard Disk Available in market (160 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB).
You currently have a 320GB 7200-rpm SATA II hard drive, with 8MB cache install on a base package of your make and model of computer. I would recommend a hard drive like Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2 TB Internal hard drive. You can find it roughly for $70.00 - $90.00 at online stores like amazon, new egg, etc.
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart (note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive) The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP: The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include: IDE-0 means Pri master ? IDE-1 means Pri slave ? IDE-2 means Sec master ? IDE-3 means Sec slave ?
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Master/Slave designation is determined by jumpers on IDE drives. Most drives have adequate markings on them to identify these jumper positions. If not marked clearly, you will need the manufacturer's data to determine that designation. If you are curious about a working system just power-up in set-up mode (usually by depressing (f1-or-f2) during boot-up sequence, your system-bios will display this information for you.
Shouldnt think it was the cables since you got as far as you have. Could be a problem on the drive and you might want to do a low level format to make sure. Drive type should not matter. Western Digital has a low level format utility on there site. wd.com
my other thought is that for some restores you have to have the exact components present that originally came with the machine. so, unplug everything but keyboard, mouse and video. put back to original amount of memory.
use a windows disk to do restore from scratch instead of restore disk. good luck.
Certain older motherboards do only have support for certain sizes of drives. It depends on how the motherboard references the various sectors on the hard disk. So your friend wasn't too far off.
But this restriction applies to OLD motherboard. Anything made in the last 8 years is fine. The 741GX-M is more than modern enough.
The 741GX-M uses IDE as it's interface for hard drives, so make sure you get an IDE 500gb hard drive. Also make sure that your hard drive's jumper settings are correct. Your first hard drive is the master. Second one is the slave, and the jumpers should reflect that.
As far as operating systems go, Windows 98 has a limitation of 128gb, but ONLY because scandisk will fail on anything larger. 2000, XP and Vista handle 500gb using both the NTFS and FAT32 filesystem (but ntfs is better). All linux distros can handle 500gb using the ext2/ext3 filesystems.
If you do run into any problems detecting the hard disk, make sure you have the latest bios for your motherboard. That's just about the only real problem you can run into.
You needed to know if you HD is an IDE ATA or an S ATA. The speed is about the same on all of them unless you go for a realy fast HD but they are noisy. You cable should work with your hardware if that is it's purpose. After you swap, do not attach the old hard drive back w/o reformatting it. If you cable and software does not work the their is other software that works very well to upgrade HD's. I personally use
Acronis True Image. SOme upgrade HD's come with the software to upgrade with such as WD or Seagate. I have a 1 Terabype in my computer as an extra drive but keep the OS as is and only place my data on the larger drive.
The internal Drive is a standard 3.5 inch IDE 7200RPM unit. you can indeed upgrade this to a 1TB drive as long as it's IDE wether 2.5 or 3.5. Luckily when Lacie was originally offering these drives you could get these in 1TB, so that won't be an issue.