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Internal hard drive add-on question

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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  • RG-lfp Jun 04, 2008

    Don't know what the motherboard model is.  The computer is a Gateway desktop, 500XL.  It has one short slot open.  There is one HD (the one I want to add to), DVD, writeable CD, and 3.5" drives.  The HD cable only has the master- the slave socket is open.  As I said, it is a 40 Gb IDE (PATA) drive.  Since the IDE isn't SATA, I don't think I can add a SATA to the system in the current config.  Thus, what are my options as to drives to use, w/o adding a SATA card- or should I go ahead and get a SATA card.  If so, what is the benefit?  What is "ultra ATA"? Can I use that in this config?

    Is this enough info?  Thanks!

  • CCWILL Jun 12, 2008

    I have a conpaq 1.3GZ with a 40GB PATA(ata) hard drive. I want to remove this and replace with a SATA. I believe I need a controller or adapter from IDE to SATA. Am I right? Thanks for your time and knowledge.

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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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