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Buying hardware question, also Windows question <_<

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  1. FlareXyron

    FlareXyron Thread Starter

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    Okay, I'm buying a new hard drive and I'm looking for the best deal I can find. I have a K8V special edition motherboard and a 120 GB hard drive (Maxtor, not sure if SATA or not). My motherboard can support 2 SATAs but beyond that I don't know how many hard drives I can support. What I'm looking at is a 300GB hard drive "Maxtor 300GB 7200RPG Ultra16 PATA Internal Hard Drive" with 133MB/sec transfer speed. For the same price ($149) I can get a 200GB SATA with 150MB/sec speed. Three questions:

    1) What's PATA, and can my motherboard support it?
    2) Which hard drive am I better off getting, assuming I can use both?

    Next, I recently tried upgrading my Windows (from XP to XP <_< there was a problem with getting SP2). I made it to the point where you have to reset your computer and go from there, but when I did the Windows setup ran into a missing file and couldn't go further. I restarted and had the option of choosing whether I wanna start up in normal XP or in the XP setup, so my original Windows is intact. But now I get that choice whenever I turn my computer on, and I'd like to know how to remove the XP setup as an option for starting up. Thanks for the help guys.
     
  2. FlareXyron

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    Anyone?
     
  3. GripS

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    1. Parallel ATA(essentially a normal IDE interface with 2 drives that can be chained together on the same cable).

    2. Ideally if you already have an SATA drive installed I would look for a match to it so you can run it raid 0 in which the data is striped on each drive. If no match is found I would go for the Maxtor 300gb with the 16mb buffer(assume thats what ultra16 eludes to).

    Not sure if this will help with your last question but give it a look:repairing master boot record
     
  4. FlareXyron

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    Yeah, that's what the Ultra16 thing refers to. Thanks for the help! :)
     
  5. Jack Horner

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    PATA - Parallel ATA - another name for traditional IDE drives. Most boards support 4 of these (hard-drives and CD/DVD). If yo have an available connector, I would go with the IDE (PATA), because the greater capacity, and similar performance.
    For your last problem, you can edit the boot.ini file. The steps are: Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Startup and Recovery Settings>Edit.
    Remove the line that refers to XP Setup.
     
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