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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by atish_aa, Jan 27, 2005.

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  1. atish_aa

    atish_aa Thread Starter

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    I want to add another hard disk in my system as the 40 GB HD is already full. Which one will be the best, IDE (Ultra ATA or Serial ATA) or SCSI HDD in the range of 80 GB to 200 GB HDD?
     
  2. xSoilworkeRx

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    The one I would recommend is the IDE (Serial ATA). You could get a mega hard drive (250 to 300 gigs) that would require RAID drivers. But, they are nice nonetheless.
     
  3. norton850

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    I tried to look up your system on the Compaq site and couldn't find the exact model so I'll make some general comments. I doubt that your motherboard has a SCSI connector so that would mean an addin card. Many motherboards these days do have SATA connectors, I don't think yours does, and if it doesn't then you again would need an addin card. Do you have your manual?

    That would eliminate SCSI and possibly SATA drives. "IDE" is somewhat of a generic term and gets used interchangeably with ATA. Ultra ATA refers to a standard that's been around for awhile. So these days when you buy an IDE drive your really get the Ultra IDE/ATA.

    So check your manual.
     
  4. atish_aa

    atish_aa Thread Starter

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    On the Compaq Site my system config may be found as Presario 6171 EA instead of 6171 AI. Kindly Specify whether I should go for SATA or SCSI for upto a 200 GB HDD. Thanks.
     
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    From what I can tell from hp's site, you do not have sata as an option unless you add a controller card. Go with pata or regular ide type drive.
     
  6. atish_aa

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    "pata". What does this mean?
     
  7. crjdriver

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    pata= parallel ata it is the regular type of ide drive as opposed to the new sata or serial ata.
     
  8. norton850

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    What you want is an "IDE" drive sometimes also called EIDE or Ultra ATA. I'm not recommending this drive by any means, just showing it as an example

    IDE Drive

    An IDE drive (Ultra ATA) in your size range running at 7200 RPMs will fill what you need.
     
  9. atish_aa

    atish_aa Thread Starter

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    As in the earlier reply how about Parallel ATA?
     
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    SoilworkeR,

    You said, "You could get a mega hard drive (250 to 300 gigs) that would require RAID drivers."

    Could you elaborate on this, I have not heard of this requirement before. Does this imply that you can only connect a drive of this capacity to a RAID Controller. :confused:
     
  11. SacsTC

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    I think he meant that the sata would require RAID drivers, but that is also not true.
     
  12. crjdriver

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    That is what you have to get unless you want to buy a controller card. Parallel ata is the standard ide interface. It was what was used before sata.
     
  13. atish_aa

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    Will SATA also require a controller card as opposed to a SCSI Drive?
     
  14. broad55

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    i have recently installed a second (slave) drive on the same channell as my cd rom (d) and it works great, primerily i installed it to move my page files to but have noticed an increase in speed as well. i currently have intel celeron,2.6gh, 1024ram, 40+40 gig on hard drives, aol bbp2 2272kbps, everything is speedy and i very happy.
     
  15. crjdriver

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    In your system, yes. It does not have native sata support. You must install a controller card in order to use sata. I would just get a regular ide drive. There really is not much difference in speed between a sata drive and a pata [regular ide] drive.
     
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