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SATA hdd install

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  1. Cmad

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    Hi guys, first I just wanna say thankyou to everyone here thats helped me in the past, my pc runs now because of you

    alright, i'm new to the whole SATA format, last time i installed anything new in a pc before now was 4 years ago

    Had a quick look at the SATA ports on my M/board and they're SATA 2 (?)

    I've built myself a pc, using my old power supply, IDE hdd's and bought a Western Digital 320Gb SATA drive to boost my storage a bit

    1.) can i run 3 hdd's?

    2.) I've already installed the new drive in the pc, but I don't know how to get windows to see it

    3.) I've also got a SATA dvd burner ready to go in after this, any forseeable issues?

    4.) Where does the SATA power cable come from? I know nothing about sata components, I'll assume that like my IDE stuff the power cable comes out of the psu and plugs into the back of the drives...if they're supposed to come from the psu then I think its time I upgraded that too cos i don't have any sata power connectors on mine, at least I can't find them

    I'm running an AMD Athlon 2x 4000+ 64, 1Gb ram, nvidia 7600 gt, 40Gb & 160Gb IDE drives with windows xp sp2

    thankyou you in advance
     
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  3. sideshowbob9

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    Cmad, the number of SATA drives you can put in your system depend on the number of ports on your motherboard, if you have two or more hooking up the SATA drive and dvd burner should be no problem.
    The power hook ups are different for SATA vs IDE, so if you do not have any, (they would normally be black) all you need to get is an adapter. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189005
    Although if it doesn't have any SATA power, then it must be a fairly old PSU and replacing it might be the way to go.
     
  4. Cmad

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    thats what i've done, new psu and she's all good. thanks for your help!!!
     
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