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Solved: Guidance for adding extra hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by c4063a2, Apr 14, 2010.

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  1. c4063a2

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    I've got 2 desktops and I want to get rid of the older one but I would like to take the 2 hard drives (80GB and 160GB) and add them to the newer desktop which currently has a single hard drive (320GB). How can I determine if this machine can take on 2 more hard drives and is what I'm doing common practise or does one just go and buy a new machine with a larger drive. Sorry, I don't have access to the specs right now but are there certain things I need to check or look out for or is it basically just mounting the drives and connecting them to each other and away I go? :)
     
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    You need to find out the interface ie are the old drives ide or sata type. Next most modern mb use only one ide type connector and if this is already used, you may be able to install only one drive.

    FWIW hard drives are so cheap today that it makes no sense to mess with old, slow type drives like an 80gig. If you want a second drive in your new system, then buy a modern drive and install it. A 500gig drive w/32meg of cache is <$55 at newegg with free shipping and no tax.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358
     
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    thanks crjdriver. I guess I'll look into the option you suggest. let's assume this string is now closed.
     
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