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  1. Someguy041

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    is my hard drive compatible with this.. /ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+, Onboard Video,Sound, GB LAN/.. motherboard the hard drive is this.. /Western Digital 320GB WD3200AAJB-00J3A0/..I don't know how to tell. Thought someone from here could help out thanks.
     

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    Nope, at least not without buying an adapter and sometimes those do not work perfectly. Here's one such adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232004

    The reason being is the motherboard only supports the modern SATA connections, the light blue connectors in the very bottom right of the motherboard, and the hard drive is the now obsolete PATA(IDE) and uses a 40 pin(but 80 wire cable) connector.
     
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    it looks like i would be cheaper to buy the adapter but would it be better if i just buy a new one? can you give me a link to one or tell me the brand? plz
     
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    Here's a whole bunch of SATA drives, just pick the capacity you require: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=

    Personally I don't care what brand as long as there isn't a serious flaw at any given time; I've dealt with computers long enough that I've seen hundreds if not thousands of failed drives from all the manufacturer's and in reality there's only three manufacturer's left in the 3.5" drive business anyway. The key to not losing your data is to have a backup, speaking of which you could buy a USB enclosure with an internal PATA interface and use your current drive as your backup drive, here's an example of such an enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145132
     
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    Thanks for all the links and suggestions you been a big help is the recommendations I can give you on this website
     
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    Oh and one more thing what is the USB enclosure is it just a hard drive I can plug into USB port?
     
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    It's a box that you install your existing PATA hard drive into and then connect to a USB port. It basically turns your existing hard drive into an external drive like one you'd buy at the store. I'd be perfect for backing up any important files too off your main drive in the computer.
     
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