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Solved: New Hard Drive Advice

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BallaterBoy, Sep 16, 2007.

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  1. BallaterBoy

    BallaterBoy Thread Starter

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    Want to get a larger new Hard Drive ( Internal)

    Currently got:

    120gb Peripheral Type ATA ST3120026A

    Mainboard Gygabyte NVidia NForce 2 GA-BX2000 Intel 440BX AGP Set


    Questions are:

    1.. What is difference between IDE & SATA and should I go for SATA

    2. Is there a max size Drive i can go for. Seen a 500gb but will my BIOS see it ok?

    3. BIOS Info

    General Information :
    Manufacturer : Award Software International, Inc.
    Version : F6
    Date : 02 August 2004
    Address : 0xE000 on 256 KB
    Copyright : Copyright (C) 1984-2004, Award Software, Inc.
    Motherboard ID : 08/02/2004-nVidia-nForce-6A61BG0LC-00
    OEM Signature : GA-7N400E-L F10
    DMI Version : 2.3

    Characteristics :
    Flashable : Yes
    Socketed : Yes

    Functionality :
    APM : Yes
    ACPI : Yes
    ESCD : No
    PnP : Yes
    PCI : Yes
    ISA : No
    AGP : Yes
    USB : Yes
    PCMCIA : No
    Smart Battery : No

    Boot Information :
    Selectable Boot : Yes
    CD-ROM Boot : Yes
    PC Card (PCMCIA) Boot : No
    I20 Boot : No
    LS-120 Boot : Yes
    1394 Boot : No
    ATAPI ZIP Boot : Yes
    Network Boot : No


    Any info to help this non technical silver surfer make a decision will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Angus
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You started out showing that you have a GA-BX2000 motherboard, then down a few lines it shows GA-7N400E-L. Which is it?
     
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  4. bbearren

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    1. IDE has a maximum throughput of 133 MB/Sec, SATA starts at 150. Also, your motherboard has to support SATA, and you have to install SATA drivers during Windows installation. (You can also install the drivers during a repair/reinstall of an existing installation)

    2. Not really. If your BIOS doesn't see it, you can probably update your BIOS.
     
  5. BallaterBoy

    BallaterBoy Thread Starter

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    Me being a pratt and looking at wrong manual!!!

    Motherboard is GA-7N400E (-L)

    General Information :
    Manufacturer : Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. (Gigabyte)
    Product : nVidia-nForce2
    Version : 1.x
    Serial Number : Unspecified
    Support MP : Yes, 1 CPU(s)
    Version MPS : 1.4

    Chassis Information :
    Manufacturer : Unspecified
    Type : Desktop
    Version : Unspecified
    Serial Number : Unspecified
    Asset : Unspecified

    Sensor Information :
    Monitoring Chip : ITE IT8712F

    Slots Information :
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v, 3.3v
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v, 3.3v
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v, 3.3v
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v, 3.3v
    Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v, 3.3v
    Slot AGP : In Use (32-bit) 5.0v

    External Connectors :
    Serial 16450 Compatible : DB-9 male
    Serial 16450 Compatible : DB-9 male
    Parallel ECP/EPP : DB25 female
    Keyboard : PS/2
    Mouse : PS/2
    USB : Access Bus (USB)

    Internal Connectors :
    PRIMARY IDE : On Board IDE
    SECONDARY IDE : On Board IDE
    FDD : On Board Floppy
    COM1 : 9 Pin Dual Inline (pin 10 cut)
    COM2 : 9 Pin Dual Inline (pin 10 cut)
    LPT1 : DB25 female
    Keyboard :
    PS/2 Mouse : PS/2
    USB :
     
  6. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    It looks like you can use an IDE drive (SATA won't work). And as mentioned, a BIOS made in 2004 should support a 500MB drive.
     
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