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Solved: Newbie Question (Hdd related)

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  1. Allen111

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    Okay I bought a Gateway GT5674 and I love it. I had a question though.. I have an old HP 511w hanging around, and I decided to take it apart (me being a newb at Hardware and stuff). I got the Hard drive out (which is an IDE) and I was wondering if it could be able to be installed on the Gateway.. So I opened it up and I saw that the HDD that was pre-installed was SATA.. Now i'm no Hardware Expert, but is there a way to get the IDE one in there without a Sata-Ide converter.. I was thinking maybe I could connect it to the IDE cable that is connected to the Optical Drive, and set it as slave.. or idk

    Also, I was looking around in the motherboard and I saw a connector that looks like IDE.. Without the cable.. So maybe I can get the IDE cable from the HP511w and connect it there and set the hdd to Master..

    Any help would be greatly appreciated..
     
  2. baladio

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    There might be a floppy drive connector on the motherboard without the cable, but don't use that for an IDE device or cable.
     
  3. BG-0

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    Yeah... There usually aren't but one IDE connector on modern motherboards. And setting the HDD as a slave to the optical will cause it to run very slow. It will work, though. However, if you want more disk space, get a 7200.11 SATA 2 drive with at least 16 MB cache. 32 MB if you plan to get a 500 G or more of space.
     
  4. Allen111

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    Thanks for the replies guys.. I decided I'll rather buy another bigger SATA hdd instead of trying to get the IDE one in there (its only 40 gigs anyway..)

    Well at least I learned something, thanks!
     
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