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What hard drive is compatible with my motherboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bonecrusher123, Feb 25, 2010.

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  1. Bonecrusher123

    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

    Apr 28, 2007
    hey guys, unfortunately i can't get the name and model of my mboard, but i i have the specs of the current hard drive that's in the machine and that works perfectly:

    i've never installed a hard drive before. could someone tell me how difficult it is?


    Disk 0
    Manufacturer Seagate
    Model ST3160827AS
    Size 160.0 GB
    Firmware Version 3.42
    Serial Number 4MT0P82A
    Interface Serial ATA
    Standard ATA/ATAPI-6 | ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D version 2
    Transfer Mode (Current / Max) SATA-150 / SATA-150
    Features S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ
    Temperature 39 C (102 F)
    Drive Letter(s) C: E:
    Controller Buffer Size on Drive 8192 KB
    Queue Depth 32
    Removable No
    Cache Enabled (Read / Write) Yes / Yes
    SMART Support Yes
    Attribute Name Attribute Value Worst Value Threshold Value Raw Data
    Raw Read Error Rate (01) 062 048 006 000007ED9189
    Spin Up Time (03) 097 096 000 000000000000
    Start/Stop Count (04) 099 099 020 000000000787
    Reallocated Sector Count (05) 100 100 036 000000000000
    Seek Error Rate (07) 080 060 030 000522687E69
    Power On Hours Count (09) 080 080 000 00000000461C
    Spin Retry Count (0A) 100 100 097 000000000000
    Power Cycle Count (0C) 099 099 020 0000000007B3
    HDA Temperature (C2) 039 050 000 000200000027
    ECC On The Fly Count (C3) 062 048 000 000007ED9189
    Current pending sector count (C5) 100 100 000 000000000000
    Off-line uncorrectable sector count (C6) 100 100 000 000000000000
    Ultra ATA CRC Error Rate (C7) 200 200 000 000000000000
    Multi Zone Error Rate (C8) 100 253 000 000000000000
    Data Address Mark Errors (CA) 100 253 000 000000000000
  2. Megabite


    Apr 5, 2008
    Looks like Serial ATA Hard drive.......can you look at your Motherboard....does it have ports like in the pic below?

    They can be a different colour than blue

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  3. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    How old is the board? If it's more than a couple of years old, you may need a BIOS update for large hard drives to work. In that case, you'd definitely need to know the complete make and model of the board or if it's part of an OEM computer, you'd get the update from the computer manufacturer's site and NOT the motherboard manufacturer.
    Are you replacing an existing drive? Or adding a new one?
    If adding a new one, do you have a spare 3.5" internal drive bay?
    Do you have spare hard drive screws to mount it? If not, you'll need to either get some from a friend or buy a retail drive and not an OEM drive.
    Do you have a spare SATA cable to connect it to the board? If not, you'd need to either buy one separately or go with the retail package as one would probably be included.
    Will you be installing an operating system on the drive? If so, which one?
    Will this be a dual-boot system? Or will the drive be used only for data?
    Do you know how to access the BIOS to verify it is detected properly?
  4. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
  5. Bonecrusher123

    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

    Apr 28, 2007
    yah, i have a spare drive slot.

    can anyone give me more feedback?

  6. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    If you would like to identify your mobo, download and install PC Wizard. Its free and will tell you just about anything you want to know about your computers configuration. See the screen shot for an example.


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  7. Bonecrusher123

    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

    Apr 28, 2007
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    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

    Apr 28, 2007
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