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Thread: About Hard Drives

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    Hi there

    I need advice regarding a possible new hard drive. I currently have 2 harddrives - 80GB [1 single partition] and 200GB [2 partitions with 98GB each]. I want to buy another hard drive with 200GB [i thought that since i'm getting a new one, i may as well get a big-ish one]

    A friend said that i should make sure my pc can have another hard drive, but i'm clueless as to what he's talking about. So far, i know my pc has an empty space to slot another hard drive in. But i think he's talking about my Windows and bios. I have read that Windows may have a limit on the capacity it can read large drives. But as i'm planning on partitioning my new drive, this wont be a problen right????

    so basically, i dont know what problems there may be. I'm not really a techie person. Hence i thought i'd ask more knowledgable people about this. What [if any] are the problems about me buying a new harddrive? Like any foreseeable problems?

    As i dont know much about things, i thought i'd just give as much information as possible regarding my pc.

    MY SPECS >>>>>>>.
    windows xp home, sp1

    My pc is a Packard Bell. Here is a link to the specs of my motherboard for my pc -

    Here is a report from Everest [attached]. As i dont know what info is needed, i just did a report on my whole motherboard which contins info about - motherboard, BIOS, chipset.

    I just thought i'd give as much ino as possible regarding my pc. I hope its sufficient.

    Advice appreciated

    EDIT -
    i hope i have attached the Everest report correctly

    Last edited by scrambler; 01-03-2006 at 04:57 AM.

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    Your attachment isn't working.
    I blame Rossco.

    Physically installing the drive will probably not be the problem...hooking it to the motherboard will.
    If you already have two drives, there is one IDE slot filled.
    If you have two optical drives the second IDE is used up and you have no place left for the new HDD to connect.
    I'm assuming your PC does not support SATA, so you have no more storage drive options open.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    ah fook

    i did a check and your right, i dont have an extra IDE slot. [Its the ribbon thingy isnt it from the motherboard to the drives?] One IDE is used for my rom and writer and the other is used for my current two drives.

    Isnt there any such a thing as erm an IDE thingummy that will enable me to connect to 4 in 1? I dont know whether my pc supports SATA or not.

    So basically, cos i have both my IDE slots taken up, there's no hope for me in getting another hard drive except for an external one???

    I'll copy and paste the Everest attachment. [I had problems when i tried to attach it as although it was uploaded, it just said "close window" and i couldnt properly attach it to the thread but saw it in the attachments bit under my profile]

    can you tell me whether my pc supports sata then???

    Thanks for reply clocker


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  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
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    If you already have two opticals and two hard drives then you are full up.
    You could add a PCI host card but that is awkward and clunky.

    Maybe just replace the 80GB with a newer, bigger drive?
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker
    Maybe just replace the 80GB with a newer, bigger drive?
    Or take our the cd-rom, unless it's dvd.
    In that case you could buy a dvd writer and remove both the rom AND cd writer, leaving you with one extra space.

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #6
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    Excellent idea.

    I still blame you for his non-working attachment though.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    i currently have a dvd rom and a dvd writer. if i take out the dvd rom, then erm, i cant read dvds/cds right??? Can all writers play dvds? or is that just for combo ones?


  8. Software & Hardware   -   #8
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    All writers can read.

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
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    Even Adster?
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker
    Even Adster?
    Yup. But poorly.

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