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getting new internal harddrive

by askkak / August 10, 2011 7:35 AM PDT

getting sick of waiting to transfer files to my external hdd, so i am getting an internal hdd, thinking of getting a about 2TB hdd for about £60 any suggestion? brand? i am basically just use it for hd movies, so i guess read/write speed is not important.

if there anything to look for to make sure my it will fit my pc? like sata 1,2, or 3 or ide? how do you check? and they are all physically the same size right?

i got a packardbell imedia a5518, window 7, corsair 450w i think but maybe 550w.

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Remember this does not mean NO BACKUP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2011 7:40 AM PDT

I see it should take a 3.5 inch standard SATA drive but you sound like this is storage with NO BACKUP.

Folk learn fast what happens next.

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Remember this does not mean NO BACKUP? ehh?what you mean?
by askkak / August 10, 2011 6:38 PM PDT

i dont really need to back up, btw what you say standard sata, does that mean it doesnt matter with sata1,2 and 3?

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SATA jumper
by Willy / August 10, 2011 8:10 PM PDT

Check the device mgr. and then find your current HD, note the model#. Then find the specs on that HD type and duplicate that for your new HD. Regardless, any new HD should have a jumper to match the SATA needs for best operation of 1,2 or 3. Your HD i/f will decide that and NO you can't input the higher setting, it won't be accepted or become problematic. If you like visit the HD brand you plan to buy and find specs and what it all details, etc..

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Rarely matters.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 11, 2011 1:08 AM PDT

I've tried all 3 types on all three interfaces and it doesn't feel much different from one to the next. Yes the benchmarks show a little more where you suspect but if anyone writes it's so much faster you begin to wonder.

You can over analyze or you could install a new drive and use it.

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by askkak / August 11, 2011 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Rarely matters.

it say it is a ata device which i check device manager, does that mean it will fit with sata hdd?

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Well ATA is one thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 11, 2011 1:29 AM PDT
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That's the software protocol and commands over some physical interface.

What I did was look at the packardbell imedia a5518 and find out what physical connections it had. I'm guessing no one else did that given the replies so far (sorry if that upsets anyone.)

As to your question, it would confuse most if I wrote the answer so I should not answer that. I hope this does not upset you. I'm a little lost as to why you don't open the side panel and look.

ATA is used on both PATA and SATA interfaces:


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device info
by Willy / August 11, 2011 7:57 AM PDT
In reply to: ata

Since you're using Win7, it will report X-model#. Now, you look or google for that same model# and it ID's 100% what it is. You then match or find compatible HD. I would think that's a simple process of comparison. No guessing, you now what you have and need to look for. Otherwise, open case and have HD "in hand" and locate decal/sticker and then find similar.

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