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by dpilot83 / January 30, 2007 7:49 AM PST

Hey, I'll put the basic questions first and then you can read the boring extras if you want.


Motherboard: P4P800 SE (2 X UltraDMA 100/66/33 and 2 X Serial ATA)
Power Supply: Doesn't have Serial ATA power connectors
Current HD: 80 gig WD (using one of the UltraDMA slots)

I want to upgrade to a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 16MB Cache 320GB Hard Drive. Will this hard drive work with an adapter from the four pin power cord to the serial ATA power cord? I heard that some required a 3.3 volt input or something like that. Will I be able to use both my serial Seagate hard drive and the UltraDMA WD hard drive simultaneously? This is important to me as it will make transferring data much easier.


Don't have to read this part:

I know my system can't take advantage of this hard drive. I am trying to get a hard drive of this quality or higher to work with my system so that when I upgrade the rest of the system later I won't have to upgrade the hard drive at the same time. The rest of the upgrade isn't going to happen till the major bugs have been discovered and worked out of Vista though. Until then my current hardware except for the hard drive is good enough for what I do.

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You should be OK
by linkit / January 30, 2007 9:19 AM PST
In reply to: Hard drive upgrade

4-pin molex to SATA power adapter? Yep. Works just fine.

Since HD makers know that the adapters are in common use today, they don't require the 3.3V line that is present in the standard SATA power connectors (without the adapter). If you want more info on this Google: SATA 3.3V power

SATA HDs work just fine in systems with other PATA HDs present.

Download and install the latest SATA driver for your motherboard.

If your motherboard can handle only SATA 1.5Gbps (not 3Gbps), then jumper the SATA drive accordingly.

Enable SATA HD detection in the system BIOS (usually set to "automatic").

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Note that if you install of XP to the SATA drive, you need to provide the SATA/RAID driver to the XP installation program (the F6 procedure). The XP CD doesn't have an SATA driver.

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You should be OK (addendum)
by linkit / January 30, 2007 9:44 AM PST
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by dpilot83 / January 31, 2007 2:59 AM PST

I appreciate the good advice guys. I took the plunge, bought the hard drive (with necessary cables) and also an OEM copy of XP Pro w/ SP2. Should be coming in a few days. Thanks again for the advice. The website was great.

What are the legalities of OEM versions of XP? I know I won't get tech support from MS unless I pay for it but other than that? I built this system myself and bought an OEM version of XP Pro off ebay long even before SP1 came out. In a way I got bit because I have no proof of purchase and I was dumb and didn't take care of the CD and now it's too scratched up to use so I'm having to buy another copy because to get a cheap replacement you have to have proof of purchase, etc. Other than that though I've been able to get updates and everything so it's seemed alright. Is there anything legally or morally wrong with this approach?

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