I'd like to buy a 400GB or 500GB HD soon to install in an older computer. I'm putting a lot of multimedia data (pictures from digital camera, recordings from mp3 player with line-in recording (I need a new one, but that's a topic for another thread), archiving old cassettes, and other things, and I'm getting low on space on the current HD in my dad's computer.
It's an older computer, with a 1.4GHz Athlon CPU, 256MB RAM, PATA ports, Windows 2000. We've been stuck with the 137GB limit for a while now. My dad has a 200GB drive, but it's formatted as 127GB right now, with the other 63GB unformatted.
I also have an 80GB HD and a 250GB HD, both of which are fairly full, and neither of which is currently physically installed. The 250G came with a controller, and for a while I was able to use it (with it split into 2 125G partitions), but I've recently had problems: either I don't have drivers for it (since we reinstalled Windows a year or so ago), I can't boot off drives connected to it, or both (I can't remember).
So what do I need to do, with minimal purchase of extra hardware, to be able to install ALL of the hard drives (the 80GB, 200GB, 250GB, and the new one) in the computer at the same time? Is there some bios update I need to do, or install a newer W2k service pack? (Also, there might not be enough bays available for the drives - is there any concern with just laying one or two in the bottom of the case?)
Also, you may have noticed I mentioned we only have 256MB of RAM. This is a serious bottleneck to the performance of this computer. I'd like to put about 1GB in, but how would I find out what kind to get?
If you need more info (for example, open the case, get some part #s off the mobo, HD controller, etc), let me know what info I need to get so we can figure this out.