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What Internal Hard Drive Do I look for?

by VoxyLady / August 14, 2010 3:31 PM PDT

I bought a computer 5 years ago, it has a 160G HD in it and it's time for me to upgrade to a larger capacity as this one has slowed down so much so I don't use it anymore. I am running 2G of RAM on XP Home OS, it is an Intel 4 Pentium Clone. I am not sure what HD I should be asking for. How do I check to see if it is SATA capable

Thanks for your help

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Check and verify
by Willy / August 14, 2010 7:33 PM PDT

To find out what type of connection you have, check your manual for that port. -OR- google away for examples of HD replacements cables. Of course, match what you find when you open system case to what you have. If you use EIDE now but have SATA ports unused, go SATA.

There are only a few HD makers now, really all will do fine. I only recommend you do stay away from Maxror brand(enuf said). Further, you should consider at least 500gb or better. 1tb is becoming common, but its up to you. Anything bigger is definitely in your choice range, but if you lived happy for 5yrs. with a 160gb HD, even a 500gb'er is a big plus.

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Loaded HDD
by Phil Crase / August 14, 2010 11:33 PM PDT

You could get yourself an external HDD, transfer the files/pics etc., then clean up your internal drive. A system that old would not likely be SATA capable.

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Like WIlly suggested ...you could check your system manual,
by VAPCMD / August 15, 2010 12:10 AM PDT

open the case (to see the drive) or download and run HDTune. HDTune will tell you the drive model number and from there you can go to the mfg's website and get all the info you need.

Question is .... do you have your data backed up somewhere and have you tried any of the cleanup routines to eliminate programs and files that may be slowing your system down?


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more information might help
by wb2001 / August 15, 2010 2:05 PM PDT

What is the "used" vs "free space" on this hard drive? Have you ever performed any hard drive maintenance.
All of these are performance issues: ie: check disk, disk cleanup, disk defragement?

Not knowing your comfort level, do you know how to:
Migrate data? Clone a drive? Ever looked inside your computer case?
Is the hard drive cable EIDE/IDE/PATA (flat grey ribbon data cable and separate 4 wire molex power plug) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA
or the newer cable for Sata?

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