Upgrading the hard drive, IDE to SATA

  xquest 23:13 18 Nov 2009

I have a 6 year old desktop with a Maxtor 6Y120P0 IDE 120GB hard drive. This is apparently, the largest IDE drive available.
The motherboard is a GA-7N400 PRO with an AMD Athlon 2600 processor.
I see the user manual for the GA-7N400 PRO shows 2 sockets SATA0 and SATA1 connected to component Sil3112.
Does this mean that I can add a SATA drive ?
Does it perhaps mean I can substitute a SATA drive for the current IDE drive.
In either case can I merely restore my disk image backup (Acronis) to the new drive?
I should be grateful for advice on this.

  Mr Mistoffelees 08:18 19 Nov 2009

A check on the manufacturers website confirms that you can use an SATA drive on your motherboard.

click here

  BT 08:26 19 Nov 2009
  xquest 23:55 20 Nov 2009

Many thanks, folks. That was extremely useful. I shall probably go the upgrade route using a local computer shop (I was thinking of getting a Cube Perseus ST26 in view of the generally good reports elsewhere in Consumerwatch but will probably wait until next year sometime).

  Technotiger 21:22 23 Nov 2009

You can Clone your old drive to the new drive using Acronis - then simply replace the old with the new.

  Technotiger 21:24 23 Nov 2009

Even if you did not have SATA ports on your motherboard, you could still use a SATA hard drive - bi-directional SATA-IDE converters are very cheap and easy to set up.

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