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.
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).