HOW TO SELECT A 2ND HD FOR PC WITH WIN XP PRO?

  SANAP 15:08 06 Dec 2005
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I have decided to get a 2nd HD for PC that has win xp pro on it BUT what type?? And by this I mean do I get a serial ATA type interface or ata 100 interface, whatever this means?

This is the one I selected before spotting the bit about serial ata stuff. Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB UDMA100 7200rpm 8MB at dabs.

It says ata 100 interface. In the DELL book for the pc it mentions serial ata drive with 2 seven pin connectors.

In fact I dont have a clue what to order.

Please help??

sanap

  PaulB2005 15:43 06 Dec 2005

What model Dell do you have?

  SANAP 15:46 06 Dec 2005

Its a DELL dimension 8300 series, bought April 2004.

sanap

  PaulB2005 15:52 06 Dec 2005

If click here is it then you have SATA (Serial ATA).

Ignore any marked with ATA, ATA-33, ATA-66, ATA-100, ATA-133, IDE or E-IDE.

  SANAP 09:50 07 Dec 2005

thank you very much, i have ordered the serial ata.

sanap

  SANAP 16:28 12 Dec 2005

Unfortunately it is not a serial ata drive, I only know becuase when I went to install I looked at existing and it is a maxtor 120gb ata 133. Just my luck. I went to settings and the sata bits are switched off.

Moral of the story check what is installed before u order,

sanap

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