New Hard Drive

  Abel 15:17 02 Sep 2010

I’ve been asked by a friend who lives some 200 odd miles away, what type of hard drive she needs to buy. Since she’s not familiar with the inside of her computer she’s doesn’t now how to tell me what kind of connection her existing drive has to enable me to tell whether it’s an IDE or SATA. Is there a dummies way of determining this info?


  james105051 15:19 02 Sep 2010

his may help click here

  james105051 15:20 02 Sep 2010

Should be This

  Paddylad 15:34 02 Sep 2010

You could get her to run Belarc Advisor and read it from the result. It's free.

  gengiscant 15:54 02 Sep 2010

As she hasto open her PC case anyway.
A sata connection will look like this click here attached with this type of cable click here
IDE hard drive click here with this type of connection click here

  Abel 17:23 02 Sep 2010

Since I have no great knowledge of my friend's computer ability, it never dawned on me that she might have SIW on her machine. However, she has and by sending me a screen print the drive is revealed as an ATA or IDE.
Thanks to you all that responded. What a lifeline this forum is when you're in computer trouble.


  gazzaho 17:32 02 Sep 2010


This (click here) shows how to install an IDE hard drive so you may want to forward the link to your friend.

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