sata hard drives

  susiepops 23:29 03 Sep 2007

I currently have an Hitachi ATA hard drive. Can I use a SATA 11 hard drive or are precautions advised on compatibility of motherboard.

  Jak_1 07:31 04 Sep 2007

Unless your mobo is sata enabled then no. IDE cables and sata cables are different.

  susiepops 08:42 04 Sep 2007

Sorry, but I do not understand this.

I already have an ata hard drive installed so would have assumed the mobo is enabled for ata. I have now checked the drive which is an Hitachi Deskstar T7k500 HDT725032VLA360 and, it seems, is SATA 11.

In consequence it seems a little mnore effort on my part would have saved me troubling you folks.

However, I do have one more question. I have seen a number of posts which refer to the need for jumpers which are not supplied. Would I need these with my present situation. I am intending to use a second hard drive for storage only to start with but, when I find out how, will use it to install XP. I have Vista home premium on the existing drive but find it quirky to say the least./

  johndrew 09:38 04 Sep 2007

Have a look at this click here it gives quite a bit of information about SATA drives.

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