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By littlewoodhull ·
Upgrading an old HP Vectra VLi8 hard drive. Taken out is an 8.4 GB AT disk drive. HP says I can put in up to 65GB ATA. What do I need to get? ATA, EIDE, SATA I don't understand this stuff!

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by BFilmFan In reply to replacement disk drive

A good explanation of hard disk technology is covered at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/resources/DriveCompatibilityguide.asp

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to replacement disk drive

Well HP isn't overly willing to share much from their Web Site but from the looks of things you'll be wanting a conventional IDE Drive which can be called a EIDE, IDE, ATA or PATA depending on who is selling the things.

As the stated upper limit is 65 GIG I would be looking at a 40 GIG drive as they go from 40 to 80 GIG capacity and it's very unlikely that the 80 GIG unit will work properly so go with what will work and it's at least 5 times the size of your old drive anyway so you shouldn't need anything bigger.

Col

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by NZ_Justice In reply to replacement disk drive

you need to get ATA

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by wlbowers In reply to replacement disk drive

ATA, ATA-2, EIDE, and IDE are based on the same format.

As the ATA format improved they gave each improvement a new name.

Just get an IDE drive. Your machine is to old for a SATA. that is a serial ATA interface.

Lee

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