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Some Hard Drive Questions

By B1gC72 ·
I just bought a 1.5TB HDD from Newegg.com (only $129, jump on that!) but I'm almost certain my PC does not have connectors for SATA cables. I'm wondering if there is any type of adapter available that would allow me to attach a SATA cable to an IDE register? im not really worried about the speed lose right now, just want to know if i can get it working when it gets here. alternatively, i'll just buy an enclosure for it.

this leads me to my next question, im updating my PC some (more RAM, Video Card, new HD) since i dont really have $1000+ right now with school and all to throw at a new desktop. i know the video card will be fine but if i stick the hard drive in my old PC (either internally or in an external enclosure), will i have to reformat it when i move it to my new PC (internal) when i purchase it sometime next year? im going to put alot of crap on this drive so i would rather not format it when i move it. (again, i know an external drive would solve all this but i would rather have it internal).

thanks in advance!

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Yes but it needs to be an expansion card.

by LarryD4 In reply to Some Hard Drive Questions

Their are plenty of PCI SATA expansion cards on the market.

But you will need to use an expansion slot, You can't convert and use the same ATA cable.

Try one of these sites and just search on PCI SATA expansion card

www.cyberguys.com
www.tigerdirect.com

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Internal Or External

by TheChas In reply to Some Hard Drive Questions

You could install this drive as either in internal drive or an external drive.

As stated, you can get a PCI to SATA adapter card from a number of sources.

If your present PC has USB 2.0 ports, you can also install the drive into an external hard drive case.

As to formatting, if your present PC has Windows XP, I would format this as a NTFS volume. It will still be compatible with any PC you purchase next year.

Personally, if I was installing this as an internal drive, I would be inclined to set up the drive as an Extended DOS partition and configure multiple logical drives. I would use the different drives like different file cabinets for different types of data. It can make things easier to find and back up.

Here is an article that goes over different partition strategies.

http://www.aumha.org/a/parts.htm

To set up partitions in XP, open control panel, administrative tools, computer management. Then click on disk management and set up your drive.

You must create your partitions and then any logical drives before you can format the drives.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that XP and Vista limit FAT32 partitions created using disk manager to 32GB. That would be a whole lot of logical drives on a 1.5TB drive.

As you are concerned about the data you will be storing on this drive, what are your plans for backing up your files?

The simplest way for large drives is an additional external drive. Make periodic backups of your files and store the backup drive in a safe place.

Chas

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thanks everyone

by B1gC72 In reply to Some Hard Drive Questions

everyone has been really helpful and i think im going to go with the PCI to SATA adaptor. that will take my last PCI slot though :_(. the drive will be shared over my home netork anyway so it didnt need to be external mainly for that reason. plus this adapters seem to be a cheaper solution as im having trouble finding an enclosure that will support 1.5TB which i didnt even realize would be a problem lol.

but thanks again, you guys came through as usual. his really is the best site for tech support. never asked a question on here i ddnt get a great answer to.

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You could really thank them by marking posts as helpful

by IC-IT In reply to thanks everyone

Plus the next person asking a similiar question may benefit. ;-)

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you're right

by B1gC72 In reply to You could really thank th ...

yea i wrote that last post from my smartphone during class. my phone was being pretty unruly by that point so i was gonna mark them helpful when i left class from a real computer but i went to work and forgot about it. anyway, thanks for reminding me, helpful marks all around!

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Thanks

by IC-IT In reply to you're right

I didn't deserve one but they did. :-)
Thanks again.

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you're right

by B1gC72 In reply to You could really thank th ...

yea i wrote that last post from my smartphone during class. my phone was being pretty unruly by that point so i was gonna mark them helpful when i left class from a real computer but i went to work and forgot about it. anyway, thanks for reminding me, helpful marks all around!

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