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Hard Drive - Motherboard Compatibility

Q: Hard Drive - Motherboard Compatibility

I have a Motherboard that is supposed to be SATA 150 ready. However, the HD I bought is a SATA 300 one. Will the HD work?

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A: Hard Drive - Motherboard Compatibility

ftgml said:

I have a Motherboard that is supposed to be SATA 150 ready. However, the HD I bought is a SATA 300 one. Will the HD work?
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Will it work, most of the time yes. If the drive is not compatible at a 3Gb. transfer speed you should be able to put a jumper on the drive to limit the transfer rate to 1.5Gb. and it should work.

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I have an Asus Z170M-E D3 and a Hardware compatibility list that I downloaded from Asus.com. My 3TB WD EZRZ isn't on that list. Does that mean I can't or shouldn't use it?

A:Hard drives and Motherboard Compatibility

Very possibly, have heard of issues with older or slightly older BIOSes not supporting 3TB and larger drives. You can only give it a try or maybe check with ASUS for a BIOS update.

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Okay basically a while ago i formatted and then installed ubuntu on an old laptop because a virus had messed up windows pretty bad. after a while the hard drive turned completely un-usable and wouldn't even boot. so i decided to try to frankenstien together something at least functional using a hard drive from another of my old laptops. Now my problem is that when i try to start up the laptop i get as far as the windows xp startup screen when it seems to crash and restart, there is a brief blue screen with an error code reading:

STOP: 0X0000007E (0XC0000005,0XF789C756,0XF7AA7430,0XF7AA712C)

the laptop will run in safe mode but i don't have any of the driver installation discs that it asks for.

That's as much information as i can think of, any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Hard drive compatibility

How did you install XP on the old hard drive?

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Is the WD 6TB 7200 RPM SATA III 128MB Cache Enterprise HD (WD 6001FSYZ) compatilble with the Z240 running 64-bit Windows 7?

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Hello, I have a 2014 HP Phoenix H9-1420T. I'm getting error messages that I have searched and according to the HP website I need to replace the hard drive soon. I am looking for a good replacement hard drive and I wanted to know if Seagate - 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops - Multi would be a good choice. I use the computer for work daily and light gaming (sims 4). If this is not good could you please recommend something? Thanks for your help! 

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I need to get a 2.5" external hard drive enclosure but all of the ones I see online don't list Vista as a compatible OS. Every other OS is listed - except Vista. Am I safe in getting one that doesn't list Vista?

A:hard drive compatibility

Almost without a doubt and especially if they work on XP. Some just need to update their specs or ads .

After you pick one, go to the manufacturer's site to be positive.

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I'm building a new computer, would it be possible for me to have 2 harddrives of different rpms. Say 1 hard drive is 300 gig 7200 rpm and another hard drive of 75 gig 10000 rpm. Would it cause any system instability when accessing files from both drives?

A:hard drive compatibility

No, only if files from both drives are needed by the same application, then the 7200 RPM drive will slow the operation a bit. Don't bother getting an old 10kRPM drive, like the WD Raptor, go for the new velociraptor if you want speed. Also, it's not worth it to spend more on the hard drive than on the CPU and RAM (their total price)...

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I'm wanting to upgrade my thinkpad z60m hard drive. I want to install a Seagate Momentus 160 gb hard drive NCQ interface. I'm wondering if this would be compatible with my system as I currently have a toshiba 40 gb hard drive 150Gbit/s. Do I need a jumper or do I just install it? I haven't bought the hard drive yet because I want to make sure that it will work well with my system. Hope someone could help me with this. Thank You!


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A:Hard Drive Compatibility

Just install the drive and enjoy...as long as it's SATA, it will work just fine.

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Hello, I am thinking about upgrading my computer with an SSD. I'm wondering if there is a reason which could make it work with my motherboard. The hard drive I'm planning to buy is M.2 and my motherboard is MSI H110m Pro-D. Thanks in advance!

Also, I'm not a fluent English speaker so if something was not understandable please let me know

A:Is there something such as hard drive compatibility?

As long it can plug in into your motherboard, then there will be no problems. See this article : https://www.groovypost.com/howto/install-nvme-m2-ssd-hard-drive/

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Hi! May I just ask, is the Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS Drive compatible with my Pavilion g4-2129tx? I've just installed this drive and windows, and have been encountering BSOD's a few times now. Someone with the same experience? Thanks a lot.

A:Hard drive compatibility

HI. If the blue screen has been to the root of the placement of the new SSD, quitted and factory test, it is likely that there the failure .. that there is some incompatibility in the.  Regards.

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Hi, I currently have a Medion PC with XP home and P4 2.40ghz processor.

My hard drive is broken and I need a new one, which ones are compatible? any?
The broken hard drive is a Seagate model No. ST340810A9 40GB

Has anybody got any suggestions please?

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Hello all, this is my first post here so if it's in the wrong spot my apologies!

Ok, I know a decent amount about computers that I wanted to upgrade my Hard Drive, I currently have a puny Western Digital WDC WD300BB-32AUA1 (WD-WMA6W1966775). I'd like to replace it but not sure if it's ATA or SATA, I believe it's a ATA as it has the wide ribbon cable. If so, what are possible upgrades? For example, I'm looking for a minimal of 80GB. Don't care about much else... Also, I no longer have my Windows CDs so when I install a new hard drive I don't feel like blowing more money on buying a new OS. How can I avoid this?

Thanks a ton, all info would be great!


Is it even possible to just add another hard drive??

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I'm planning to make a back-up of most of my documents (something I've been putting off for years) so I'm looking for a good external hard drive, that's simple to use, not too big, and has a good amount of storage space.

The problem is, I have an older computer, specifically a Windows XP (Service Pack 3). So I need some advice.

I've found two hard drives at a reasonable price, but I don't know if they're compatible with my computer.

Seagate 1.5TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive - STEA1500400
Seagate 3TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive - STEA3000400

These are my questions:
I've been doing some research about them and I've been getting conflicting information. Some sites say it works with Windows XP, while others say it requires Windows 7 or newer. So, will these hard drives even work with my computer?
I've also read that a Windows XP won't be able to save to a full 3TB limit and can only save 2TB maximum on an external hard drive. Is this true? If so, would I be better off purchasing the 1.5TB hard drive (assuming it even works with Windows XP)?
Lastly, I was wondering how reliable external hard drives are. I'm worried that something I copy to the hard drive will record incorrectly and end up corrupted, or the hard drive will suddenly die after only a year or two.

Any advice / recommendations will be appreciated.


- Unlucky Pete

A:Hard Drive Compatibility

I'm pretty sure XP has a 2TB limit, at least with MBR partitioning, as GPT partitioning has support for MUCH larger sizes, but it isn't compatible, AFAIK, with Windows XP.

I would get a 1-2TB hard drive and buy a SEPARATE USB EXTERNAL ENCLOSURE. The number one problem a lot of people have is that the controllers go bad in those external drives rendering the drive essentially useless, to an extent anyway.

With an enclosure, you can pull out the drive and physically connect to the inside of the computer to pull off the data, should the controller fail in it.

Keep in mind hard drives are NOT permanent , long time storage. They DO and WILL FAIL, no matter how well they are taken care of. It's just a question of WHEN. So in your situation, you would want to do "ROUTINE" backups often to a few different storage devices. So that if one DID fail, you're not out a year or more's worth of data.

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I am working on upgrading a friends computer. It is a Presario 5000 Model 5WB220 with a UltraDMA IDE 5400 rpm 15 GB hard drive.

I have a 40 GB Ultra ATA100 7200 rpm hard drive.

Tech support for Compaq said I could only install a 5400 rpm drive. Based on other's comments of their "quality service," I thought I'd double check with some of the experts here.

I think the drive will work down because it will be limited to 5400 rpm which is what the motherboard (per Compaq) recognizes.

Will this work or not???

A:Hard drive compatibility

Sure, it will work. The motherboard is not concerned with the drives RPM. I've got a 7462 Compaq,(a little older thans yours) and it took a 40 gig 7200 with no problems.

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I need help figuring out the best hard drive to use to upgrade my laptop. I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 and my hard drive has died. The hard drive's specs are as follows.
Size: 160 GB
Form Factor: 2.5
Height: 9.5mm
Interface: SATA
Rotational Speed: 5400 rpm
Cache: 8 MB

The hard drive that I am contemplating getting is a Hitachi (Part #: DMH0A50940). It's specs are as follows.
Capacity: 200 GB
Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
Cache: 16 MB
Interface: SATA 150
Height: 9.5mm
Form Factor: 2.5

My question is wheither the Hitachi is compatible and if anyone knows a better hard drive to use as an upgrade?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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is my hard drive compatible with this.. /ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+, Onboard Video,Sound, GB LAN/.. motherboard the hard drive is this.. /Western Digital 320GB WD3200AAJB-00J3A0/..I don't know how to tell. Thought someone from here could help out thanks.

A:Solved: hard drive compatibility

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So I was recently told that upgrading my hard drive may help increase performance.

My current hard drive is:

Size: 500 GB
Interface: SATA
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM

I have another computer that went out on me. The bios got bricked when doing a system restore on windows 8. So I sold off the ram, and the processor in the computer. Since I know neither would be compatible with my system.

However I do wonder about the hard drive.

It actually came with a SATA hard drive, but it was 1.5 TB.

I'm curious to learn more about upgrading hard drives. I'm interested in learning:

1: What type of hard drives would be good bang for your bucks for upgrading. How much of an increase in performance I should expect from each hard drive.

2: I currently have about 150 GB worth of stuff on my computer. I only have 100 GB free. How much does free space play into how well the hard drive runs? Is there a certain amount of space where the hard drive starts really slowing down (for example, if I'm only down to 30 GB it may start to get much slower)

3: I'm assuming if I move a hard drive in it won't boot up properly or work immediately. I'll maybe have to boot from a usb drive and then wipe the hard drive out? Then install windows? Just how that process works.

Thanks! I really appreciate all the wisdom I've gotten off of here. The knowledge given to me here has been extremely practical to me and very useful, and saved me hundreds.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility with different computers

We'd need to know the make, model number, and size of any hard drive you have to properly comment on them.

Generally, the faster performance comes from 7200 RPM SATA drives made in the last 3 or 4 years. These drives will have high areal density and high capacity per platter--often 1 gb per platter. Western Digital "Black" drives and the most recent Seagate models are fast.

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Quote: Originally Posted by zomboromano

1: What type of hard drives would be good bang for your bucks for upgrading. How much of an increase in performance I should expect from each hard drive.

Hard drive speed will have an effect only on operations that actually involve the disc. Fast drives generally are no substitute for a fast CPU.

2: I currently have about 150 GB worth of stuff on my computer. I only have 100 GB free. How much does free space play into how well the hard drive runs? Is there a certain amount of space where the hard drive starts really slowing down (for example, if I'm only down to 30 GB it may start to get much slower)

I've generally heard somewhere like 10 to 15 percent free space before it becomes noticeable. You are nowhere near that crowded. I've never noticed any slowdown on my drives due to space issues.

3: I'm assuming if I move a hard drive in it won't boot up properly or work immediately. I'll maybe have to boot from a usb drive and then wipe the har... Read more

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Can I take the hard drive out of a T500 and install it into a B570 that has a failing Hard Drive?
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue and corrected model number.

A:B570 Hard Drive Compatibility

Hi Zathrus1,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
Generally that would have same specification for the B570 storage so it would be worth a try.
As soon as the BIOS detect it that it can be operable but there is no guarantee current Windows would work as it may need Windows reinstallation on the new build in some cases.
Hope this help answer your query.

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I have a hard drive that has Windows installed on it! Now if I remove that windows installed hard drive from the current pc it is in and put it in another pc, will the hard disk and the os that is installed on it function like they used to? Or does it not work entirely?

A:Hard drive compatibility doubts!

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Hello guys,I am about to buy this acer laptop http://www.darty.com/nav/achat/informatique/ordinateur_portable-portable/portable/acer_aspire_v3-372... but i would like to upgrade my ram and hard drive(prolly into a ssd) in the near future when i can afford it so i would like to know how much ram does my laptop support and if it can take ssd and also which type in both cases. Thank you in advance!

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Hey there. Im currently thinking of exchanging this PC for a better one. And since i have an enormous ammount of Programs installed, it would definitly be quite a hassle to install them all again.
Im wondering if i can just take this Hard Drive and insert it onto the other computer. Are there any compatibility problems with certain motherboards? Or OS? Seeing as my current OS is XP, and the new one will be Windows 7 :/

Are there any other ways of just transferring all of our programs, and making the whole process alot faster and easier?

Thank You =)

A:Hard Drive Insertion/Compatibility

There's no upgrade path to Win7 from XP, and programs can't be transferred in most cases.

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I have an external hard drive that worked with my PC. Looking to switch to a Mac but the hard drive was not able to be saved to when used on another Mac. How can I transfer all of my files to a drive compatible with a Mac?

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I have an Acer Aspire model 5532. I just purchased another Acer Aspire model 5349. If I took the hard drive from the 5532 and installed it in the 5349 would it create any issues. This hard drive already has my programs on it. Was thinking it would be easier than re-loading the programs on the new one.

A:Laptop Hard drive compatibility

Chances are it won't work. The drivers are likely to be different, and the OS is probably tied to the original machine.
Bite the bullet and reinstall your apps.

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Ok i am new to making computers and i have a Q.

the hard drive i want says: Interface - Ultra ATA-100

my mobo says: Hard Drive Types -

so will the "Ultra"ATA-100
work with the mobo?

A:Question about hard drive compatibility

Yes it will work just fine.

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Hi, I know This workstation can take a 2.5" SSD or Hard Drive. I also know it can take a PCI-e NVMe M.2 SSD drive. My question is can it also take a M.2 2280 SATA Drive? Also besides 2280 form factor what other numbers form factors it can take.

A:HP ZBook G3 15 Hard Drive Compatibility

Hi, For your two questions: Please use  HP Z Turbo Drive 256 GB, M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive or larger (capacity) only. Why go to M.2 SATA when it uses PCIe GEN3X4 interface ?I think it only has one hole for the M.2 2280, other size may not have hole for a screw to keep it in place.Note: You can use the following parts: 1-TB, Z Turbo drive PCIe                            840951-001512-GB, Z Turbo Drive, PCIe                         840950-001256-GB, Z Turbo Drive, PCIe                         840949-001256-GB, SATA-3, self-encrypting drive (SED), OPAL 2 840948-001128-GB, TLC                                         846386-001 Regards.

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I am looking at buying an external hard drive for my computer. I am running Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 8400 computer. Is there a specific list of hard drives I can find that are compatible with this model, or are all external hard drives compatible with it?

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I need help about Hard drive compatiablity.
My mother board says its 32bit Enhanced PCI IDE controller with ULTRA DMA/33 function.

Can I install a harddrive that is ULTRA DMA/66 or 100 ?

A:Buying a new hard drive/compatibility

Yes you can, but it will run at the speed of the controller on your motherboard. You can always upgrade to an add on ATA/100 or 133 controller. You need to also check if your BIOS will support a larger hard drive.

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I was wondering if I can replace the 16GB ssd in my HP mini 1000 with a 120GB HDD. I found one on eBay with a zif connector but will it be compatible with the hardware in the laptop? The interface is ATA-7, is it the same as the mini?

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Hi..I want to buy a new internal hard drive. The PC is quite old and custom made. The details of the motherboard and the current hard drive as per "Speccy" is given below. Kindly inform if there are any technicalities that need to be taken care of while buying the new drive to ensure compatibility. Thank you.

Intel Corporation DG31PR (J3E1)
Hard Drives
149GB Seagate ST3160215AS ATA Device (SATA)
Form Factor 3.5"
Heads 16
Cylinders 16383
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA/ATAPI-7
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Features S.M.A.R.T., NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA II
Interface SATA
Capacity 149GB

A:New internal hard drive compatibility

Hi vvs,

there are some things to check out before buying a new internal HDD.

1. Decide of you want to buy a SSD or HDD drive. A SSD is fast and expensive and very good as an OS drive. A HDD drive is cheap with lots of digital space and perfect for storing files (like movies).
2. Decide the size of the HDD you will need. A common SSD file size is mostly 120 - 256 GB. A common HDD file size is 2 TB (2000 GB).
3. Since you have an older motherboard you should check if you have the latest BIOS drivers. You will need them to connect large HDD's (2 TB up).
4. Decide your budget and buy a new HDD. If you stick to the 'big names' you are always ok. A good SSD is the "Samsung 830/840 series" and the "Crucial M4". Good HDD's are the ones from "Western Digital" and "Seagate".
Good luck with it!

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My system has following Hard drive
313GB Seagate ST3320613AS ATA Device (SATA)44 ?C
which has become corrupt, I want to change it what specifications should I see when buying a new hard drive? thanks

A:Which Hard Drive to buy, Are there any compatibility issues.

Thanks to some natural disasters in Asia, this isn't the best time to be buying a HDD, but then again, you probably aren't in a position to wait. Any SATA hard drive would be fine. Your computer doesn't have SATA 6.0 connectors yet, so you don't necessarily need to buy a drive that's at that speed. However, given the age of your computer, if you plan to upgrade soon, you might as well go with an SATA 6.0 (aka SATA III) drive. This way, you can use it in a new computer at full speed.

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The drive in my daughter's Thinkpad T21 has died.

The dead drive is ATA/ATAPI-5, UDMA 4, ie 66Mb max. I think that's the most that the IDE controller can cope with.

My question is, if I buy a faster ATAPI-6 disk drive to replace it, will it work? Or is this only true for some ATAPI-6 dard drives?

Thanks is advance.


A:Solved: Hard drive backwards compatibility

ATA-6 drives will work, they are backward compatible. With the latest BIOS update the laptop should support up to a 120GB drive.

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My computer currently has two 250GB SATA hard drives in a RAID configuration. I have a lot of digital music and want to put that on two external hard drives in order to keep it separate and portable. I have decided to buy internal hard drives and plug them into cases to turn them into external drives. I have already ordered a Seagate 200GB Ultra ATA/100 8MB Buffer Retail Kit, which I think I can just plug into one of the cases that I have ordered and then plug it into the computer (since it is a kit and comes with the necessary software and everything). However, for the second drive I have found a good deal on a Maxtor Ultra 16 PATA 250GB internal hard drive. This second one is NOT a retail kit, so here are my following questions:

1) Will all of these drives be compatible together?
2) The Maxtor, since it isn't a retail kit, doesn't come with any software. Will that one be just as easy as slipping it into the case and plugging it into the computer, or will it take something else?

Thank you so much for all your help!

A:Need help adding hard drive space (compatibility and how-to)

Unless your using the drives in a RAID configuration there shouldn't be any conflict at all.
The oem version won't be a problem you will not need any software to install it( windows should recognize and format/partition it). but if you want to use Mfg's drive software ,just download it from them.

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I recently installed a new hard drive. My first hard drive is c:d:e:, and my other f:g:h:. I went into device manager (using safe mode in Windows 95) and deleted all the disk drive partitions. Dont ask why? And in trying to fix this problem deleted all my hard disk controllers also. Now PIIIx Bus Mastering PCI IDE controller has a resource conflict with the Standard IDE/ESDI hard disk controller. In the registry there is nothing wrong. Its all plug n play so i dont know what to do. I went back to safe mode and it showed primary and secondary controllers but the bus mastering still had exclamation point and all the partitioned disk drives were gone..... In trying to add new hardware I got error Msgsrv32 and Rundll32. I was able to add another Standard IDE/ESDI hard disk controller but it didnt do any good... My computer is an IBM Aptiva 2159 166mhz Windows95 4.00.950.a I also followed windows help in troubleshooting hardware conflicts and said basically it couldnt help me. Someone Please Help Me! Thank You

A:hard drive running in msdos compatibility

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I purchased a SATA drive enclosure a while ago:


I want to get another drive for one of our desktops, and image/clone it, the same part number that's in the desktop now:


Is there anything other than the enclosure being SATA that I need to be mindful of, regarding compatibility?


A:Hard Drive/Enclosure Compatibility Question

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I am repairing a laptop that needs a new hard drive. The owner has purchased a new hard drive except its serial ata like the old one. I need to know if there is some kind of connector/converter on the market that converts the type. I looked on newegg.com and this is what I found. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186007

But the problem is that's too big for the little space I have on this aleinware. I need something like that except for latops. Anybody help me?

A:Laptop Hard Drive Compatibility Problem

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I'm building a comp 4 the first time, [I've only spent all my money on instruments the last couple yrs. ] and so I don't really know EVERYTHING there is to know about hardware...
Anywayz, I was lookin 4 hard drives on the net, and I found a 100 GB (refurbished ) one, 7200 rpm, and some other good stuff I can't remember for reel cheap. Well, I also saw that it had UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access; of course you didn't need to know that because either you already do, or you can't answer my question ), and that brought up a question that I'd been thinkin bout 4 a looong time --- the compatibility of hard drives.
So in short, my question(s?) is: Are all hard drives universal? And if not, what components does your hard drive type rely on to comply with? (I'm guessing the motherboard @ least)
[BTW, I have researched the topic, so I at least know what UDMA is much beyond the definition]

Oh, and 1 more thing: "UDMA/100 (downward compatible to UDMA/66 and 33)"

^^ Right off the site ^^

100, 66, and 33 are mhz or what?


First: NEVER buy a refurbished HD... better a new one; your data has no price. Second: If we are talking about interfaces/technologies, there are two, uncompatible between them: IDE (EIDE for the purist) and SCSI. The most common hd are of the first type. In this case, a UDMA-capable drive needs a UDMA-capable motherboard, at the same level (note that also this is known as Ultra-ATA): 33, 66 and 100 (the numbers refer to the theoretical max. transfer rate, in Mbits/s). BUT, they're compatible backwards: I can attach a UDMA-100 hd to a motherboard that is UDMA-33 capable, and it will work. So, in resume, they're compatible, as long as they're IDE drives. How to know? Data connector has 40 pins.

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I am interested in getting a second hard dirve for my Gateway 1.7GHz machine (about 3 years old). I currently have a 120Gig drive. How can I determine if my bios will handle a hard drive larger than the 120Gig either as a primary or secondary drive? Based on the MS KB article (Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 303013, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;303013) there could also be problem with XP home ed. Also are there any websites devoted to hard drives and the differences between them

Also any suggestions as to a hard drive to buy. I am looking at Maxtor and Western Digital 200-260Gig drives. Should I get a ATA, Ultra-ATA or SATA drive and what are the differences between them and compatibility issues.

I know I have asked a lot of questions but hopefully they are easy to answer because I am really confused.

A:Hard drive compatibility with BIOS and XP Home

First off, if you want to be safe, buy a 120gb drive, make it a slave and you should be happy for a long time. If you want a larger drive, the you should check your bios Mfg and see if it supports larger drives. Next if your system doesn't support Ultra-ATA or SATA, you will need to purchase a PCI card to support these environments. The best solution will still be a 120gb drive as a slave.


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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/mainboard/ecs-945p-a-i945p.html ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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I also posted this in the Win95/98/Me section but figured I might as well post here too.

Well here is a weird one. I have an older machine with Intel Trition chipset. The primary onboard ide has an older 4gig Maxtor and no slave. The secondary onboard ide has Syquest Ez-Drive as primary and CD-Rom as secondary. No problems for years.

Decided to add a larger hard drive as primary master (Western Digital 20gig) and move the Maxtor as primary slave. I used Migrate Easy to copy the Maxtor partition to the Western Digital. I set jumpers correctly on each drive but when both drives are attached to the primary ide cable, device manager shows drives are running in MS-Dos Compatibility mode. If I look at the controller under device manager, I get a yellow exclamation mark under one of the items. If I hook up just ONE drive (either the Maxtor or Western Digital), there are no problems, but if I try hooking the 2 drives to the cable in any combination, I keep getting the Compatibility Mode problem.

I read the various Microsoft Knowledge Base articles about this problem but found nothing that seemed to help. Anybody out there have any ideas as to why merely adding a second hard drive to the primary cable creates this problem?

A:Hard drive problem (MS-DOS compatibility mode with Win98SE)

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The hard drive on my Pavilion dv6-6108us is failing and I need to replace that baby asap. I would like to look into SATA drives and SSD. How do I look for a compatible drive for my system? Any suggestions out there. Thanks for any help.

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hey guys well here is some info..sorry its not much but im scared the random shutdowns will damage my components.

i got a 1.6ghz Amd athlon socket a 467
windows xp pro
512mb ram
250gb WD ide hard drive 7200 rpm

my computer turns off randomly i think it might be because of the heat it reaches up to 35 celsius within 10 mins. i had it since like 2002 or 03. i uses a 400 watt psu. i replaced the cpu fan recently with a coolmaster cpu fan and it seem to be a few degree lower but it still shuts down randomly.

I plan on getting a new psu but unsure which features i would need. I plan on going with a seasonic brand. I just want a psu that will be compatible with my old ide hard drive. Can i hook up my ide and if i buy a sata hard drive together ? sorry guys if this is a stupid question

thanks in advance for your help

A:PSU replacement and hard drive compatibility for OLD 1.6ghz athlon socket a

I do not recommend mixing IDE with SATA - especially with older motherboards. There are some compatibility concerns with older controllers and boards.
For a PSU, google PSU calculator, add 30% to the results and buy quality.

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..

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I'm having trouble with my new system.

The system is as follows:

Asus P5N-D (nForce 750i)
Intel E8500 (Core 2 Duo @ 3.16 ghz, not overclocked)
4 gb of Ram (2 x 2gb)
XFX nVidia 9800 GTX+ 512mb - Latest Drivers
Samsung 500gb SATA HD
LG Optical Drive on ATAPI port
Corsair 650w PSU
External 750gb HDD on USB interface
Vista x64 SP1 w/ all Updates

I'm getting these errors in my system log (from disk or nvstor64):

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0.

A parity error was detected on \Device\RaidPort1.

Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort1, was issued.

I don't use a RAID - I'm running the Samsung 500gb drive that came with the system, but this sounds like either a bad motherboard or a bad hard drive. I'm not willing to go out and buy a motherboard and/or a hard drive to see if that's the problem so I'm hoping you can help. Please let me know how we can work this out, ASAP. I bought a nice, new fast gaming PC, so I'd like to actually play a few games.

I've ripped out and reinstalled the nForce drivers several times, including using DriverCleaner in Safe Mode to really get rid of them. I've installed the previous version of the nForce drivers. I've disabled command queing and write caching. I've tried another SATA port on the motherboard.

I've opened a topic on the iBuyPower forum (where I bought the system recently) in case there's more info there that might help:

http://www.i... Read more

A:Motherboard or Hard Drive?

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Hey guess i'm new but we'll save that.

So my laptop (compaq presario, 1.5 years old) was running very slow and choppy i ended up defrag etc. and ended up getting the blue screens of death. It was at the point the computer would work for 5-10 mins then BSOD. SOOO I reformatted totally wiped the hard drive etc. and did a fresh install of xp home (i was running pro before). Anyway, that went fine and I thought I was in the clear. Next thing I know same thing same BSOD:

0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8244CDA0, 0x8244CF14, 0x805C749A)

While this happend for awhile, i began to get upset. Now the laptop is doing the PXE-E61 check media cable blah blah....

Long story short..I took it to get serviced..they told me nothing was wrong with ram OR the hard drive (wow thanks)

Then out of spite I took it somewhere else; the guy there basically just used an HD of his and installed XP and said..well it looks like a new HD is what you need. Tried that, but when I installed it...I still couldnt' get passed the media cable errors (which he didn't even have).

Yes i've tried changing boot orders etc.

Weird thing is..sometimes it will load windows...othertimes it won't? And usually when I try to install windows it says no hard disk found blah blah F3 to exit

Furthermore, in bios 9/10 times it will say NO IDE found for the diagnostic test, and only one or two times have I been able to run the test, both times giving an error something along the lines ... Read more

A:hard drive? or motherboard?

Well, if you replaced the HD and it still doesn't work right..

It could be a bad connection. Does your laptop use some kind of a tray or an adaptor for the hard drive? It may not give good contact. Maybe get another one?

I have also seen a ThinkPad that would lose the HD if you didn't bend the corner of the laptop right. Took it to the repair shop and had them re-solder all the hard drive connectors. Fixed it.

And yes, it could be plain bad HD controller.

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My one-year-old out-of-warranty HP Pavillion dv1000 laptop (Windows XP Home) has been slow or unable to reboot, so I'm trying to diagnose it and figure out if I just need a new hard drive (where can I find instructions on upgrading a hard drive on this laptop?) or have to replace the whole laptop with a new one.

One of the problems found was the hard drive was in PIO mode, so I had to repeatedly switch it back to DMA mode (using the DMA-to-PIO registry hack or remounting the hard drive). This occurred weekly until I ran SpinRite, then it stayed in DMA mode for a month.

What I think is relevant from my Event Viewer Log include:

atapi event 9s: The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout
atapi event 11s: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0.
a single atapi event 26: The driver has detected that device \Device\Ide\IdePort0
has old or out-of-date firmware. Reduced performance may result. [I think this may
just be a generic message when it gets too many errors]
cdrom event 7: The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block.
disk event 51: An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging
disk event 7: The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.
ftdisk event 57: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption
may occur.

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A:Hard drive vs. Motherboard

It could be a bad drive, a bad connection or a bad controller.

Ideally, you would take the drive out of your laptop and test it with the manufacturer diagnostic utility.

In reality, you could just take the drive out, clean the contacts, put it back in and do the diagnostics in this computer.

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I have a Dell XPS 4100 running Windows XP Pro with 2 hard drives 1)Western Digital(master) 2)Seagate(slave) both are 80 gig 7200 rpm. The problem I am having is this: When trying to access my Seagate drive a box popped up saying the drive needed to be formatted. It was already formatted to NTFS. When I tried to format another message said it could not be formatted. To make a long story short I somehow eventually was able to format the Seagate drive. Now when I boot up I get a message saying this drive needs to run check disk, which it does and then continues booting. I can write files to the drive but when I try to access them the PC will sometimes freeze. I purchased this drive about 6 months ago because a previous drive went bad. Can my motherboard be the cause of my drive issues? Thank you

A:Bad Motherboard or Hard Drive

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In PCs anything is possible, but I don't think the mobo causes it.
Rather, check the cables and the jumper-settings on the harddisks.
Those HDs would prefer a 80-wire flat-cable, rather than a 40-wire cable.
Check that the colourcoded connectors correspond to the instructions. Check that the red control-band is on the side of the connector where pin 1 is. Check all power-connectors.
Try another IDE-cable if you have it (or borrow one).
The first (WD) should be set to Master (or Master with Slave present), not to Cable-select. The second (Seagate) should be set to Slave, again not Cable-select.
Check in the BIOS that both HDs are recognised, write down their parameters.

In the Storage & Networking forum is a "sticky", get the HD-util for Seagate from there and run it.

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