Internal Hard Drive Advice. Pata Ide

The wife's 80gb hard drive is getting full now and I'm looking to replace it.

As its pata, what's the best way to go about it. i.e get a sata and use converters or just fit another pata.

She already has an external drive thats used for backups so really need to get a larger internal drive.

Any advice or deal info would be great,

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sata will need a card in a slot, not converters

better off buying another pata drive

You may find sata drives are much cheaper than pata. Assuming the pc is not going to have issues with the HDD size, I would say go for a sata + converter. If there is little or no difference in what you have available to you stick to pata.

I'd get a big PATA drive. Make sure it's Seagate or Maxtor and you can transfer everything for free - no tedious reinstallation of everything.

Make sure there's enough space and install Drive Wizard (seagate.com/www…ard)

Temporarily install the new drive as the slave (Check links and correct plug)

Run discwizard and transfer the disk contents to the new drive, automatically resizing the partition as you go.

Shutdown, take out the old drive, make the new one the master (Check links and correct plug).

Reboot.

Job's a good'un.

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Thanks guys, I will try an get pata then if possible. Can the new drive use the ribbon cable that goes to the dvd drive for transferring. If not as my hard drive cable has only 1 plug, would getting a cable with 2 plugs work. Failing that I have an empty 3.5" enclosure.

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gavjbrown;8019670

Thanks guys, I will try an get pata then if possible. Can the new drive … Thanks guys, I will try an get pata then if possible. Can the new drive use the ribbon cable that goes to the dvd drive for transferring. If not as my hard drive cable has only 1 plug, would getting a cable with 2 plugs work. Failing that I have an empty 3.5" enclosure.



see if people are selling ide drives in FS/FT they go pretty cheap.

if the ribbon has two ports on it then yes. you may have to disconnect your optical drive if thats connected via IDE. you should probably just use the enclosure. probably easier (as you wont have to undo the pc to get the 80gb back out)

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bykergrove;8019819

see if people are selling ide drives in FS/FT they go pretty cheap.if the … see if people are selling ide drives in FS/FT they go pretty cheap.if the ribbon has two ports on it then yes. you may have to disconnect your optical drive if thats connected via IDE. you should probably just use the enclosure. probably easier (as you wont have to undo the pc to get the 80gb back out)



Does I need it to be 7200rpm and 8mb

I have a 160gb on that came out of a PVR. How would I know if thats suitable.

Thanks

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gavjbrown;8019870

Does I need it to be 7200rpm and 8mbI have a 160gb on that came out of a … Does I need it to be 7200rpm and 8mbI have a 160gb on that came out of a PVR. How would I know if thats suitable.Thanks



dude that one will be fine. if its the same physical size as the 80gb one and has an ide port then it will work. you will just need to format it then install windows ect then put your data from the old drive onto it.

OR if there is a free IDE slot then dont take out the 80gb one... leave that in and install the 160gb one using the extra slot on the ribbon and use it as a second drive. that way your wife can continue to use the pc as it is and not have to reinstall everything and she can put all her data on the new drive

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bykergrove;8019906

dude that one will be fine. if its the same physical size as the 80gb one … dude that one will be fine. if its the same physical size as the 80gb one and has an ide port then it will work. you will just need to format it then install windows ect then put your data from the old drive onto it.OR if there is a free IDE slot then dont take out the 80gb one... leave that in and install the 160gb one using the extra slot on the ribbon and use it as a second drive. that way your wife can continue to use the pc as it is and not have to reinstall everything and she can put all her data on the new drive



I dont know what specs the pvr drive is. I was just asking if the new one needs to be 7200rpm and 8gb minimum

Thanks

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gavjbrown;8019974

I dont know what specs the pvr drive is. I was just asking if the new one … I dont know what specs the pvr drive is. I was just asking if the new one needs to be 7200rpm and 8gb minimumThanks



no it doesnt need to be 7200rpm but i suspect that the PVR drive will be. and 8gb? i think you mean 8mb (cache) yes that's fine. mate. i guarantee that if the pvr drive is a desktop drive (3.5" eg same physical form factor as the 80gb one and is also ide/pata) then it will work! :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Good, I will dig it out tomorrow and have a look.

Thanks for the advice

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gavjbrown;8020128

Good, I will dig it out tomorrow and have a look.Thanks for the advice



no problem man! hope you get some brownie points from the missus! :thumbsup:

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Just found it out an googled the part number, its 7200rpm but 2mb. What do you think?. I think I will be using it as the main hd as I would need a caddy to mount it.

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gavjbrown;8020404

Just found it out an googled the part number, its 7200rpm but 2mb. What … Just found it out an googled the part number, its 7200rpm but 2mb. What do you think?. I think I will be using it as the main hd as I would need a caddy to mount it.



can you paste the part number here.

can you clarify the bold bit?

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Instead of keeping the original drive and adding this as a second drive, I plan to remove the original and use this on its own as I dont have a way to mount it without finding a dell caddy bracket. p/s wd160bb-55rda0

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gavjbrown;8020488

Instead of keeping the original drive and adding this as a second drive, … Instead of keeping the original drive and adding this as a second drive, I plan to remove the original and use this on its own as I dont have a way to mount it without finding a dell caddy bracket. p/s wd160bb-55rda0



it will work fine but you'll most likely have to reinstall windows if you are replacing the HDD unless someone posts how to clone/restore your OS (xp i guess)

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bykergrove;8020641

it will work fine but you'll most likely have to reinstall windows if you … it will work fine but you'll most likely have to reinstall windows if you are replacing the HDD unless someone posts how to clone/restore your OS (xp i guess)



I use Norton Ghost once before, so will probably try that again. So you dont think the 2mb buffer will make much difference?.

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gavjbrown;8020752

I use Norton Ghost once before, so will probably try that again. So you … I use Norton Ghost once before, so will probably try that again. So you dont think the 2mb buffer will make much difference?.



no. now install it before i die plz

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dontasciime;8020873

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thanks man :thumbsup:

good luck op let us know how it goes

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bykergrove;8020811

no. now install it before i die plz




lol :whistling:
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