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Old 04-03-06, 02:34 PM
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Really simple hard drive question

I'm going from an older Dell (EIDE system) to a newer Dell (Serial ATA according to the site).

The inside of the Dell will/should have at least one more SATA jack I would hope. Or do they come with a IDE for a slave drive, or ???

I've not bought a PC for a long time,a nd just want to make sure I get the right kind of HDD for it.


ITs a Dell E510 if it matters
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Most likely it will have two SATA ports on the motherboard and a single IDE controller (for your CD/DVD drive). If you're thinking of adding a second hard drive, I would suggest going the SATA route.
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Thats what I thought, and was what I was planning on doing. I just wanted to be sure before buying.
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Originally Posted by Thunderball
Thats what I thought, and was what I was planning on doing. I just wanted to be sure before buying.
Hey T-ball, if you still want to use the old drive for backup or whatever - grab a Venus IDE USB 2.0 Enclosure off Newegg for it for $30. I've got one, and it's pretty fast, runs quite cool (has a fan under the drive) and quiet...and I've got all my stuff backed up.
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SATA is not much faster than PATA according to maximum pc's most recent tests.

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