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Old 06-21-06, 06:21 PM
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Noob IDE question

I'm running an older Socket A system that's seriously in need of more harddrive space. I'm currently using an 80Gb and a 20Gb Western Digital Enhanced IDE drives and would like to pull the 20 and add this 320 Gb IDE Ultra HDD.

My motherboard manual says that the board will support UltraDMA/100 drives, but the one I'm looking at is UltraATA100. Should I be worried about compatability?

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You should be fine. You're not running Windows 98, 98SE, or Windows Millenium are you.
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You can also consider get an IDE pci card so you don't have to discard the 20GB. WD used to give those "Promise" card with 200GB HD.
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make sure the bios version will support all 320 gigs
it likely will but there's always the chance
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I'm currently running Windows 2000 Pro, and my motherboard is an ASUS A7S333 made back in 2002. Not ancient, but it's starting to show it's age. I'll have to visit the ASUS's website and check on support. And look into whether I need an IDE card.

As for the 20Gb, I'm thinking I'll backup my system files along with other important data and videos and tuck it away somewhere safe. Or plug it back in if I need more space someday.

Maybe I'm not a complete noob, but still got a lot to learn. Thanks.

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