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Chris

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#1 11 years ago

We're trying to install a new HD into my brother's PC, but there is a problem. The wires that connected his old HD to the computer itself look like this:

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... but the HD output is this:

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In case you can't see it, it basically is a rectangle.

The old one had an output like this:

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And in case you can't see that, it's basically a load of pins in 2 rows.

How can I fit the new one?




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#2 11 years ago

That's a Serial-ATA port. You'll need to use a SATA cable to connect that drive. (Assuming that your brother's motherboard supports SATA.)




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#3 11 years ago

If it doesn't you'll either need a SATA PCI card or send the drive back. Learning to read may also help prevent future incidents. :)




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#4 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3551535Learning to read may also help prevent future incidents. :)

I guess that's just a lack of technical knowledge rather of reading skills ^^ One who wouldn't know that there are different connectics (I hope that's the right word in english :hmm: ) for HDDs might just not think about it and buy the first one that seems to fit his needs (that is, basically, storage room).




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#5 11 years ago

I'm not the n00b in the equation here. ;)

My dad bought it when I was away in London.

And I'm terrible with HDs, it's software that's my forté.




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#6 11 years ago

There's only two common types lol. Do you have a SATA port on your board? Buying a SATA card probably isn't worth it unless the company won't let you return it.




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#7 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3552591Do you have a SATA port on your board?

Asre you askin if I have a connector that will fit into the HD?

If so, no.




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#8 11 years ago

I'd keep the drive and get a SATA card. Won't help performance any (not that SATA really does in the first place, but whatever), but PATA ports are getting hard to find. A SATA drive will be easier to move into a new system sometime in the future.




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#9 11 years ago

Most boards still have 2 IDE ports and all the UK stores I use stock as many IDE drives as they stock SATA? A lot of SATA cards are ruddy expensive too, which doesn't help matters much.

Yes Chris, that was what I asked lol. :p




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#10 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3552875Most boards still have 2 IDE ports and all the UK stores I use stock as many IDE drives as they stock SATA? A lot of SATA cards are ruddy expensive too, which doesn't help matters much.

Bass-ackwards Brits :D

Most modern boards only have one PATA port. I'm not even sure if the newest chipsets even have a second channel any longer. And now Lite-On is marketing affordable SATA optical drives. It's only a matter of time...

SATA controller cards start at $15 or so over here, without RAID.

'Course, it would work to just return the HDD. If they'll take it back.




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