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:
... but the HD output is this:
In case you can't see it, it basically is a rectangle.
The old one had an output like this:
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?
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.)
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. :)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.