Hard Disk - Motherboard Compatibility

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May 10, 2011 at 06:52:33
Specs: Windows XP
I have 2 P.C.s as follows

P.C.1 : 865G/GVM3-V (MS -7101 V2.0) M-ATX MicroStar Motherboard
Pentium 4 Dual Core Processor
80 GB WD Hard Disk 1.5 Gb/s
250 Watt Power Supply
Bought in 2006

P.C.2 : M2N68-AM SE2 ASUS Motherboard
ATHALON Processor
250 GB Seagate BARRACUDA 7200.10 Hard Disk 3 Gb/s
400 Watt Power Supply
Bought in 2009

The Hard Disk on P.C.1 has the following thing written on it - 5v ... .48A
12v ... .50A

The Hard Disk on P.C.2 has the following thing written on it - 5v ... .72A
12v ... .52A

Now , I want to install the Hard Disk on P.C. 1 into P.C. 2 & Vice Versa .
However , I am concerned that when I try this out what if there is some spark or short-circuit due to some sort of power-mismatch because of which I end up killing one of the motherboards or Hard Disks . Can I safely just swap the 2 Hard Disks ? Is there any more information I need to give regarding these P.Cs ?

What are the precautions in general that one needs to bear in mind before adding new devices onto a P.C. Or in other words , how does one check whether a certain device will be compatible with a certain system or not ?

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May 10, 2011 at 08:01:29
If both hard drives are the same type of interface I.E. SATA or IDE then don't worry about that. You are talking about less than an Ampere of power consumption, which is minimal.

One of your hard drives runs at 1.5GBPS which means it is a SATA I type and the other is a SATA II type, which is theoretically faster access. In the real world you won't notice much difference.

You do understand that you probably won't be able to boot to a replacement hard drive but if all you are looking to do is add storage capacity then go for it.

Your general question on adding in new hardware and how to determine compatibility would require a lot of space here. There are just too many variables.

Be sure that you unplug your computers before opening the cases and try to ground yourself to discharge any E.S.D. before touching anything inside.

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May 10, 2011 at 08:08:29
So you want to put the faster, higher capacity HDD in the much slower & outdated PC1? And take the slower, lower capacity HDD & put it in the much faster PC2? The voltage specs that you quoted are unimportant to the HDD swap, but I'm curious why you're doing this? You understand that Windows will NOT boot after the swap, right? Each Windows installation is uniquely configured to the system it came from. so when you swap the drives, Windows will detect the hardware changes & refuse to boot. And if you attempt to reinstall Windows (assuming you stick with XP), you're going to need the SATA drivers, not to mention all the rest of the device drivers.

Make sure you know what you're doing.

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