Will new hd work with my hardware?

February 15, 2009 at 16:41:42
Specs: WinXP pro, sempron
Hi, I'm planning to get a new hard drive and I was looking at a 1000 gig drive but I'm not sure if it's compatible with my hardware.I use 2 older computers. One is a Pentium 3, coppermine on an Asus P3B-F board, chipset i440bx/zx. The other one is a socket 754 sempron 3000 on an ECS 761gx-m754 motherboard. It's fine if the hd is only compatible with 1 computer since I am just going to use it as backup. Would a 1000 gig hd be compatible with either computer? Would I need to partition it in any specific way? I was planning on just making the 1 partition. My OS is WinXP Pro. Thanks

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February 15, 2009 at 20:43:20
The ASUS board won't support HDD's larger than 137GB without a controller card but the ECS board *should* be able to support the 1TB HDD.

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February 16, 2009 at 13:51:37
Thanks, I thought the Asus wouldn't support it. What type of controller card would I need?

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February 16, 2009 at 21:17:22
The type of controller type is dependent on what motherboard slots are available and what interface the hard drive is.

Most common type of controller card is PCI based. The hard drive is most likely SATA II type. Buying a SATA II capable controller card can get expensive. Most PCI based SATA controller cards only run at SATA I speeds. That shouldn't be an issue if you verify the drive is backward compatible. Not all are.

The SATA controllers on the 754 board are also SATA I. As I stated, not all drives are backward compatible. I kind of doubt a 1TB SATA drive will have a SATA I mode jumper. Probably will be ONLY SATA II.

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