How to add a larger hard drive to my old HP

July 3, 2011 at 01:47:38
Specs: Windows xp sp 3, HP 714a Destop
I am looking to install a new large hard drive into my old HP. 714a Desktop

For the purpose of then installing freenas and using it as my, well, NAS. I would like to go up to 1 or 2 TB as I have herd its best to install as much as I can afford so I dont need to do it again for a while. After doing some resurch I think i will have to get a SATA controller card and a SATA hard drive.

Is this correct and the best way to do it?

Also Here are some links to a NZ product website can someone please have a quick read of the products avalible down here and what I should buy.

Im looking at spending between $100 and $150 NZ.

Thank You!!!

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July 3, 2011 at 03:32:58
A SATA PCI Card is the way forward, just ensure the Card has a in-built BIOS Boot, this will then ensure the SATA Drive/Drives are bootable, something like:

Though ensure the chipset is compatible with the software you are installing..

Though to save the hassle you could always store your DATA in the Cloud

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July 7, 2011 at 17:03:55
thank you for taking time to answer. sorry it has tanken so long to get back to you. my bad

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