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Old 09-20-2008, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default how can you tell if a hard drive will work with your pc?

i want to buy a bigger internal hard drive as mine is only 40gb but my question is how do i know if it will work with my pc? any help appreciated
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You can tell by the interface. You should be fine with any new IDE hard drive.
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Default Re: how can you tell if a hard drive will work with your pc?

You need to check your motherboard to see what kind of interfaces it supports. Either,

IED (which look like this: AT Attachment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

or SATA (which looks like this: Serial ATA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

So after you have looked at your mother board and know what interfaces it supports you will be able to go out and buy a new hard drive.

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can you tell which i have from this information?

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Default Re: how can you tell if a hard drive will work with your pc?

Real simple. Open it up and look...

If you have a wide thin cable then it is IDE or EIDE. The top of the hard drive will also say IDE or EIDE and the RPM of the drive, as well as if it is ATA 100 or ATA 133.

If you have a thin black cable that has a connector in the shape of an L, then it is SATA. Again the top of the hard drive will tell you this.

After looking at your image you have an IDE drive running at 7200 RPM with a cable speed of 133.

Purchase a similar drive.
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Do you think this one will work with my PC?
Play.com (UK) : Hitachi DeskStar T7K250 / 0A32159 / 250GB / Internal IDE PATA 3.5" Hard Drive : Computing - Free Delivery
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