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Old 05-22-2010, 04:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, well as you know in my last post ive been wanting to install my other hard drive onto this computer, however when i went and had a look both of the SATA sockets were used up my CD Drive and my HDD is using it, so now im stuck with a problem.

Do i take the old hdd out, put the new one in and install windows 7 and have about 70GB extra space, or is there something i can buy to increase the number of SATA sockets?
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Yes - a SATA controller. Newegg.com - PCI Card, IDE Controller, Controller Card, RAID Card, ATA Card, SATA Card, RAID Controller
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Oh wonderful, thats brilliant, is there anything i should look out for? in terms of compatibility or are they usually all compatible with all PCI Express motherboards.
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Yes, it should be compatible. If you want, an SATA bridge will give you backwards compatibility with IDE.
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Just make sure you have an open slot for whatever it uses, remembering that a PCIe-x2 card, for example, will fit in any PCIe-x2/4/8/16 slot.
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