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New internal hard drive compatibility

  1. #1


    India
    Posts : 25
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    New internal hard drive compatibility


    Hi..I want to buy a new internal hard drive. The PC is quite old and custom made. The details of the motherboard and the current hard drive as per "Speccy" is given below. Kindly inform if there are any technicalities that need to be taken care of while buying the new drive to ensure compatibility. Thank you.

    Motherboard
    Intel Corporation DG31PR (J3E1)
    Hard Drives
    149GB Seagate ST3160215AS ATA Device (SATA)
    Form Factor 3.5"
    Heads 16
    Cylinders 16383
    SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
    Device type Fixed
    ATA Standard ATA/ATAPI-7
    LBA Size 48-bit LBA
    Features S.M.A.R.T., NCQ
    Transfer Mode SATA II
    Interface SATA
    Capacity 149GB

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  2. #2


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi vvs,

    there are some things to check out before buying a new internal HDD.

    1. Decide of you want to buy a SSD or HDD drive. A SSD is fast and expensive and very good as an OS drive. A HDD drive is cheap with lots of digital space and perfect for storing files (like movies).
    2. Decide the size of the HDD you will need. A common SSD file size is mostly 120 - 256 GB. A common HDD file size is 2 TB (2000 GB).
    3. Since you have an older motherboard you should check if you have the latest BIOS drivers. You will need them to connect large HDD's (2 TB up).
    4. Decide your budget and buy a new HDD. If you stick to the 'big names' you are always ok. A good SSD is the "Samsung 830/840 series" and the "Crucial M4". Good HDD's are the ones from "Western Digital" and "Seagate".


    Good luck with it!
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  3. #3


    Depending your budget, you have a few options. Personally if you can swing it, I'd go for an SSD, nothing less than a 256 GB. That would put a lot of zip and pep into you old system. The second thing I would add would be some faster RAM, being DDR2 it's going to cost more than DDR3.

    After looking at your specs you might want to consider doing a complete rebuild since that system is getting quite old. IMO, I think a complete rebuild would be better than upgrading a few internal hardware.
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  4. #4


    India
    Posts : 25
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you Der Snoober and bassfisher6522 for your valuable comments. As the system is quite old as I mentioned, I would just like to keep it running somehow rather than make it super efficient. So I think a HDD of about 1 TB would suffice. I actually wanted to know if there are some specifications that need to be ensured while buying the HDD to make it compatible with my old motherboard. Thanks.

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  5. #5


    Just make sure what type of connection you HDD makes to your mobo, that you get the same type...IDE, PATA or SATA. Also check to see if the HDD controller can accept a HDD of that size. Some older mobo's have limits to the size of HDD's you can install.
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  6. #6


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    From your first post:
    SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
    Just make sure you get a 'SATA II' hard drive, an IDE hard drive has a different connector and won't work.
    Those are the two choices you will find. IDE are getting hard to find these days, but they are still available.
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  7. #7


    India
    Posts : 25
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you Dave76 and bassfisher6522.
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  8. #8


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    From your first post:
    SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
    Just make sure you get a 'SATA II' hard drive, an IDE hard drive has a different connector and won't work.
    Those are the two choices you will find. IDE are getting hard to find these days, but they are still available.
    Hi there
    you can get IDE===>SATA adapters so you can use an IDE connector for your SATA drive. (Or the other way around SATA===>IDE).

    The issue you'll probably come up against with your older Mobo and PSU is that all (or most of) the power connectors will be the 4 pin type which is different from the SATA power connector.

    Here again cheap adapters come to the rescue -- shown below in screen shot.

    Finally on these older Mobos you don't really want to try using 3TB and larger disks -- it can be a dog to get these to work.

    What I've done is to group several 500 GB HDD's together and set them up as 2 TB "Spanned drives". -- This works fine for my file server -- the system simply treats the 4 physical drives as ONE big disk drive - so you don't need any fiddling around in the BIOS -- the OS takes care of the "Spanning" and 500GB drives are a doddle for even quite old computers to handle.

    Here's a screen shot of spanning on another computer -- two physical drives that Windows treats as a Single entity -- great for large multi-media libraries so you aren't limited to the size of one volume --most of the music type of libraries tend to restrict you to a single volume. - Back up regularly though as the DISADVANTAGE of spanning is that if one volume fails then the whole group fails -- but IMO HDD's are fairly robust and very rarely fail on computers that are left on continuous running most of the time


    Nothing wrong in keeping an older computer running if it's cost effective to do so -- I'm using a really old machine where I've added a load of HDD's as a file / printer / multi-media server. It doesn't need a huge amount of memory or even a particularly fast CPU -- it's just a bog standard FILE server. It doesn't even have a screen connected - and has been running for ages now -- the only time it gets booted up is when I've changed the hardware by swapping for larger capacity disks.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #9


    India
    Posts : 25
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks Jimbo45 for the information on the adapters and how to add multiple HDD's together, though in my case just one 1TB HDD would be sufficient.
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