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Sata Pci Card For Windows 2000


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#1 diggyG

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 10:22 AM

Hi,

I have an old computer that I inherited (without any documentation) that I want to use as a media server. I got a 750GB SATA2 HD but now need to install a PCI card for it.

The computer is at least 5 years old, and is running windows 2000.

my question is: what do i need to do to make sure the pci card is compatible with both my hardware and windows 2000?

thanks

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 10:55 AM

You need a SATA controller card...I don't know about promising Win 2K compatibility with such, but you can look at the drivers available for the card and determine if it is compatible with Win 2K.

I have to guess that you are planning to use said drive as storage only, since you have an IDE boot drive with Win 2K.

I have a SATA controller card which I like, http://www.nextag.com/Promise-Technology-P...587/prices-html I like it because it allows me the PATA connection on motherboards where there are no IDE connectors.

Some options which are inexpensive, IMO: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...roller&mnf=

If you wonder about the seeming price discrepancies...IMO, part of that is due to a perceived quality disparity between manufacturers. Promise & Highpoint, IMO, make reliable controller cards which have presented me no problems and are well-documented. But...not everyone needs to think that way :thumbsup:.

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Edited by hamluis, 16 May 2008 - 10:56 AM.


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Posted 16 May 2008 - 11:40 AM

You need a SATA controller card...I don't know about promising Win 2K compatibility with such, but you can look at the drivers available for the card and determine if it is compatible with Win 2K.


The PCI controllers shouldn't have any problems with W2k, all of the ones that I've looked at a compatible.

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 01:51 PM

Note to OP: You must remember that the drive needs a SATA connection to the power supply, just in case you still have the original PS installed. SATA cables are standard on all recent power supplies that have been manufactured.

Thanks to DC3 for comment re compatibility :thumbsup:!

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 02:03 PM

Note to OP: You must remember that the drive needs a SATA connection to the power supply, just in case you still have the original PS installed. SATA cables are standard on all recent power supplies that have been manufactured.

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I hadn't even thought of that. Thanks!

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 02:43 PM

Easily done :thumbsup:.

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