I have an IBM ThinkCentre A50p 8195-26U, circa 2002, running Windows XP Home Edition. About two years ago I did a major upgrade: I cloned the 80 GB drive to a 500 GB drive and swapped them out, added RAM, swapped out both optical drives for DVD-RWs, installed a USB 2.0/Firewire board and put a hub in the spare floppy bay, plus some other minor tweaks.
The hard disc that came with the computer was EIDE (also known as PATA), and that's what I replaced it with. But EIDE drives are getting harder to find, at least at reasonable prices. Most places are pushing SATA drives -- which are also available in larger capacities than the EIDE drives. If I upgrade the drive again it would be very convenient if I could use a SATA drive.
I noticed in the documentation for my computer (not much more than an illustration of the motherboard with the major parts labeled) that there was a connection for a SATA cable. I also verified that the connector was there when I had the case open.
Does anyone know what I would need to do to install a SATA drive to replace my existing EIDE drive? (Besides clone the content and get a cable.) Would I have to change anything in the BIOS, or would the computer recognize the new drive when it boots up?
I know this is a pretty specialized question, but I figured this might be the right crowd.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by Capn Easy, 31 December 2008 - 05:50 PM.