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#1 jimlau

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:29 AM

is it hard for a novice to replace a hard drive? not somuch the mechanical part, but the bios stuff and formatting and re-installing windows xp? i have a used computer, so i do not have a windows xp installation cd, so i'm not sure how i would load windows.

i currently have a WD 80 GB 7200 RPM SATA II Hard Drive With 8 MB Cache. would any SATA hard drive be compatible?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:36 AM

SATA is universal. Any SATA drive will work in your computer.

There is only one problem, and that is if both the drive space is huge and your motherboard is old. If both of those things occur, the drive will still WORK, but its capacity might be reported as being lower. If that happens, you'll need to flash your bios, but only if you even needed the extra space in the first place.

Why do you need to replace the hard drive? The computer will have space for more than one hard drive.
If you have no Windows installation disc, you have two options.

1. Clone the drive. Windows has anti-piracy features that will prevent it from working if you change the motherboard. If you don't change your motherboard, cloning the drive should work for you. (If your hard drive is dead, this is not an option for you).

2. Install a modern GNU/Linux distro such as Ubuntu, Mint, or Debian. :)

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:04 AM

What is the make and model of this computer?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:23 AM

actually, for several reasons, i realize i need to use an external hard drive. i have 1 that is usb 3.0 comnpatible. my computer is not. What is the best way to increase the hard drive performance? A PCI Express eSATA Controller Card with usb 3.0 connectors?

I have a Gateway E-4500S desktop with:

•One PCI Express ×16
•One PCI Express ×1
•Two PCI 2.3

Not sure which to use, and I'm not sure if a new card would automatically fit. I would have to remove a card, right, so that physcial space opens up on the exterior of the computer to make room for the new usb connection sites?

Thanks.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 12:29 PM

Your computer has USB 2.0 ports. USB 3.0 is backward compatible with the 2.0.

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