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#1 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:41 PM

Hello all,

Can anyone tell how I can determine if I can successfully install a SATA hard drive on my system without opening it up???

Thanks for all your advice,

Darren

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 05:50 PM

Do you have a spare PCI slot? If so, you could always install a SATA expansion card, even if your mobo does not have SATA support currently.

Is that what you mean?
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#3 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:36 PM

yes...thank you for your reply...will there be any difference in speed or performance compared with if the drive was plugged directly into the mobo...also how much should I expect to pay for an expansion SATA card? Lastly will there be any bios updates required to make such an upgrade possible?

Although it was not in my initial post, if I did open the shell to look at the mobo, I believe I need to find a more modern, thinner port on the mobo to which the drive is attached but where would this be found? I am sure you will be asking the brand of mobo which is VIA Technologies model P4M266A...

Thanks so much for your time and thank you to all others in advance who provide their valuable input on this topic.

Darren

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:40 PM

I found this site SATA which may be of great help to other clueless browsers like me...thanks again all of you I look forward to your inputs...

Darren




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