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I can't use my 80Gb SATA HD


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#1 energyman78

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 09:38 AM

I have an old desktop (5 years old) with a 10 Gb HD and a 1 year old Laptop (40Gb HD)

The other day a friend of mine gave me a new SATA 80Gb HD.

I don't know how to make use of it and I don't want to have to buy a brand new expensive computer JUST so I can use the FREE drive.

Can anyone out there help me?

I was wondering if I could put the new SATA drive in with my old drive and plug it into a PCI slot with a 'host adapter'?
I read on a SEAGATE webpage that you could plug in a SATA HD, but you'd need

"A system with a motherboard that has a Serial ATA connector on it, OR a Serial ATA host adapter and available PCI slot in which to install the adapter."

I have an available PCI slot on my old motherboard, will this be possible?

Can someone help me?

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Cameron Osborne.

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:18 AM

Welcome to BC :thumbsup:

Yes it will be possible to use the new drive but you will need to buy a SATA card to connect the hard drive to.

Here is a link to one with good reviews:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-102-014&depa=0

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:31 AM

Thanks heaps for your info.

So I be connecting the SATA controler card to my motherboard through my spare PCI slot?

I'm getting the feeling that is how I'll connect it!

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:57 AM

Exactly. Plug the card into your spare pci slot and then plug the sata drive into that card.

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 06:08 AM

I don't have a big enough case to house the new HD but might it be possible to house the SATA in an external case and have it hanging or sitting out externally?

What options do I have? I think a new case will be the cheapest, what do you reckon?

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 06:42 AM

I've seen a PCI Serial ATA host controler card in ebay. Is that what I'm looking for?

Sorry to ask you heaps of questions.

But thanks for helping me out.

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 11:25 AM

That is what you need




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