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1 2nd August 04:55
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Default Adding a Second Hard Drive: Hints for the Clueless


This may be a relatively common question...

I'm considering adding a second hard drive (for data-partition usage
only) to my current computer (which currently has a single hard-drive
with multiple partitions), and while I can probably muddle through such
an installation, I'm a bit clueless as to what considerations I might
have to make before deciding:
(1) whether my system will support a second hard drive, and
(2) if there's anything specific that the second hard drive
would need for my system to support it.

This may turn out to be a simple "duh" question, but... I'm more a
programmer than a hardware mechanic, and have little experience working
in the realm of the latter. (In tinkering with a computer's insides,
I've installed RAM into an existing computer, and that's about it.)
I've poked around on the 'Net after this question, and will keep
poking, but am so far not feeling too enlightened. And I don't want to
go buy a drive and find out later that it's the wrong kind for my
existing machine, or some other issue.

My current drive is listed as a "Seagate Alpine 80GB 8MB Cache SATA
Hard Drive."
The motherboard is listed as an "Intel D875PBZ ATX Motherboard."

Any thoughts? Questions? Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks.

- Tom Kiefer
thogek @ earthlink . net
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2 2nd August 04:55
phil barila
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Based on the description below, it certainly will.

Since your first drive is a SATA drive, you'll have much better results with
another SATA drive.

If you want to know more about SATA (Serial ATA) and PATA (Parallel ATA),
search for those terms.

Since you are posting in Microsoft groups, I assume that you are running a
Microsoft OS. Make sure you have the latest service pack and all the
hotfixes if you get one bigger than 120 GB. You should have all that
anyway, but especially if you are using a big drive.


What OS are you running? That's an unusual drive description. Alpine is an
internal name. Is that a demo system?

Phil
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3 7th August 04:03
tom kiefer
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"Phil Barila" <PBarila@Barila.com> wrote :


The names listed above for the drive and mother board are direct from the
Micron PC site where I bought my computer; that's how they have my
computer's parts listed. If there're more common/public terms for the same
units, I don't know how to translate.

My machine was originally bought with Windows XP Pro, but has been rebuilt
using Windows 2003 Server.

Thanks.

- Tom Kiefer
thogek @ earthlink . net
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4 7th August 04:03
phil barila
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I thought you were reading that from Device Mangler. No big deal at all. I
hope the rest of the info was helpful to your decision process.

Your system should handle any SATA drive you put in there. I want a 400GB
myself, but they're not yet available for employee purchase, and I don't
want one bad enough to pay retail... ;-D

Phil
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