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Is it possible to install a new internal hard drive on an old 2004 system running XP?

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February 18, 2014 5:38:55 PM

Hi guys. The HDD in my old 2004 desktop has finally died I think (error: unable to read file [I think]) and as I am unable to fund a new system, was wondering if I could just plonk a new internal HDD in it instead? The motherboard supports internal and external sata (what's the difference?). Would there be conflicts? Does the power supply need to be a certain voltage or something?
Any advice would be appreciated.
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February 18, 2014 5:50:03 PM

Assuming you have the OS install media, and you don't get a drive too large...sure.
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February 18, 2014 5:50:39 PM

You can install a new hard drive, you just better have a Windows installation disk.
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February 18, 2014 5:52:50 PM

All new HDD are SATA port based.

All you have to do is plonk the SATA connector of Power supply to HDD and connect the HDD To Sata port on Motherboard.

The power supply will not be a problem.

HDDs barely take any power.

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February 18, 2014 5:53:23 PM

The only limits on the number of HDDs you can cram in a system are the number of available (S)ATA ports, power cables and power from the PSU.

If your system uses ATA, you probably have two connectors on your motherboard for those, which would let you plug in up to four ATA devices. You will probably also have 2-4 SATA connectors for an additional 2-4 SATA drives.
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February 18, 2014 6:50:24 PM

USAFRet said:
Assuming you have the OS install media, and you don't get a drive too large...sure.


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February 18, 2014 6:53:35 PM

I have the original xp disk of thats what you mean? And what's your idea of too large? 1tb?
Will the HDD need drivers? Just don't know if the old motherboard and xp will freak if there's a new futuristic kid on the block.

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February 18, 2014 7:00:36 PM

1. XP disk and activation key

2. Does the motherboard have SATA ports, or only IDE ports?

3. It is a decade old....something else may die soon

4. You really, really need to stop using XP soon. No more security updates after April 8.
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February 18, 2014 8:28:57 PM

USAFRet said:
1. XP disk and activation key

2. Does the motherboard have SATA ports, or only IDE ports?

3. It is a decade old....something else may die soon

4. You really, really need to stop using XP soon. No more security updates after April 8.


Hi, thanks for responding. Yes I have disk + key and mb has 3 IDE's and 4 SATA's. Tower isn't connected to Internet so security isn't a problem. Oh how I would LOVE to upgrade but I simply can't afford it. I'm guessing it's cheaper to build but with so much hardware out there and so many incompatibilities I'd imagine, that I wouldn't know where to start.
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February 18, 2014 8:56:17 PM

tenaciousgirl said:
USAFRet said:
1. XP disk and activation key

2. Does the motherboard have SATA ports, or only IDE ports?

3. It is a decade old....something else may die soon

4. You really, really need to stop using XP soon. No more security updates after April 8.


Hi, thanks for responding. Yes I have disk + key and mb has 3 IDE's and 4 SATA's. Tower isn't connected to Internet so security isn't a problem. Oh how I would LOVE to upgrade but I simply can't afford it. I'm guessing it's cheaper to build but with so much hardware out there and so many incompatibilities I'd imagine, that I wouldn't know where to start.


This is the best place to start:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
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February 18, 2014 9:58:27 PM

USAFRet said:
tenaciousgirl said:
USAFRet said:
1. XP disk and activation key

2. Does the motherboard have SATA ports, or only IDE ports?

3. It is a decade old....something else may die soon

4. You really, really need to stop using XP soon. No more security updates after April 8.


Hi, thanks for responding. Yes I have disk + key and mb has 3 IDE's and 4 SATA's. Tower isn't connected to Internet so security isn't a problem. Oh how I would LOVE to upgrade but I simply can't afford it. I'm guessing it's cheaper to build but with so much hardware out there and so many incompatibilities I'd imagine, that I wouldn't know where to start.


This is the best place to start:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...

Cheers very much! :-)

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