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Need help updating my comp! Any advice greatly appreciated!

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May 15, 2006 3:40:32 AM

I am building my own computer for the first time and I am trying to figure out some things about the motherboard I want to buy. I am hoping to use some of the things from my old computer on the new one to reduce the cost. I have two harddrives that have worked great for me, one is 120 GB and the other is 200 GB. To reduce cost, I don't want to buy new hard drives since these are only a couple of years old. But the problem seems to be that all the newer motherboards I see on newegg only have SATA connections, not the Ultra ATA 133 connections that my hard drives have. My question is, for hard drives, is Serial ATA no longer supported? Am I going to have to get new hard drives if I am hoping to upgrade my motherboard, processor, memory, and video card? I am hoping to get a Pentium D 930 and all the mobo's compatible with that do not seem to have multiple ATA connections. Thank you in advance for any advice.
May 15, 2006 4:02:43 AM

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I am building my own computer for the first time and I am trying to figure out some things about the motherboard I want to buy. I am hoping to use some of the things from my old computer on the new one to reduce the cost. I have two harddrives that have worked great for me, one is 120 GB and the other is 200 GB. To reduce cost, I don't want to buy new hard drives since these are only a couple of years old. But the problem seems to be that all the newer motherboards I see on newegg only have SATA connections, not the Serial ATA 133 connections that my hard drives have. My question is, for hard drives, is Serial ATA no longer supported? Am I going to have to get new hard drives if I am hoping to upgrade my motherboard, processor, memory, and video card? I am hoping to get a Pentium D 930 and all the mobo's compatible with that do not seem to have multiple ATA connections. Thank you in advance for any advice.


Serial ATA 133? You mean IDE 133? Many mobos have IDE and SATA. some have IDE, SATA I and SATA 2. Drill in Newegg.
May 15, 2006 4:04:44 AM

They make adaptors that you could use. Just be aware that you will most likely have to do a fresh install of Windows on your boot drive (especially if you are using XP)
May 15, 2006 4:24:20 AM

I don't think there are any motherboards that have completely abandoned IDE (ATA133) yet. Don't worry about this.
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