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Old hard drive failed

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July 9, 2010 10:36:13 PM

My old hard drive failed. So I have to buy a new one. I know SATA works. Willl this one work fine?

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a c 98 G Storage
July 10, 2010 12:05:38 AM

Your link is bad...try again.

First of all, what motherboard do you have?

If the mobo is dated pre-2003, drives over 137GB MAY NOT work on it. But I beleive SATA came after that, even SATA I.

SATA II drives are backwards compatible, with a jumper setting, to go down to SATA I 1.5Gbps from SATA II 3.0Gbps.

Try or

If you only have SATA I, no need to get the "best" SATA II drives, as the "throttle down" will hinder them all. So any drive will be good: Samsung, Seagate, or Western Digital.

Can't tell you a size until I know if your board supports 48-bit LBA for drives over 137GB.

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July 10, 2010 12:31:58 AM

I have an HP pavillion from like 2207 or 2008 i think.
a c 329 G Storage
July 10, 2010 2:35:17 AM

Do NOT worry about HDD's over 137 GB. ALL SATA drives and controllers have 48-bit LBA Support included.

foscooter pointed out your mobo MIGHT have only the first version of SATA controllers, but if it was bought in 2007 or '08, you are more likely to have SATA II (i.e., 3.0 Gb/s communication speed). So SATA II drive are fine for you. With standard mechanical HDD's there is NO advantage to SATA 6.0 Gb/s, because no mechanical drive can even get up to the previous SATA 3.0 Gb/s speed. SATA 6.0 is useful now only for SSD units - solid state, VERY fast, VERY expensive per GB.
a c 98 G Storage
July 10, 2010 8:24:25 PM

^+1 Agree!

And maybe it's me, but the link still doesn't work. It takes me to ChiefValue, but not the drive page.That's okay. We got him going in the right direction.
a c 98 G Storage
July 10, 2010 8:34:31 PM

You are right, the link doesn't work anymore - worked earlier when copied and pasted in the ID bar
a b G Storage
July 11, 2010 12:32:01 AM

Western Digital is my hard disk. Works fine so far., Nice place to purchase new hdd.

if there is any data loss in the old disk you want to restore, i would recommend
July 11, 2010 3:28:11 AM

yay WD!!!
July 12, 2010 8:08:56 PM

thanks for all the help guys and that link did die the night I posted it like right after haha. But I bought a 1.5TB instead of 2 because it was a lot cheaper. Hopefully that fixes my computers problem.