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Compatable with samsung sp1604n

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December 12, 2010 8:31:20 PM

Hello,
I have to stay with an IDE hard drive with 2mb buffer or what other types of hard drive can I substitute
a c 93 G Storage
December 12, 2010 11:54:26 PM

it depends on the computer's BIOS what the max size can be; however, you can use a 8MB buffer drive.



what kind of computer or motherboard do you have?
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December 13, 2010 1:38:53 AM

Compaq presarioSR1230NX Desktop PC with AMD Base processor and speed

AMD Athlon (B) XP 3200+ 2.2 GHz

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400 MHz front side bus
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Socket A

Chipset

Via KM400A

Motherboard

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ASUS name: A7V8Z-LA
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HP/Compaq name: Kelut-GL6E
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Motherboard specifications
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a c 93 G Storage
December 13, 2010 2:03:41 AM

The A7V8X-LA motherboard is compatible with SATA I hard drives ONLY.

If you purchase a SATA II drive make sure to check the manufacture website / manual and set the jumper speed so the drive is able to operate at 1.5Gb/s.

Also make sure you are running the 3.15 version of the bios.

The bios is restricted as to what SATA options you can set.
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December 13, 2010 2:44:13 AM

So I could install a 160GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive? I thought Eide was thr route I had to take.
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December 13, 2010 2:49:25 AM

What is the most important factor here? 7200RPM;ATA-133;What is the difference between SATA and IDE?
I understand that SATA II is newer and I would have issues using this type of drive.
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a c 93 G Storage
December 13, 2010 2:52:31 AM

Yes you could and probably up to 500GB.

SATA I has a little faster transfer rate
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December 13, 2010 3:08:22 AM

After doing somemore research it seems that an IDE is older.That is what I had correct? With a SATA hd will the cables still mount up? I see talk about SATA using less power and cables are smaller. Do they still have 4 pins? Thanks for all your help!!! I find computers to be so intriguing and easy to work on when you know what you are doing!!!
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December 15, 2010 3:33:26 AM

Best answer selected by fletch_69.
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