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Help me INSTALL NEW 1 TB Hard Drive PLEASE?

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December 25, 2010 11:27:15 PM

I Need help installing new Western Digital 1 TB HDD SATA II Drive without disturbing existing drives.

I am using a GigaByte UD3P Motherboard.

All drives currently installed:
DRIVE C: CRUCIAL_CT128M225 SSD DRIVE 128 GB [ BOOT Drive ]
DRIVE D: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320620 320 GB 7200 RPM 16 MB
DRIVE F: Maxtor 6L080P0 ATA Device DiamondMax 10 80 GB <--IDE DRIVE
DRIVE H: Seagate USB External HDD 250 GB <-- USB

The NEW HDD is a 'Western Digital WD1001FALS 1TB' 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 2 Internal

SPECS on New Drivere here----> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The section I am reading from can be found here---> http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

START MANUAL SECTION
"Storage Interface South Bridge:
1. 6x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0, GSATA2_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
END OF MANUAL SECTION

Questions:
I need to know if I can simpy put this newest SATA II drive to any unsued SATA 2 cable?
Do I have to remove or move around any drives?
Is there a max supported drives for the motherboard?

Or anything anyone would like to add??

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a b G Storage
December 25, 2010 11:34:32 PM

Yes.
No.
Yes. Number of SATA ports plus 2 IDE devices. My GA-P45-UD3P has 10 SATA ports (one drive per port) and one IDE channel (2 drives).
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a b G Storage
December 26, 2010 3:35:16 AM

No need to move the drives around, drive priority can be set in bios if needed. I would diconnect the USB drive first however, before fitting the new one and plug it back in when you need it.
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December 26, 2010 4:05:46 PM

Just plug and play.
There is a potential for a problem if your computer thinks it's supposed to boot off the new drive. In this case, you'll have to dredge through your BIOS and set the drive priority. It may take some time..
Likely won't be a problem, though.
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