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October 13, 2011 5:15:18 AM

I have an old computer, probably around 2002. It uses ide ribbons, but without really thinking about it i bought a new hard drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Is there any way this hdd will work?

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a b G Storage
October 13, 2011 5:30:33 AM

i assume you got a sata HD when your MB uses IDE. you can buy this: its the cheapest card i could find on newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

bestbuy also sells these cards, you must make sure you buy a PCI card and not a PCI-E card.
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October 13, 2011 5:42:10 AM

Sadly i'm leaving for college and wouldn't have time to install it before i leave. I'll have to just wipe the original hdd then. It had a virus in the past that deleted the os, so will i need to load the os, then wipe the hd so the virus is gone and then reload the os again?
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a b G Storage
October 13, 2011 5:53:58 AM

Just clean install the HDD, the OS will format the drive and wipe any virus
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October 13, 2011 6:12:29 AM

alright appreciate the help! Thank you.
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October 13, 2011 6:23:41 AM

Best answer selected by Chuglife.
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a b G Storage
October 13, 2011 12:06:59 PM

one thing you could do is use a partition tool to split the current HD you have before you format. backup the data you want to that partition then format and reinstall. its a messy and complicated way to do thigns and you need to make sure you clean your files for viri but it can be done. worth a shot. only adds a few hours to your over all repair time
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