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Hard Drive Compatibility

By Witzy0070
May 4, 2009
  1. Hello all, this is my first post here so if it's in the wrong spot my apologies!

    Ok, I know a decent amount about computers that I wanted to upgrade my Hard Drive, I currently have a puny Western Digital WDC WD300BB-32AUA1 (WD-WMA6W1966775). I'd like to replace it but not sure if it's ATA or SATA, I believe it's a ATA as it has the wide ribbon cable. If so, what are possible upgrades? For example, I'm looking for a minimal of 80GB. Don't care about much else... Also, I no longer have my Windows CDs so when I install a new hard drive I don't feel like blowing more money on buying a new OS. How can I avoid this?

    Thanks a ton, all info would be great!

    EDIT

    Is it even possible to just add another hard drive??
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,074   +84 Staff Member

    SATA HDD: http://www.800hightech.com/product_images/th_comp_214.jpg
    SATA Cable: http://sierra-cables.com/SATA/Images/SATA-Signal-Cable-1.jpg

    PATA HDD: http://educations.newegg.com/category/14/how1/image04.jpg
    PATA Cable: http://www.short-circuit.com/images/products/cables/ide-cable.jpg

    It sounds as though you currently are using a PATA HDD. To purchase your new HDD, it's in your best interest to establish whether or not your motherboard has SATA host adapters. If it does, purchase a SATA drive, otherwise PATA.

    You can indeed avoid reinstalling your OS, by cloning your drive. Quite a few paid/free software is capable of doing it these days, I'm sure you'll find something you like if you Google.

    Yes it's quite possible to add a new drive as a replacement for your old drive and in addition to all existing drives.
     
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