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Installing a second hard drive

By moonfruit
Nov 24, 2009
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  1. Hi
    I have an aging Emachine E5250 and the hard drive seems to be on the way out (forever clicking and whirring, taking ages to load, freezing up etc) I am looking at getting a new drive and cloning the old one. The current drive is a SATA hard drive and my question is that will a newer SATA drive still be compatible? I have looked around and there seems to be SATA 150, 300, Sata II. As far as I can tell if I install a newer SATA drive and the motherboard isnt compatible it will revert to a slower SATA speed, is this correct? The drive im looking at is this .. Maxtor DIAMONDMAX23 320GB 3.5IN 7200RPM 16MB SATA300.

    Hope this isnt too stupid a question!

    Cheers.
  2. Renegeek

    Renegeek TS Rookie Posts: 96

    Yes a Sata 3 will be compatable with a 1.5. just will run slower

    and when u do a clone copy. it should work, but just remember... during the clone it could give u problems, so u may need to do it a few times...

    the program i would sugest is norton ghost... (or the maxtor cd may have a cloneing software too)


    good luck
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