Motherboard arrgggg

By Bossman
Nov 28, 2010
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  1. Hello Gents

    I am installing a new mobo in my sons cusins PC and he has a ide HD and both the cd and dvd players are allso ide i think so my delema is i cant plug in the (OLD) ide HD and the cd and dvd players (There are 2 players) i can only plug in IDE HD by itself or the 2 Players so insted of buy 2 new cd/dvdplayers i was going to install a new sata2 HD

    will this HD work with this Mobo
    WD Caviar WD4000YR 400GB SATA Internal Hard Drive
    link to HD

    Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2H Socket 775 Micro ATX Motherboard, Intel G41 Chipset, Supports 45nm Intel Core 2 Multi-Core Processors, 1333 FSB, Dual Channel DDR2 800, SATA HDD, with Gigabit Ethernet LAN

    link to MOBO

    thank you Gentlemen
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    If you just want to get the box up and running, you can run one harddrive and one optical drive off the single IDE controller (it supports two IDE drives). Select "cable select" on the jumper settings at the rear of both devices.
    It's probably cheaper to pick up a SATA DVD burner if two drives are needed- although most people are quite happy to use a single optical drive.

    And Yes, the WD harddrive is compatible with the board.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    The 400GB HDD you have linked to, is WD's "RAID Edition". These are their finest enterprise class drives, and generally priced accordingly.

    Many who use WD drives, are using the "Caviar Black" series. These are fine specimens, and generally more storage can be had for the same money.

    That said, here's the 640 GB model; for your inspection. This particular model is critically well received also. $65.00 is not the best price I've seen on it, but it's far from the worst.

    If you're dealing with multiple IDE drives that are working fine, another possibility is an add in controller card; ide controller card&name=$10 - $25 My suggestion here would be to use the board for the HDDs, and the card for the opticals.

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