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Need some New Egg advice.

Post by navi » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:00 am

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822144701

Thinking about getting this for my wife's comp. It looks like a good deal. Her comp is a costume built so I don't think it'll be a problem but I've heard problems with OEM before.

Also I was looking at the pins on the back and they don't look like IDE standards but I could be looking at it wrong.

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Post by |darc| » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:28 am

That's not an IDE hard drive. She will have to have a SATA interface on the motherboard or a separate SATA card installed in order to use that drive.

I haven't kept up with hard disk prices, but that seems pretty cheap to me. I don't like Western Digital, though--they've given me trouble--but not everyone has a problem with them so your results may vary.
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Post by perry » Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:48 am

Western Digitals, although I've never had a real problem with, do make me nervous at the heat at which they run.
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Post by ian » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:40 am

Darcus Magnus wrote:That's not an IDE hard drive. She will have to have a SATA interface on the motherboard or a separate SATA card installed in order to use that drive.
and instead of w d- seagate
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Post by DaMadFiddler » Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:09 am

[nods] I've never had a problem with a Seagate drive. They're a little more expensive, but they have by far the best track record.
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Post by |darc| » Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:52 am

Yeah, I've used a Seagate in my desktop ever since a few WDs died off on me, and I've never had a problem.
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Post by curt_grymala » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:08 am

My 300 gig IDE Seagate died a month after I bought it. :x Hardware failure, too, not just a software problem.
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Post by melancholy » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:28 am

Honestly, I don't think there is one brand that can be considered above all the rest. Sure, there are really good brands, but every one of them are prone to a few duds every once in a while.
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Post by Ex-Cyber » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:40 pm

I think it's more that companies have their ups and downs. At any given moment one company might be the best in terms of reliability, but you can never get perfect information on current hardware because it takes time to collect enough real-world failure data to draw any conclusions. Personally I'll take the 5-year warranty in lieu of a flawless reliability record. )()(
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Post by navi » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:23 pm

I see thanks for the input, she doesn't have an ATA slot and I must be so far out of the loop I didn't know what ATA was. Oi but I did find this while googling

http://www.pcgears.com/default.aspx?oid=156160

It looks like it will aleviate the problem of having to upgrade the motherboard right now.
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Post by bizzle » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:47 pm

Darcus Magnus wrote:That's not an IDE hard drive. She will have to have a SATA interface on the motherboard or a separate SATA card installed in order to use that drive.
navi wrote:I see thanks for the input, she doesn't have an ATA slot and I must be so far out of the loop I didn't know what ATA was. Oi but I did find this while googling

http://www.pcgears.com/default.aspx?oid=156160

It looks like it will aleviate the problem of having to upgrade the motherboard right now.
If the motherboard doesn't have an ATA controller than you wouldn't be able to use the device you found. Also, if it didn't have an ATA controller it would be very likely that it would have a Serial ATA controller, because I highly doubt you're running all SCSI devices.

Maybe you should read an A+ book or something before you start taking computers apart.
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Post by melancholy » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:28 pm

navi wrote:I see thanks for the input, she doesn't have an ATA slot and I must be so far out of the loop I didn't know what ATA was. Oi but I did find this while googling

http://www.pcgears.com/default.aspx?oid=156160

It looks like it will aleviate the problem of having to upgrade the motherboard right now.
Um, for the price, why not just buy an actual IDE hard drive? You would probably end up spending more for a SATA hard drive and an adapter than if you would just buy a IDE hard drive.
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Post by navi » Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:26 pm

Xylene wrote:
Darcus Magnus wrote:That's not an IDE hard drive. She will have to have a SATA interface on the motherboard or a separate SATA card installed in order to use that drive.
navi wrote:I see thanks for the input, she doesn't have an ATA slot and I must be so far out of the loop I didn't know what ATA was. Oi but I did find this while googling

http://www.pcgears.com/default.aspx?oid=156160

It looks like it will aleviate the problem of having to upgrade the motherboard right now.
If the motherboard doesn't have an ATA controller than you wouldn't be able to use the device you found. Also, if it didn't have an ATA controller it would be very likely that it would have a Serial ATA controller, because I highly doubt you're running all SCSI devices.

Maybe you should read an A+ book or something before you start taking computers apart.
I've been taking computers apart since I was very very young. I'm comfortable doing it. I've built hundreds of computers over the years for companies and private clients. I just have not been keeping up with whats current in hardware because current real life events that have been transpiring (also the reason I haven't been on DCEmu as much as I use to). And yes I am A+ certified but I got my certification before ATA Controllers were introduced.
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navi wrote:I see thanks for the input, she doesn't have an ATA slot and I must be so far out of the loop I didn't know what ATA was. Oi but I did find this while googling

http://www.pcgears.com/default.aspx?oid=156160

It looks like it will aleviate the problem of having to upgrade the motherboard right now.
Um, for the price, why not just buy an actual IDE hard drive? You would probably end up spending more for a SATA hard drive and an adapter than if you would just buy a IDE hard drive.
Thanks for the advice Melancholy I might just do that. I know it would save a lot of complications.
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Post by Ex-Cyber » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:31 am

navi wrote:And yes I am A+ certified but I got my certification before ATA Controllers were introduced.
You got your A+ cert over a decade ago?
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