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Hi, I'm thinking of buying this HDD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?item=N82E16822144102

The problem is, though, that's it's going to be installed in a 10-year old tower. Do you think this PC will have the proper IDE slot or not?

I am somewhat positive that it does, because I took out the HDD of said old computer last night and threw it into a newer computer; and it did properly connect into the IDE slot and load.

Just making sure, however. Thanks in advance.
 

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Well the drive would probably work, though at ten years old you are unlikely to be able to recognize the full capacity of the 80 gig drive in one partition. More likely 3 partitions 2 roughly 32 gig and one roughly 16 gig. If this is the case it is aqdvised to make your OS partition the small one and use the other two for programs and storage.
 

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Actually, the BIOS on a 10 year old machine is likely to be a major stumbling block. It was 1999 when most vendors recognized 128gig drives, and 2002 when they finally decided that drives could be larger than 128gigs. A 1996 or 1997 BIOS will probably choke on anything larger than 32gigs. Partitioning won't help this.
 

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Good point I didnt turn my biological ram on today.
 

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Hi,

You could install a PCI ATA control card such as those made by Promise.

Install the drivers and then connect the hard drive to the Promise card.

Follow the instructions regarding the installation of the card carefully.

Don't install card, connet IDE cable and expect things to work.

You will need 80 wire IDE cables.

hth

Ceri
 
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