HDD upgrade options???

Discussion in 'Hardware Q&A' started by gauravakaasid, Dec 29, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. gauravakaasid

    gauravakaasid Back to l33ching :)

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Latitude: 22° 32' North. Longitude: 88° 22' East
    I have a 160gb PATA disk and a 20gb PATA disk which is setup as master.
    I want to buy a SATA disk>200gb, and convert the 20gb disk to an external one. Can i setup the SATA as master? is this wise, like keeping both SATA+PATA hdds in the system? also, i dont have a floppy drive, how do i install the SATA drivers that i had got with my mobo? is there any workaround for this.
     
  2. drvarunmehta

    drvarunmehta New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,533
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    0
    SATA disks don't have the system of master and slave. All SATA HDD's are master.

    Yes, you can keep both SATA and PATA HDD's in the system.

    You don't need a floppy drive to install SATA drivers. Windows setup will install them on it's own. A floppy would be needed for a RAID setup though.

    For the SATA HDD that you want to buy, I suggest the Seagate 250 GB 7200.10. I purchased this very recently for Rs. 3800.
     
  3. Kniwor

    Kniwor Learner

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Messages:
    1,949
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Chicago
    whether or not u require a folppy to load win depends on your sata controller and you windows install CD, if the CD contains the drivers well and good.

    what is your motherboard
     
  4. OP
    OP
    gauravakaasid

    gauravakaasid Back to l33ching :)

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Latitude: 22° 32' North. Longitude: 88° 22' East
    my mobo is msi 482 and ill b installing Vista 1st(just wanna chek it out) and then windows xp sp2
     
  5. drvarunmehta

    drvarunmehta New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,533
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have a MSI 480 which is pracically the same as the 482 and I didn't need the drivers.
     
  6. nishant_nms

    nishant_nms New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,344
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pune
    will be able to do so and u will need driver floppy for XP but for Vista nothing will be required
     
  7. OP
    OP
    gauravakaasid

    gauravakaasid Back to l33ching :)

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Latitude: 22° 32' North. Longitude: 88° 22' East
    but isnt there any workaround for the floppy thing????
     
  8. drvarunmehta

    drvarunmehta New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,533
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    0
    You won't need a floppy for your particular mobo, trust me.
     
  9. nishant_nms

    nishant_nms New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,344
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pune
    U can create a Slipstream Windows XP installation disk with the SATA driver of ur mobo. Use nlite for creating the CD
     
  10. assasin

    assasin Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    1,781
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Durgapur
    U'll require a FDD only if u create a RAID setup.
     
  11. janitha

    janitha New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,801
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kollam, Kerala
    For installing SATA why should anybody need Floppy which is already obsolete? (or extinct)
    Xp has built in drivers for SATA and some of the chipset drivers with the Mobo CD also has it.
    Of course for Raid you will need it.
    I have been without floppy drive for more than two years.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    gauravakaasid

    gauravakaasid Back to l33ching :)

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Latitude: 22° 32' North. Longitude: 88° 22' East
    Thnx everyone for ur help........have bought a 160gig SATA, and an external USB case for my 20gig HDD. my, its way costly.....cost me 650 buks!!! couldnt got for a 200gig one :-( with new year around the corner, budget stretch nahin kar paya :)
    __________
    @nishant_nms...am plannin to create an all in one win xp sp2 dvd with all the drivers and required apps. will be following the guide from http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/ and those at nlite forums. lets c how far i can do it. are the SATA and RAID drivers generic ones or are they for specific mobos? if you have links to better guides, tuts, kindly leme know
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2006
  13. Ram Agarwal

    Ram Agarwal New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    my motherboard is intel 845gl
    processor-2.4 ghz celeron

    currently have 40gb harddisk
    want to upgrade to maximum
    whats the maximum size my computer support
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page