12-27-2013 05:38 AM - last edited on 12-27-2013 11:09 AM by MrMatthew
My Int hard drive has started to make grinding noises ECT and I have decided it time to replace it after nearly 10 years so here goes
Seagate 32 GB
S/Number 5JT[Edited: Removed personal information per the community rules and regulations.]
Data Code 05034
I have fitted and upgraded the RAM myself but need a bit of help for a direct replacement for the old Desk Top PC
About 500GB will do I have tried a couple of retailers and all I get is asked too much information Mother Board
Sata or Idea new to computers tried Seagate e mail useless????
can any one help which Int hard drive i need to replace the old one
12-27-2013 03:21 PM
You're being asked those questions because retailers need to know that the disk will fit.
If you have upgraded RAM, you'll know that there're several kinds of it (at least SIMM, RIMM, DIMM or SDR, DDR or DDR1, DDR2 and DDR3) and that it's totally impossible and pointless (for "normal" purposes) trying to connect or even adapt say a DDR2 module in a SIMM slot. There're even more kinds of incompatibility, related to speed and voltage (that isn't a transparent issue since DDR2).
With hard disks it's more simple but there're still incompatible kinds of hardware. Basically 10 years ago all HD's (SCSI apart) and HD cables/connectors were PATA/IDE, but nowadays you'll only find such stuff as 2nd hand (for an old computer I'd consider it). Current HD connections are SATA. There are other, motherboard specific limitations that I'm less familiar with, such as size limitations (I recall about some 137 GB limit...).
It's reasonable and possible to adapt between PATA and SATA, there're adapters, but they aren't free, neither in money nor in quality of the result.
SATA disks also use different power connectors, so you'll need either a PSU with SATA plugs or adapters to Molex. These adapters won't supply 3.3V because Molex doesn't have that voltage, but it's nearly never required by SATA drives.