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Hello

I have a Compaq Presario SR1913WM and I just bought a new Seagate Barracuda ST3750330AS 750gb hard and forgot to check if my motherboard was going to be able to read it. Right after I bought I did some searches on google and found that some people couldn't even make a 500gb hard drive run correctly.

And if there is a way how to make it run right on my pc, let me know. Plus where to buy the cable wires.

Another one I had in mind was upgrading the RAM to it's max potiential, up to 4gb. The Corsair 4GB DDR2 PC 6400. I just want to know if my motherboard will read that also.

Please help me out. THANKS

Edited by 1geek1, 15 January 2010 - 05:42 PM.

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Although your system has SATA connectors it is a early version of sata motherboard. If you can see the drive in windows you may be able to partition the drive into partitions small enough for the system to work. I think your system has to use RAID for multiple SATA drives. The drive will not run at its full speed since your motherboard does not have that software and cannot run it. You may be able to partition the drive into 2 or 3 partitions and XP will see the partitions.

Be aware that these drive have a history of failure.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148298

Cables can be found on the net most anywhere.

http://www.tigerdire...e...08&CatId=84

http://www.tigerdire...e...13&CatId=84

http://www.tigerdire...a...t=0&Recs=10

You CANNOT run PC 6400 memory in your computer.

You memory is PC3200 memory. While you can have 4 gigs of memory in the computer , it will only see about 3.2 gigs. That is just a early version of XP software reality.

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Although your system has SATA connectors it is a early version of sata motherboard. If you can see the drive in windows you may be able to partition the drive into partitions small enough for the system to work. I think your system has to use RAID for multiple SATA drives. The drive will not run at its full speed since your motherboard does not have that software and cannot run it. You may be able to partition the drive into 2 or 3 partitions and XP will see the partitions.

Be aware that these drive have a history of failure.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148298

Cables can be found on the net most anywhere.

http://www.tigerdire...e...08&CatId=84

http://www.tigerdire...e...13&CatId=84

http://www.tigerdire...a...t=0&Recs=10

You CANNOT run PC 6400 memory in your computer.

You memory is PC3200 memory. While you can have 4 gigs of memory in the computer , it will only see about 3.2 gigs. That is just a early version of XP software reality.

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What hard drive would you recommend for me and RAMS?

And is this cable like the original cable in my desktop? I think I have the power cable already. I need something like the one you showed me. It will fit right?

http://www.tigerdire...e...13&CatId=84
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I am sure that many people have had no problems with seagate drives. I am not one of them so i choose Western Digital simply because i have had only 1 drive fail in over 200 computers i have built. Many years ago i had 5 failures in seagate drives back when a 5 gig drive was huge. I just simply go with what i know works. The choice is yours to make.

Most likely you do have sata power cable lines on yout power supply. The end would look like this.

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The large connector is the power cable.

The small connector is the data cable and yes it look just like the one you linked to. ALl SATA data cables are exactly the same. Some just have built-in 90 degree bends in them.

As for RAM, just about any would really do fine. I have used Kingston, Crucial, Ultra, Centon, Ocz,and even off brands with no problems. You just need to look for DDR-400( same as PC3200)memory for your computer.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820141308

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I am sure that many people have had no problems with seagate drives. I am not one of them so i choose Western Digital simply because i have had only 1 drive fail in over 200 computers i have built. Many years ago i had 5 failures in seagate drives back when a 5 gig drive was huge. I just simply go with what i know works. The choice is yours to make.

Most likely you do have sata power cable lines on yout power supply. The end would look like this.

Posted Image

The large connector is the power cable.

The small connector is the data cable and yes it look just like the one you linked to. ALl SATA data cables are exactly the same. Some just have built-in 90 degree bends in them.

As for RAM, just about any would really do fine. I have used Kingston, Crucial, Ultra, Centon, Ocz,and even off brands with no problems. You just need to look for DDR-400( same as PC3200)memory for your computer.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820141308

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I just need one like the picture above. I have the power cables already attached to my power supply. I was bout to by WD but my original hard drive was Seagate so I decided to stick with the same brand. I do love WD hard drive also, 2 of my laptop I use WD only and 3 of my external hard drive is WD too.

For the rams, I was reading Crucial site and they said I can mix different brands together. It wouldn't cause anything right? My plans were just to buy the 1gb stick slowly. THanks for the help!
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And would you know by any chance why my other desktop wont boot into Windows. It keep on showing a black screen. It just happen last night. Is there any safe mode or anything I can get onto so I can restore it to an earlier time. THANKS a lot for your helps :)
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On the second computer

You can always try hitting the "delete" key( most computers but not all) while the computer is booting up to see if you get to the blue BIOS screen. If you do then the video card is not the problem.
Make sure the monitor is plugged in. Check to see if another cable and be used. Check the video card by trying another card, or a card in place of the onboard video( onboard must be disabled in the bios). Try replacing the memory with known good memory. beyond the above it is usually a windows problem.

corrupt boot sector
http://www.tips4pc.c...ed_boot_sec.htm

If you have a flashing curser in the top left side of the screen it means the HD has died.

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alright thanks. i'll give it a try.
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