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WhiteKelso

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Hi all,

i am about to upgrade my computer by adding a new 80GB hard drive to my existing 80GB hard drive. my motherboard supports SATA with RAID 0 and RAID 1. I have 2 questions about this matter:

1) can i just buy any hard drive, or is there a specific hard drive for SATA?

2) with the additional 80GB hard drive, will my computer "read" my hard drive as 160GB, and not just 2 separate 80GB?

I sincerely appreciate any info. Thanks. :tazz:
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You must use a special sata drive....they have a different cabling requirement

No, your PC will see two drives
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I should probably note somewhere in here that you can make it appear as if it is one disk to windows by using dynamic disk volumes and extending the volume from one to the other physical disk.....there are drawbacks to this--for example, dynamic volumes can only be read by windows 2000 and xp, they are not fault tolerant.....I generally do not recommend it unless you are a religious backup kind of person.
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Thank you for the info. That helps me a lot. However, please bear with me with one last question:

If I add the new hard drive, how will I benefit from SATA?

Again, thank you for your time.
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more space....pretty much it.

Eventually, SATA drives will be faster, but in real world testing, we don't see that yet. SATA has a hypothetical faster transfer rate, but we are very early in the lifecycle for them
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I should add (doing that a lot, maybe I should take longer on replies) that SATA does have other benefits, just not benefits you are seeing.

First, they are EASIER to setup....I love the little thin wires that pop in these drives, makes wiring a case so much easier

Second, heat build up is reduced because those fat 80-wire ide cables really mess up a systems air flow, trapping heat. The sata wires don't.

Since you are running a ide and sata system, you don't get those two benefits
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thanks gerryf. honestly. i'm very glad to find this website. i sincerely appreciate your help.
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and I sincerely thank you for that appreciation...

gets a little depressing at times when people blow in and blow out and you never know if something worked...
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