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    I'm planning on buying a new HDD since I'm near running out of space due to the demanding space the new games need.
    I currently have a IDE setup as below
    Primary Master: 60G Seagate ATA100
    Primary Slave: Pioneer DVD ROM
    Secondary Master: 20G Seagate ATA100
    Secondary Slave: Lite-Om CD-RW

    As I want to try and keep the devices above how do I go about buying a new HDD? Do I get a Serial ATA drive and if so how would I go on installing it. Since I know almost nothing about RAID setups.

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    first of all, its best to have your hard drives on the primary controller, and all your burners/cd-roms/cd-rw on the secondary. since burners and that run at ATA-33, with the setup you have it is slowing your ATA-100 devices (hdds) down to the speed of the slowest device.

    you can get more P-ATA ports by buying a PCI controller card..., or you could get a S-ATA hdd (if you have a onboard SATA chip). if you dont then you will either have to buy a PCI SATA card or get converters for each device from pata to sata.

    its all a bit confusing, but the best bet would be to get a PCI controller card for a P-ATA. these are about $100AU (non raid) and would be your best/cheapest idea.
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    Whoops, typed in wrong.
    Primary Master: 60G Seagate ATA100
    Primary Slave: 20G Seagate ATA100
    Secondary Master: Pioneer DVD ROM
    Secondary Slave: Lite-Om CD-RW
    My Mobo has onboard SATA controller.
    So buying a PCI card would be better? Like stay IDE instead of moving to SATA?

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    in that case it would probably be worth it going for a S-ATA hard drive, a second opinon would be good though.
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    So if I buy a SATA drive all I do is plug it in, will I need to reconfigure anything?
    My current setup won't be affected yeah?

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    Yep just plug it in and load the SATA controller drivers if ya already havn't (ya may have to enable the controller in BIOS or by jumper but check with ya mobo manual).

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    if u argoing to install windowz for ur sata, better get a floppy driver cause mostly windowz wont detected it. like mine, i had to get a driver for silcon image.

    hope ur new HDD setup works :thumb:
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    Ooooh, I'll keep that in mind, but most likely I'll be using my 60GB IDE as my Windows drive. But if ever I do install on SATA drive I'll remember.
    Thanks for the heads up. :cheers:

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    My Raptor didn't need drivers......I just plugged it in and it worked...

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