Thread: Hard drive install
July 20th, 2012, 04:51 PM #1
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Hard drive install
I purchased a computer in 2008 that has a Maxtor 250GB SATA/150 HDD that was manufactored in 2004. It has a cable that plug into the mother board. In looking at the ones out now I don't see the cable attached. Can use one built after 2004? will I need that cable? Can I purcahse the cable if needed? Can I purchase any hard drive or doesw it have to be a Maxtor?
July 20th, 2012, 05:41 PM #2
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Any hard drive that is SATA1, SATA2,or SATA3.
Any brand, but I prefer Western Digital or Seagate.
I believe Seagate owns Maxtor now.
The cables should be interchangeable.
the SATA2, and 3 cables will have a lock tab, but should plug into a SATA1, and a SATA1 cable should plug into a SATA2 or 3.
If the SATA 2 is cheaper, get that, as SATA2, and 3 will run at SATA1 speed with your board.
Cables are readily available.
Are you in the States?
Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Computer Accessories, Cables, Computer Cables, SATA / eSATA Cables, SATA / eSATA
Last edited by stroyal; July 20th, 2012 at 05:46 PM.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
July 20th, 2012, 05:53 PM #3
I would look for the cables with the latch, as the older type without the latch have worked loose and caused me a lot of headaches with strange problems on a few PCs.
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