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    Hard disk question

    I have a new Windows 7 machine with a hard disk which I learn is a Seagate 500DM002-1BD142 SATA-3 disk on an ASUS M5 A78L USB 3 motherboard. I also have, surplus, a second storage disk from my old machine, a Maxtor STM 3320820A Ultra-ATA/100 disk which I could do with in my new machine. Is this possible, and how would it be done? ( as non-technical as possible please!)

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    Pat Macguire

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    The very simplest way would be to buy an appropriate USB hard disk caddy, insert the old hard disk into it, and connect it to a USB 2.0 socket on the PC.

    Other, more technical, solutions would depend on you having a spare bay inside the PC into which to mount the disk, the motherboard having support for ATA/100 (unlikely!) and you obtsining the correct cables and screws with which to attach it.

    Me, I'd go for the USB hard disk caddy... Not as fast, but simpler.
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    Looking up your Motherboard specs, it appears you have :
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    1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices , navy blue"
    You should be able to use that to hook up your old ATA disk with a PATA cable and use it as long as you jumper the disk properly.
    See :
    http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=196291&NewLang=en
    for jumper settings.
    Jerry

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    As BATcher said;
    Use a USB exterior HD enclosure for that drive. I'd put all my Image backups there and un-plug it when not in use.

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    2 conflicting viewpoints above but both are equally valid.

    It really depends on what you want to use the extra disk storage for.

    Perhaps if you supplied a bit more info we can point you in the right direction!

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    Sorry! There's always something you leave out in a query! In my old machine I started off with one 500gb HDD which I partitioned into 3 drives (C, D and E) I then added the Maxtor 320gb, (the one I want to use in my new machine, partitioned as F, G and H). I would like the same set-up in my new machine. (6 drives, as I find this more convenient.There's plenty room in the new case. Regarding one of the suggestions, I do have a 500gb external USB HDD already, that I use for back-ups, and I really don't want any more wires cluttering up the place! I'm visualising some kind of straightforward plug-in adaptor?

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    Pat Macguire

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    Why not use the Ultra DMA connector on your motherboard? If you want to use one of your SATA ports, see:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bidirectional-.../dp/B000RK89M4

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Why not use the Ultra DMA connector on your motherboard? If you want to use one of your SATA ports, see:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bidirectional-.../dp/B000RK89M4

    Jerry
    Looks like a decent option to me.

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