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Hey guys, the titles pretty self explanatory, im going to buy another hard drive to expand my fairly small 80gb, does the second hard drive have to be identical, or can i just go ahead an buy a.... 500gb model from a different brand??
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post #2 of 11
If you just want to add storage, it does not matter, just make sure your mb supports a 500gb. I had an old p3 500 msi mb that could only handle a 30gb hd.
If you are talking about copying your old hd on to the new one, genral rule of thumb for most hdd cloning software is that the target drive must be bigger than the source drive, again you will be fine
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as long as the new one is bigger than your 80gb
    
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post #4 of 11
It can be any model if you aren't doing RAID or anything.
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post #5 of 11
Sure, you can get whatever you want. The only time you need identical drives is for RAID arrays.

But in this case, you should just get the best size/$ drive you can find....
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post #6 of 11
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can you run raid on IDE drives?? im not planning to anyway, but can you??

yeah and seen as the new drive is obviously gona be alot faster and better than my old 80gb, im planning on just copying everything from the 80gb to the new superior, bigger drive... how do i go about doing that? can i do it through the bios somehow, is there software if so liiiink me!!

many thanks for your instant replies
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post #7 of 11
You will find lots of freeware on a google search, I won't recomend one, because I have never done it, but when I read up on it the only thing most programs require it the larger target drive than the original.
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post #8 of 11
Yes. I have a 20 gig IDE which is my master to boot windows and a 160 gig slave for all my files etc.
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post #9 of 11
Yes any brand size is fine for sata/ide not in a raid configuration
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can you run raid on IDE drives?? im not planning to anyway, but can you??
Wiki concerning Raid;

Around 1997, with the introduction of ATAPI-4 (and thus the Ultra-DMA-Mode 0, which enabled fast data transfers without involving the CPU and thus resulting in much less CPU utilization) the first ATA RAID controllers were introduced. While RAID technology was available for a long time by then, it always required SCSI hard drives, which were considerably more expensive than IDE hard drives. IDE hard drives were considered for the consumer market, whereas SCSI hard drives were aimed at the server and high-end computing market. SCSI technology was not only faster at that time, but had other advantages as well (up to 15 devices on one bus, independent data transfers, hot-swapping, much higher MTBF). However the vast difference in price, and the increased performance of ATA drives, led to the developement of ATA RAIDs. Because RAID systems always need more than one hard drive, the price advantage of ATA drives made it possible to build RAID systems at much cheaper costs than with SCSI. Those cheaper RAID system made their way to the consumer market, where the users wanted to take advantage of RAID systems (e.g. the fault-tolerance with mirroring), but did not want to invest in expensive SCSI drives. With the ongoing performance improvements, the RAID functionality was not any longer realized in specialized hardware, but in software. This led to ATA RAID controllers, that provided just the logic for the connection to additional ATA drives. In the early 2000s nearly every advanced consumer mainboard provided ATA RAID functions onboard.

So yes you can run IDE raid but with the abundance and low price of SATA, why would you want to?
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