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Get your system running and windows loaded, and then plug your IDE Drive into the PSU and motherboard. It should show up as another drive that you can access. If you format it, it will delete everything.
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I hate the be the bearer of bad news euphoric, but IDE is not hot swappable. You can only access the drive that way if it is hooked up when the computer boots. There is a way however that is fairly simple. You can always buy a cheap 3.5 external enclosure that uses USB 2.0 for like 20-30 bucks on Newegg and hook it up that way. Or, if you have a friend that has one, you could borrow it for a day.

Something like this..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145127

The link above would be good, but if you wanted one that is IDE and SATA capable, i would recommend this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817193028

I actually own this one and it works flawlessly with either IDE or SATA.

Good luck
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post #13 of 36
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Ok, then I guess I will take it back and suffer a few days while newegg gets it to my doorstep. Do you think I will lose efficiency because I'm not sure I have pci-e 2.0? How can I tell if I have 2.0? Thanks!
Cichlid, the HP A6130N uses the nForce 430 chipset which from what I understand does not utilize PCI-E 2.0 slots.

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post #14 of 36
Don't replace the 2x512MB of memory with 2x1GB, that's going to be a waste. There's no way that HP came with 64-bit Windows, and 32-bit will only use about 3.2-3.5GB of memory no matter how much you install. That money is better invested in a better video card. Even if you get 64-bit Windows (which will cost you another $100) there will still be the memory hole between 3.2-4.0GB. The only way to use that 4th GB of memory is to enable memory hole remapping AND use 64-bit Windows, and since you can't access your BIOS since you have an HP there's no way to enable memory hole remapping. I doubt that chipset even has the option anyway.

As for your video card, YES get the 9600GT. The 8600GT isn't that great for games, and anything below the 8600GT is just too weak for today's games. You might be able to play some of the older ones on medium settings with the 8500GT but the newer games need a more powerful GPU. And I strongly disagree with the statement made earlier that a 8500GT --> 9600GT is the same leap as a 9600GT --> 8800GT. 8500GT --> 9600GT is an enormous leap, 9600GT --> 8800GT is a step. At least in today's games.
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Check the PS(watts) to see if it have enough power for the upgrades.
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Check the PS(watts) to see if it have enough power for the upgrades.
Scmpj, good thing you mentioned this. I just did a google on "hp a6130n power supply" and apparently this machine has a 250watt PSU. I can only imagine how bad the 12volt rail is.

Cichlid, you may want to avoid purchasing a 9600GT for your computer. Sounds like the PSU may not be able to handle it.
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post #17 of 36
why should someone avoid getting better components because the PSU is not big enough. That is pure BS.

Just upgrade the power supply to a 500 or 600 watt name brand psu like an Antec, PC power and cooling or a thermaltake. Make sure that it has the 8 pin PCIE connector too so you can hook up that sweet 9600.
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post #18 of 36
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why should someone avoid getting better components because the PSU is not big enough. That is pure BS.
Turmionkatilot88, how is that "BS"? It's common sense. Perhaps not wattage wise but amperage wise that PSU probably wouldn't be able to handle the load from his system and the 9600GT put together. If you haven't noticed he has an HP and most of the components are proprietary so who knows if a aftermarket PSU would work/fit ect.
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post #19 of 36
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Well, I exchanged and upgraded to a PNY 9600GT 512mb. I hooked up the extra power adapter to it and it works, not a single problem this far. It is about the length of my mother board but it works great on all of my games! Crysis looks amazing a 1024X768 on medium settings for me. Do you guys think I should OC it, or should I just let it be? Thanks for the help !
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post #20 of 36
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why should someone avoid getting better components because the PSU is not big enough. That is pure BS.
Maybe the fact that not having enough power will damage/ destroy the components.
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