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powerover
23-07-2008, 11:15 PM
My external HDD is filling up really fast (250 GB is not quite enough):dogeye: and I am looking to upgrade to a bigger one.

I figured that it will be cheaper to just get a bigger hard drive and swap it with the old hard drive inside my external hard drive, then sell the old one. That way I could keep the casing of my old external hard drive which I really like.

I opened the case of my external hard drive (which voided the warranty), and found that the hard drive inside is actually a Maxtor 250GB PATA (well it appears to be), and some where on the sticker of the drive it said that it is also an UATA......

I got confused :confused:. I am not really good at hard wear and I was looking on TradeMe and it has the categories of : IDE, SATA, SCSI. Which one of those does PATA or UATA falls into? In other words which kind of hard drive I should buy?

Thanks for your time and any kinds of help or suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

Myth
23-07-2008, 11:26 PM
IDE == PATA :)

powerover
23-07-2008, 11:36 PM
Thanks for the help!

I was looking at IDE hard drives on TradeMe and I found nothing bigger than 500GB! Why? :confused: Is it because of the limit of the technology itself or something else?

And what do you think of this one: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Hard-drives/IDE/auction-167276234.htm

Any recommendations?

Thanks heaps!:thumbs:

jinja_thom
24-07-2008, 12:07 AM
Try here :- http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_8370.html

Sweep
24-07-2008, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the help!

I was looking at IDE hard drives on TradeMe and I found nothing bigger than 500GB! Why? :confused: Is it because of the limit of the technology itself or something else?

And what do you think of this one: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Hard-drives/IDE/auction-167276234.htm

Any recommendations?

Thanks heaps!:thumbs:

Seagate drives are great but you can get the same make and model from PBTech in Hamilton for $155 incl GST and a five year warranty.

powerover
24-07-2008, 10:28 AM
ummm, thanks i will look into others. I will get back to you guys. cheers
:thumbs:

Myth
24-07-2008, 11:00 AM
There are many places you can find better priced harddrives.
I see Ascent has a 750GB IDE harddrive (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=348054) for approx $270

PATA harddrives have been overtaken by SATA drives now. You will now find that a modern 500GB SATA drive is now cheaper (in some cases significantly) than a 500GB PATA (IDE) drive. With this in mind, I would actually look around the likes of Ascent (http://www.ascent.co.nz/) and other online sites for not only a new drive, but also a drive enclosure that supports SATA drives.
Most of these sites will accept direct credit to a bank account (if you dont like the idea of online shopping with a credit card), and have a fairly decent reputation.

utopian201
24-07-2008, 11:08 AM
also your external enclosure may have a maximum size limit. So even if you installed a 750gb drive in it, it may not all show up, as the enclosure's firmware doesn't recognise that much.

Earlier this year I actually got a 750gb IDE drive, but installed it in my pc rather than an enclosure. Ill be able to keep my aging comp for at least several more years :D

powerover
24-07-2008, 12:07 PM
also your external enclosure may have a maximum size limit. So even if you installed a 750gb drive in it, it may not all show up, as the enclosure's firmware doesn't recognise that much.


that is a really good point, I think I will get a new external hard drive instead rather than risking it. :thumbs:

powerover
24-07-2008, 12:09 PM
Thanks Myth, I will check them out and get back to you. cheers. :thumbs:

Agent_24
24-07-2008, 04:01 PM
Yeah I think most cases only support up to 500GB drives

Deathwish
24-07-2008, 04:18 PM
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/computers/accessories/external-hard-drives/western-digital-wde1u6400a-wd-ext-640gb-elements-3-5-usb-2-0/prod95368.html ?

powerover
24-07-2008, 10:01 PM
Thanks Deathwish I will check out the specifications of the drive, speed is a big factor for me because I put games on it and I am pretty sure the speed of the drive affects the performance of the game. cheers :thumbs:

powerover
24-07-2008, 10:03 PM
Yeah I think most cases only support up to 500GB drives

Thanks for the information Agent_24, but why do they only support up to 500GB:crying :badpc: ? When you think about it, it is pretty silly, unless there are some other reasons.....I wonder what that reason could be.

cheers. :thumbs:

Deathwish
25-07-2008, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the information Agent_24, but why do they only support up to 500GB:crying :badpc: ? When you think about it, it is pretty silly, unless there are some other reasons.....I wonder what that reason could be.

cheers. :thumbs:

they want you to buy a more expensive one made the same, but with different firmware :O

Agent_24
25-07-2008, 02:12 PM
I think most of them were probably designed when 500GB was the maximum available drive size

Do you know what your enclosure is? you can probably check to see what drives it supports and if there is an updated firmware available or not