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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:00 pm 
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Mr T wrote:
For the age of board try getting an IDE drive. You can still pick up new ones from 160Gb to 320Gb quite easily (well here in the UK), but they are not cheap. The other way to go is to get a laptop IDE drive (yes you can still get them) and use an IDE to laptop IDE converter and stick the drive in a 2.5" to 3.5" converter.
I had a GA -7VAXP back in the day good board, but the fan on the the northbridge chip went and it does suffer bad capacitors.



This is a desk top not lap top, also yes did have that fan go out some years ago but gigabyte replaced it for me and no probs since. My issues are stemming from a failing IDE HDD and trying to make the SATA HDD work that I purchased. Starting to look like a horrible idea.


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As I said, you can stick a laptop drive in a desktop using a converter - all new (99%) Solid State drives are 2.5" SATA and work the same in a desktop as a laptop... On the age of your board, an IDE drive would be the easier option. Check out what Newegg have if you are in the states.. It will tide you over till you can do a full system upgrade...

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Good idea from Mr T to go with a laptop drive! They may be smaller and use less current, but are still available in under 200 GB sizes. And perform as well as a 3.5" drive. New Egg has listings for the IDE 3.5" to the 2.5" laptop drive adapters.. some under $10.00 USD. Other sources should have similar offerings. An adapter plate would be needed, to mount in a standard 3.5" or 5.25" bay. The only difference with the drives is that the 2.5" drive gets its power from the data ribbon, no separate power connector as with the 3.5" drives. Hence the power lead on the adapter.
eBay's Computer and Network category has offerings of new IDE drives. Ensure the listing is noted as "NEW" if you purchase. A 'used' drive may be OK for a while, but you never know how long it was used. A "new pull" should also be a decent purchase. They are hard drives that saw little use, replaced per a customer's request for larger drives.

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Thanks guys, really appreciate all the input provided. Checking all options now, was simply hoping to use a sata hdd that was sold to me by an ill informed salesman (go figure). As the consumer I should have done more homework. Guess all this means is that I have the first part to my new system :). Does anyone have a gaming system they are getting ready to upgrade from and are interested in selling?


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mezman wrote:
Does anyone have a gaming system they are getting ready to upgrade from and are interested in selling?


i may have the remnants of a mATX system if you're interested. mobo, cpu/HS/fan, memory, case and psu...

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