Need Help With Hard Drive!

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Hi. I have an Epox KT-133M motherboard with an AMD Duron 700 MHZ, 640 MB PC100 SDRAM. I want to buy and install a new WD 80 GB Special Edition 8 MB Buffer Hard Drive, but my motherboard only supports DMA/66. Is there anything I can do to install a hard drive that has ATA/100? My current hard drive is only 13 GB'S, not nearly enough space for me. Please Help!
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WakeupSpecialist 1

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Yes, you can try purchasing an ATA 133/100 Ide controller...usually runs around $50 or so.  That will definitely solve your issues.  However, you may be able to still install the HDD,, but may only run at ATA 66.

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Yep, ATA/100 is backwards compatible with ATA/66. I doubt you will lose much performance, compared to putting the drive on an ATA/100 controller.
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The only ohter advantage of the IDE controller is the support for larger drives.  IF your computer does not support 80 gig drives for example, you may need to purchase a new ide controller or use partitioning/drive software from the manufacturer to access the full use of the drive.
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I have heard on techtv that the real speed that matters is having a 7200rpm drive the ata really doesn't make the drive
faster because it can't really use the bandwidth anyway.

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vig12 has a good point.  You may be able to boost the rated or indicated "speed" by adding in an ATA/133 card but the real performance is likely to be unaffected.  Performance aspects such as arial density, rotational speed, latency and seek time are far more important measures of a drives performance and are not affected by the ATA of the connection unless you are going to below 66.  Of course a board with an older ATA is going to be in general slower than a newer board so you may have overall performance gains from a newer board but that is a bit more vague and nebulous.
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