New hard drive in old computer -- problems?
Posted on 2003-12-07
I've just made a server out of an old Compaq Deskpro PII. The hard drive in it is only 4GB, which isn't enough even for the smallest of home-servers. So, I'm thinking of buying a new hard drive (160GB) and install it in my old server. In the computer specs section "Enhanced IDE" I read:
"Two 40-pin keyed IDE data connectors (one for each controller) are provided on the system board. Each connector can support two devices and can be configured independently for PIO modes 1-4, DMA modes 1-2, or Ultra DMA modes 0-2."
The specs for Maxtor DIAMONDMAX +9 160GB DMA133 7200RPM 8MB says:
- Fast ATA/Enhanced IDE Compatible
- Ultra ATA/133 Data Transfer Speed
- Serial ATA version enables transfer speeds up to 150 MB/sec
Further, the Maxtor installation manual says:
"Support of all standard ATA data transfer modes with PIO mode 4 and multiword DMA mode 2, and Ultra DMA modes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6"
Now, I'm not too familiar with the compatibility of the different ATA and IDE modes/speeds. Will I encounter problems installing the Maxtor 6Y160L0 hard drive in backwards compatibility? If I will, what other solutions should I consider? I wouldn't want to upgrade the whole system, since my "closet-server" is just a hobby, but still get more storage capacity. However, I might want to upgrade my system later, so if I buy a new hard drive now, I wouldn't want to buy another one when upgrading.
Thanks for your help!