Buying replacement h.d for desktop-is this one ok?

  buel 21:27 19 May 09

Hi, im about to reinstall Xp on a new hard drive for my friend who's h.d let him down recently. His desktop pc has an xp licence on the side of it and a very very nice man on this forum has sent me a copy of his Windows Xp home cd that should be here soon so i can reinstall it, what i want to know is is this h.d ok to use? (it is the one priced £41.99 and is 500gb)

click here

I have chose a Samsung purely as the previous h.d was a Samsung, although the previous h.d was 240gb i think.
Im unfamiliar with what 'Sata 2' is and if this will be satisfactory in my friends pc.
Please give me any advice you can!
Thank you.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:38 19 May 09

Is this same machine as click here you said your brother?

What is the PC make/model?

what drive does it have now? IDE PATA or SATA?

SATA2 drives will revert to SATA1 speed if the motherboard only has a SATA1 controller.

  buel 22:09 19 May 09

Sorry Fruit Bat, yes it is the same thread but i didn't seem to be getting any answers about if the h.d was ok or not you see, many apologies for that!

The sticker on the h.d reads: 'Samsung HD160JJ/P'
The pc is aCompaq Presario SR200
How do i tell if it is Pata or Sata please?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:25 19 May 09

Samsung HD160JJ/P is a 160G SATA2 drive.

PATA (EIDE), SATA differences click here

  buel 22:31 19 May 09

Thank you Fb, so that means that the h.d i am thinking of buying should work ok?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:35 19 May 09


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:36 19 May 09

Personally I would buy a Western digital or Seagate rather than a Samsung.

  buel 22:53 19 May 09

The only reason i was going to go for a Samsung is because the last h.d was a Samsung you see. Someone on another thread recommended this...

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