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    Default Question on IDE, SATA, Ultra ATA, ATA 133 drives

    Quick question for someone that may know. What is the difference between them?? I bought a usb to IDE adapter cable that handles 3.5 aND 2.5 inch drives. It basically allows you to make an internal bare drive an external drive. I am plaining on getting a USB Hauppauge TV tuner card so I can record shows off of cable and record it to an external drive, sorta like TiVo.
    Circuti City is having a sale on an ultra ATA 7200 160 Gig drive for $49.
    Question is would I be able to use it with my ide/sata adapter cable?
    Also, what is the maximum limit hard drive size that Windows XP will support? I saw this hard drive that was 500 Gigs!

    Thanks!
    Bob

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    Since this is going to be a USB drive, the type of drive should enter into it.
    The PC should just see it like a "camera card/flash drive/etc"

    However if you are trying to use a 3.5in drive, it will probably require an external 12 v power, were as a 2.5 maybe able to be powered by the USB port itself.

    BG

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    XP does have limits but not it would worry you. The main concern is the BIOS.
    S long as it has Interrupt 13 extensions, which if the computer is a reasonably modern one it has, then the limit is 9 terrabytes.
    As I said that limit would not wory you yet, well until Microsoft bring out the OS that will supercede Vista. :wink:
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