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HP Pavilion a1777c Motherboard Native Support For Both SATA and EIDE?

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Pavilion a1777c TV PC
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Does the motherboard for a HP Pavilion a1777c TV PC have support for EIDE HDDs as well as for SATA?

 I bought this computer for $15.00 at a thrift store and it has no HDD. By the loose cables inside it's clear that the original HDD was SATA. I do not have any spare SATA HDDs but I do have some EIDE drives sitting in a few old computers that I no longer use. I've seen a few pictures on the HP site that identified IDE/EIDE connectors on HP motherboards that look pretty similar to a couple empty connectors on this MB. I just want to find out for sure from someone here since I can't seem to get a definitive answer on my own investigation.

I would like to try to fix this computer up as a PVR. It has a Hauppauge Wintv HVR 1600 TV tuner already. All things being equal, I would rather get a new SATA drive, but I would hate to spend the money when I don't even know for sure that there isn't something wrong with the machine that won't show up until I install a HDD and try to install Vista (the OS it shipped with) and all the drivers.

Currently I don't have another computer that I would want to put a new SATA drive into as a secondary if this HP doesn't work properly.

On the other hand, I think that the biggest EIDE HDD I have is 250GB -- and used. Free is great, but....

I'll have to sort out my priorities myself, but first I need to know whether it's even possible to use a EIDE HDD in this computer (without an adapter).

Also, the DVD drive is still hooked up with SATA cables. Providing that the MB supports EIDE as well, is there any reason why the DVD drive could not be left with the SATA connection while the HDD runs off EIDE?

Thank you for your interest!

Grant

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Your motherboard does have suppport for EIDE and SATA hard disks.

 

 

I suggest purchasing and using a new SATA drive.

 

You never know when a EIDE drive is going to stop functioning and really disappoint you. 😉 



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Thanhs for that, erico!

 

What about my secondary question? If I install a EIDE HRR, can I leave the DVD drive on SATA, or does everything have to be either one or the other?

 

Grant

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Yes. You can leave the optical disk on a SATA port.



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