I currently have 2 SATA drives (an 80 gb and a 140 gb) running on an AA8XE A-BIT Motherboard. I have a few video editing projects to finish in the near future, and my current 200gb of storage isn't nearly enough. I plan on adding 1 terabyte (2x 500gb drives) of memory, but don't want to go the external route as my desk is cluttered as it is. Unfortunately, I don't know much about adding internal drives.
Here are the two drives I currently have, 2 Seagate Barracudas 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache:
I plan on keeping these drives, as well as adding
the 2 500gb drives. Since I've had these two drives for 2 years without a problem, I decided to go with the same company for the additional drives: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA
Please let me know if there's anything I'm overlooking in my choice of new drives.
Moving on, I see that my motherboard does in fact have two more SATA slots:
So, I need to plug each drive into each SATA slot using the SATA cable, no problem. But, I also need to plug a power cable into each drive; so where does this come from? I see in the first picture that the orange/red/black/yellow cables are the power cables, but those come straight out of the power supply and the cable ends on the second drive. Where do I plug the power in for the new drives?
My knowledge of adding RAM is even smaller than my knowledge of adding drives.
I currently have a gig of RAM (1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2x 512 MB)
Upon scanning my system at crucial.com, I see that the most RAM I can add is 4 gigs:
2.x Compliant Error
DDR2 SDRAM Frequencies:
PC2-3200 and PC2-4200
Supported DRAM Types:
DDR2 SDRAM only
Max Unbuffered DDR2 SDRAM:
Module Types Supported:
Max Component Density:
PCI Express x16
240-pin DDR2 DIMM Banking:
4 (2 banks of 2)
Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.
Since I can add up to 4 gigs of memory, that's what I'd like to do. However, the site states "your system requires that you install memory in pairs", so does this mean that if I have a gig in one pair of slots (2x 512mb), I must have a gig in the other pair of slots? Or can I have a gig in one pair of slots (2x 512 mb) and 2 gigs in the other pair of slots (2x 1gb)?
The site states "your system requires that you install memory in pairs", so does this mean that if I have a gig in one pair of slots (2x 512mb), I must have a gig in the other pair of slots? Going by the numbers on the above image, would I be able to move memory 2 over into slot 1, and then add a 2gb kit (2x 1gb) into slots 3 and 4? What's the most amount of memory I can add without having to ditch the 2x 512mb cards I already have?
Sorry for my lack of knowledge regarding this and as a result my possibly confusing post.