Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Weekend Projects: Installing an SATA drive, a WRN special report


Listen up kiddies, dontEATnachos is not the only technically-inclined-yet-well-rounded nerd on this blog. We all are. That is sort of the definition of well rounded, but I digress.

This weekend I am going to add more stuff to more porn machine world of warcraft injectorcomputer. I already have two hard drives, a 40GB and a 20GB, but I want to add a 100GB+ for all my porn Diablo2 characters 3d video gamesmusic. I could add a third IDE hard drive but those cables are flipping annoying. I have heard that adding a third IDE (the old kind with the big grey ribbons for you non-rounded people) is actually a pain in the ass and I have three available SATA connections, so that is the project.

There is room in the case and I am not at all worried about that. Nor am I worried about heat, since I had to remove the side of my case this summer due to heat. I like to think that this had made my computer sort of rad, like a car with a hemi/air intake sticking out of the hood. Really, it looks more like a car up on blocks in your front yard that the neighborhood kids play in.

I have already added a gig of memory to this computer to play one game and that is not hard. There is only way memory sticks can fit and if you can’t figure that out, then you are the kind of person that needs to ask the flight attendants to strap you in to your seat because the airplane seatbelt is too comlicated for you. I am the kind of person who asks the flight attendants to do it for me because I like having women’s hands in my crotch.

Whatever. The point is that SATA drives do not have the traditional jumpers in the back that are used to set master/slave status. I don’t know why, but SATA drives are newer and this sounds a lot like TVs. Newer television sets have less buttons and require a 350 page manual and a degree in particle physics just to set the channels. Old TVs with buttons worked just fine, but designers get bored with designing things that look cool and instead have contests to make the most functional Waterproof TV/Toaster Oven/Electric Blanket with the least amount of controls possible.

But I digress yet again. The only thing I am worried about is annoying problems with master and slave status. According to various forum posts by not-as-well-rounded-and-really-quite-focused nerds, SATA drives are typically auto set as master drives by the BIOS. Since I will be installing a clean 100GB+ drive, I may have to muck about in the BIOS to get it set as a slave drive. I want it set as a slave merely so I can avoid having to install Windows again and download all the fucking updates again. Not to mention my firewall and virus protection software. If I can get the new drive set as a slave I can move all the music into one partition and then just repath my playlists. No big deal.

If anyone out there has done anything like this and run into trouble go ahead and leave your suggestions in the comments, if you haven’t and don’t understand half of the terminology in this post, the flight attendant will be along shortly to prevent you from accidentally strangling yourself with your seatbelt.

11 Comments:

11 Responses to “Weekend Projects: Installing an SATA drive, a WRN special report”

  1. dontEATnachos Says:

    Also, you bumped my epic War on Christmas post down too far.

    HOURS of work on that post and you bump it to talk about a lame-ass hard drive.

    I’m going to post a 3 page story on ponies because this is lame.

  2. dontEATnachos Says:

    also, just buck up and reinstall windows. It takes like 30 minutes and will get rid of all that useless junk you’ve accumulated over the years from visiting all the porn sites that are infested with spyware and underage teens.

  3. Chuckles Says:

    That is we have ZoneAlarm and Symantec, d00d.

    To clean the files of ill repute off our computer.

  4. Res Publica Says:

    lol @ files of ill repute

    SATA drives are eazy-cheezy, you shouldn’t have any trouble. All the one’s I’ve installed pretty much just worked. SATA’s a great technology. My only beef is that the connectors seem a little loose, especially compared to those old PATA bastards that you had to pull off with the Jaws Of Life.

  5. dontEATnachos Says:

    I think that Chuckles’ main fear is that when he puts a SATA drive in, his existing IDE drive will no longer be recognized as the primary boot drive.

    The BIOS would instead then try to boot off the SATA drive.

    I’ve told him to just buy it and that the worst that can happen is it doesn’t work. Then you can take it back to the place you bought it or just reinstall Windows on it.

    I’m actually a big advocate of cleanly reinstalling Windows once a year anyway.

  6. Chuckles Says:

    Why the hell would you want to reinstall windows every damn year?

  7. dontEATnachos Says:

    because Windows will get slower and slower and eventually become so unstable as to be unusable (or just migraine inducing).

  8. Res Publica Says:

    They say that Vista won’t be like that, that it has some spiffy feature that will actually cause an average installation to become faster and more efficient over time. I didn’t beta test RC1 long enough to really test that claim, since the Second Life client was all crashy on Vista, and I’m a SL whore.

  9. Res Publica Says:

    As far as XP goes though, I’m with donteatnachos. Fresh install at least once a year.

  10. Chuckles Says:

    Shit on a shingle and serve it to Shirley in her sequined skirt.

  11. dontEATnachos Says:

    Yeah, I keep debating whether to try to install Vista on my laptop. I’d guess it would be able to run it (Pentium M 1.8 GHz with a 128MB graphics card and 1GB of memory) but who knows anymore.

    The RC2 is supposedly much better and is still available for free I think.

    I just hope that when Vista comes out that programming for the UI isn’t hugely different. I’m in the process of writing a custom time slider control for controlling the replay of animation (the software I work on with my job has a lot of time based replays) and I’d hate for it to be useless or worse (ugly) in a year.