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Windows 7: Can I add hard drive to pictured PC and is the fan OK

31 Dec 2015   #41
April Raine

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Middle picture: that's a jumper block. It's highly unlikely you need to pay any attention to it. The default status would be with no jumpers attached to any of those 8 pins and that should be fine. Look at your PC manual for the odd situation where you might have to use a jumper. A jumper would have to fit down over 2 of those 8 pins, so you'd have to locate a jumper if you needed to use one, but that's unlikely.

How to physically install, set jumper settings, and set up a Serial ATA, EIDE, or SSD drive in Windows | WD Support

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumper_%28computing%29

Right picture: that looks like a standard SATA power connector, not the older PATA/EIDE. Does it have 15 copper contacts on it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA
OK thanks. No i do not need jumpers.


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31 Dec 2015   #42
bigmck

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by April Raine View Post
@wasnotwas there are differentr size SATA's? It is bigger than the hard disk SATA. 16 pins i think?
The picture on the right is a SATA Power Cord. There is only one size. It hooks on to the hard drive and most likely the end not in the picture has four metal plugs which plugs into the Power Supply.
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04 Jan 2016   #43
April Raine

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Ok I have the hard drive and SATA. i want to add 4 GB RAM. There 4 slots 2GB in one and 1 GB in the other. 2free .With dual channel RAM do I need to get 2X2GB and put one in each slot rather than 4GB in one ? See this starting at 57 secs and my screenshot where i seem to have blue and brown slots


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04 Jan 2016   #44
bigmck

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When adding RAM, you need to make sure all are the same and the ones that you buy are compatible with the motherboard. It is better to use a balanced pair of slots rather than having two GB in one side and one GB in the other.
Are you going to use the ones you have and buy additional that match or are you going to get all new?
How to Match RAM to the Motherboard | eHow
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04 Jan 2016   #45
ignatzatsonic

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I guess you have 3 GB RAM right now? 2 GB in one slot and 1 GB in another?

And you want to move to 7 by adding 4 GB?

If that's correct, you should buy 2 x 2 GB and put these 2 new sticks in slots of the same color.

Slots of the same color means they are the same channel. Channel A would be one color and channel B would be the other.

Put the old 2 GB and old 1 GB in the other color slots.

If you want 7 or more total and want to be sure it all runs in dual channel, I'd buy 2 sticks of 4 GB each and put them in slots of the same color. Don't use the old sticks at all.

I'm frankly not sure if a new pair of 2 x 2 GB sticks in one channel combined with the old 1 GB and 2 GB sticks in the other channel (7 total) would necessarily run in single channel mode. Maybe, maybe not.

However---the real world performance difference between 7 GB single channel and 8 GB dual channel is minimal. If money is tight, I could see not buying 2 x 4 GB new sticks.

Regardless, you have to take care about what new RAM you buy. You may have to choose between buying new RAM that is known compatible with the motherboard per the qualified vendor's list and buying new RAM that is compatible with (very similar to in voltage and speed) the 3 GB you already own.

It may be that 4 GB RAM total is all you would reasonably ever use given your habits---in which case just buy 2 x 2 GB of new RAM and don't install the old RAM at all.

RAM is pretty cheap now, so if money is no barrier I'd just buy and use all new sticks---either 2 x 2 GB or 2 x 4 GB.
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04 Jan 2016   #46
April Raine

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
When adding RAM, you need to make sure all are the same and the ones that you buy are compatible with the motherboard. It is better to use a balanced pair of slots rather than having two GB in one side and one GB in the other.
Are you going to use the ones you have and buy additional that match or are you going to get all new?
How to Match RAM to the Motherboard | eHow
I am keeping what i have and adding more. Currently i have 4 slots. One slot has 2GB, one has 1GB and two are empty. I want to add 4GB so 2 GB in each empty slot is better than 4 GB in one?
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04 Jan 2016   #47
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by April Raine View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
When adding RAM, you need to make sure all are the same and the ones that you buy are compatible with the motherboard. It is better to use a balanced pair of slots rather than having two GB in one side and one GB in the other.
Are you going to use the ones you have and buy additional that match or are you going to get all new?
How to Match RAM to the Motherboard | eHow
I am keeping what i have and adding more. Currently i have 4 slots. One slot has 2GB, one has 1GB and two are empty. I want to add 4GB so 2 GB in each empty slot is better than 4 GB in one?
If it all runs in single channel, it shouldn't matter--assuming it's compatible with the board and is recognized. It could be either 2, 2, 2, 1, or 4, 2, 1

If you want to ensure dual channel and want to run more than 4 total, buy 2 x 4 new and don't use the existing RAM at all.
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04 Jan 2016   #48
ThrashZone

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Not all mother boards support 4gb sticks
I'd say you're better off trying to matching the existing 2bg stick if it's possible with 2 more 2gb if you can remove it and get the numbers off it and search for that number
although a set of 4x2gb sticks would be best.
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05 Jan 2016   #49
April Raine

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The crucial scanner recommends these Computer memory and SSD upgrades for Medion Medion Motherboards Medion MS-7616 Motherboard from Crucial

click stay on eu site button to see the RAM suggested

All CL 11 but the RAM I have is CL 9. Won't CL 11 slow it all down to CL 11?
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05 Jan 2016   #50
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by April Raine View Post
The crucial scanner recommends these Computer memory and SSD upgrades for Medion Medion Motherboards Medion MS-7616 Motherboard from Crucial

click stay on eu site button to see the RAM suggested

All CL 11 but the RAM I have is CL 9. Won't CL 11 slow it all down to CL 11?
I'm not sure about that. But...............even if it did the chances of you noticing it are virtually zero. The only place that would show up is in a benchmark.

I'd be more concerned about getting the same speed and voltage. DDR3 1333, 1.5 volts or whatever your current RAM is.

And--if you must have CL 9, there is plenty of that on the market.

Components, Memory, Desktop Memory, 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, 9 - Newegg.com

If you want absolute certainty that all of your RAM will be recognized and run at rated speeds and specs, you pretty much have to buy all new RAM in which each stick in the set is a known match for the other.
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