I have a machine with the following controllers:
- 82801IR/IO/IH (ICH9R/DO/DH) 4 port SATA IDE Controller
- 82801I (ICH9 Family) 2 port SATA IDE Controller
I have a Seagate ST3250310AS ATA Disk plugged into the 4 port controller (along with a DVD drive). I would like to add another disk to this machine and completely overwhelmed by the options. It has been ages since I've bought a harddrive.
I am not sure that specific hardware recommendations are allowed on SuperUser.com, but if people can make some generic suggestions about what type of harddrive, that would be great. The kind of thing I don't know but probably need to know is: the differences between SATA I/II/III, whether a SATA III device is compatible with a SATA I controller, and so on.
While I would like a quick drive, capacity is more important than speed, so SSD is not an option. Thanks in advance for any generic advice. Also, I don't think it really makes any difference, but this machine dual boots Vista and Ubuntu 10.10 with most of the time spent in Ubuntu - I wouldn't be using this new disk outside of Ubuntu.