I'm not very knowledgeable about hardware issues so I wonder if someone here\ncan help me select a new hard drive for my computer, which has an ASUS M3A\nmotherboard? Or at least answer a question or two about the one I'm leaning\ntoward?\n\nMy previous post established that my board can handle two IDE drives - which\nis exactly what I already have - plus 4 SATA drives. I saw a 3 TB internal\ndrive for about 0 two or three months back and thought that might be the\nbest choice but prices seem to have gone up since then because I can't see\nany deals like that.\n\nThis drive is going to be a Christmas present that someone who is\nnon-technical is going to buy for me; she doesn't want to shop online and\nprefers a retail store in her immediate area. So I started looking at my\nfavourite store that has a shop in her area and found this:\n[URL]http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_213_603&item_id=039042[/URL].\nThe picture clearly shows an external drive but I can live with that.\n\nOne problem though. I was trying to verify that this is a SATA drive. The\nonly real product details come up when you click on "Take a Product Tour" so\nI clicked on that. Under the Features tab, it is described as a USB drive,\nwhich I know means it works with a USB cable plugged into a USB port. This\napparently sidesteps the whole IDE/SATA issue altogether (Correct me if I'm\nwrong.) However, when I clicked on the Quick Installation Guide under the\nDocs tab, I found one of those massively generic multilingual documents that\nis supposed to cover every hard drive ever made and it pictures an internal\ndrive that is connected via SATA or PATA.\n\nAm I safe in ignoring the Installation Guide as being irrelevant and just\nrely on the fact that it is USB as stated in the Features? That is my strong\ninclination but I just want to make sure I'm not making an elemental\nmistake.\n\nAlso, does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, with this drive\nor ones very similar to it to help me assess whether this would be a good\nchoice?\n\n-\-\nSome side questions came up while I was trying to find a drive so I'll ask\nthose while I've got you here....\n\nI saw some drives described as "solid state" drives. I hadn't heard of those\nbefore but assume they mean drives where information is stored in something\nanalagous to memory, as opposed to a physical disk that spins as on a\ntraditional drive. Does anyone have any knowledge of the generic\ncharacteristics of these drives? I'm imagining a more reliable drive since\nthere would, presumably, be no moving parts in such a drive to fail. But if\nthis is very new technology, it seems likely that the first generations will\nbe somewhat buggy and problematic. Also, would a solid state drive be as\nfast as or even faster than a traditional mechanical drive? Would you buy\none of these for yourself if you needed another drive or are they a bad idea\nat this stage?