I have just aquired a Maxtor DiamondMax 200GB PATA 133HDD. Can anyone tell me the significance of PATA and whether I am likely to have any difficulty installing this drive as a slave drive in my computer which I purchased in 2004 and which has a 160gb hard drive configured to NTFS.
PATA stands for Parallel ATA or IDE. If you bought the system in 2004, most likely the 160Gb drive you have in it will be an IDE or ATA drive. Should not be an issue with using this as a secondary or slave device provided that it's jumpered correctly. If the 160Gb drive is jumpered as a Master, then this drive will need to be jumpered as slave. If the 160Gb drive is jumpered as Cable Select (CS) then the 200Gb drive will need to be jumpered as CS. You can find jumper settings for Maxtor internal drives at the following KB article #3050