Dell Dimension 4500 - replacement internal hard drive

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  1. LenC

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    I'd like to increase size of internal hard drive on this backup computer. How do I determine the appropriate specifications? I don't understand the various specifications beyond knowing I do NOT want a sata drive. Do I want IDE or EIDE? How about RPM speed? How about ATA 100 or 133?

    Thanks for your guidance on this.
     
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    LenC, first, use Crystal Disk Info to find the specs on the drive you already have. Then, use your Dell™ Dimension™ 4500 Manuals page for more info. Looks like IDE Ultra ATA100 is what you have (from the Technical Specs page) and at newegg.com, you'll find quite a few. 7200 RPM is today's average standard.
     
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    JRViejo and wtsinnc -

    Thank you VERY much - very helpful information.

    Regards,
    Len
     
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    LenC, you're welcome! Take care.
     
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    I'll report back - I need to find some time to work on this - but it sounds pretty straightforward.
     
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    Thanks - I almost always use Newegg - really like them:thumb:
     
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    From the Newegg website...
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    LenC, coupled with the info that Blue just gave you, review Adding a Second Hard Drive in the Adding Parts section of your Dell Manual.
     
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    Thank you Blue -

    No-frills packaging is fine. I just want to be sure I won't have to purchase or supply any additional items such as cables or connectors. Is that correct? Are there at least basic instructions?
     
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    Yes. Your PC should have a spare power cable and a second connector on the ribbon cable, both of which you will plug in to your new drive. Pretty easy to check, anyway.....just open the case and make sure they exist.

    Nope. I've bought quite a few OEM HDDs from Newegg and not one has come with anything more inside the box than the drive and bubble wrap.
     
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    You may have to wait a few seconds for this to load, also listen while he explains what he is going to do, but this site is showing you how to install a second hard drive. It's really worth watching, give it a try.

    http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/videoview/181919

    Also shows videos of other hardware work people may need to do.
     
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    Will definitely check this out - thank you!
     
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