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adding a hard drive

  1. #1


    Steve Shattuck Guest

    adding a hard drive

    I have a Dell computer running xp pro with an 80 gig Ultra ATA hard drive.
    There is only one hard drive bay but there are two optical drive bays that I
    am currently using. Can I take out one of my DVD drives and put a hard drive
    in that bay that would work along with my current drive? I want to get an
    internal drive because of the cost savings over the external. Lastly, is
    the drive listed above the same as a SATA drive?
    Thank you,


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  2. #2


    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: adding a hard drive

    Yes, it is ok to do that, and no, an Ultra ATA drive is not SATA. To
    confirm, open the side and look at the cabling to the drive. If it is the
    same type of cabling to the hard drive as it is to the CD/DVD units, your
    hard drive is just a regular PATA.

    --
    Mike Hall - MVP
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
    Posting Productively.. http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm



    "Steve Shattuck" <SteveShattuck@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:3C4BDEDF-B681-48F8-982B-F4C7F57D50DD@xxxxxx

    >I have a Dell computer running xp pro with an 80 gig Ultra ATA hard drive.
    > There is only one hard drive bay but there are two optical drive bays that
    > I
    > am currently using. Can I take out one of my DVD drives and put a hard
    > drive
    > in that bay that would work along with my current drive? I want to get an
    > internal drive because of the cost savings over the external. Lastly, is
    > the drive listed above the same as a SATA drive?
    > Thank you,
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Steve Shattuck Guest

    Re: adding a hard drive

    Thank you Mike. One more question. I opened my computer and confirmed that
    the HD uses the same cabling as the DVD.
    Can I pop that cabling off the DVD and plug it into the new hard drive or do
    I have to piggy back it onto the hd that's in my dell?
    Ooops, one more question. If my current drive is a Pata, what should I be
    looking for in a new drive. Pata; Sata; IDE;
    Thanks again,

    "Mike Hall - MVP" wrote:

    > Yes, it is ok to do that, and no, an Ultra ATA drive is not SATA. To
    > confirm, open the side and look at the cabling to the drive. If it is the
    > same type of cabling to the hard drive as it is to the CD/DVD units, your
    > hard drive is just a regular PATA.
    >
    > --
    > Mike Hall - MVP
    > http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
    > Posting Productively.. http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve Shattuck" <SteveShattuck@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:3C4BDEDF-B681-48F8-982B-F4C7F57D50DD@xxxxxx

    > >I have a Dell computer running xp pro with an 80 gig Ultra ATA hard drive.
    > > There is only one hard drive bay but there are two optical drive bays that
    > > I
    > > am currently using. Can I take out one of my DVD drives and put a hard
    > > drive
    > > in that bay that would work along with my current drive? I want to get an
    > > internal drive because of the cost savings over the external. Lastly, is
    > > the drive listed above the same as a SATA drive?
    > > Thank you,
    > >
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: adding a hard drive

    Steve

    After the introduction of SATA (Serial ATA), IDE has been retroactively
    renamed PATA (Parallel ATA)..

    You just need a regular PATA/IDE drive. The cabling will fit ok.

    Dell generally set the jumpers on the drives for CS (Cable Select). You may
    need to visit the hard drive manufacturer web site to confirm position of
    the jumper(s) on the back of the hard drive.

    Also check the jumper of the optical drive removed as this will confirm
    whether the drives are in fact jumpered as CS or as Master/Slave.

    You will also need a mounting kit as hard drives are 3.5in and optical
    drives are 5.25in

    http://www.directron.com/mis-kit-hd.html

    --
    Mike Hall - MVP
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
    Posting Productively.. http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm



    "Steve Shattuck" <SteveShattuck@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:00F35688-1969-48AB-8958-A584E83F38EF@xxxxxx

    > Thank you Mike. One more question. I opened my computer and confirmed
    > that
    > the HD uses the same cabling as the DVD.
    > Can I pop that cabling off the DVD and plug it into the new hard drive or
    > do
    > I have to piggy back it onto the hd that's in my dell?
    > Ooops, one more question. If my current drive is a Pata, what should I be
    > looking for in a new drive. Pata; Sata; IDE;
    > Thanks again,
    >
    > "Mike Hall - MVP" wrote:
    >

    >> Yes, it is ok to do that, and no, an Ultra ATA drive is not SATA. To
    >> confirm, open the side and look at the cabling to the drive. If it is the
    >> same type of cabling to the hard drive as it is to the CD/DVD units, your
    >> hard drive is just a regular PATA.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Mike Hall - MVP
    >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
    >> Posting Productively.. http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Steve Shattuck" <SteveShattuck@xxxxxx> wrote in
    >> message
    >> news:3C4BDEDF-B681-48F8-982B-F4C7F57D50DD@xxxxxx

    >> >I have a Dell computer running xp pro with an 80 gig Ultra ATA hard
    >> >drive.
    >> > There is only one hard drive bay but there are two optical drive bays
    >> > that
    >> > I
    >> > am currently using. Can I take out one of my DVD drives and put a hard
    >> > drive
    >> > in that bay that would work along with my current drive? I want to get
    >> > an
    >> > internal drive because of the cost savings over the external. Lastly,
    >> > is
    >> > the drive listed above the same as a SATA drive?
    >> > Thank you,
    >> >
    >>
    >>

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