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#1 daffsbro

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:41 PM

Hello I have a Dell Dimension 8400 It has a 70 Gb Hard drive in it. It is full. I want to buy a Slave drive around 160 Gb
but I know nothing about Sata or how to set it up to be a slave drive.

Can you tell me what kind of a drive I will need to buy? I want around 160gb It needs to be a slave. I have around $75 to spend. I want to buy it on newegg. Just let me know the spec I need and how to make it a slave please.



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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:45 PM

Can you see if this will work? I dont know if it will?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822144416

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:12 PM

To be able to use that drive you need to make sure that you have SATA ports on your motherboard. With SATA you no longer need to worry about which drive is master and which is slave. You just plug it in, configure the BIOS settings, and you're ready to go. Open up your case and look for these ports on your motherboard. If you have free ones than that hard drive will work. But there are two different SATA speeds (3.0 GBit/s and 1.5 GBit/s); the motherboard must support the faster speed in order for you to be able to use that speed. If your motherboard supports only 1.5 GBit/s and you have a 3.0 GBit/s-capable hard drive, then it will still function but at the slower speed.

You may read more about SATA in it's wiki.


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You will also need SATA cables which look like this for the data and like this for the power. If your power supply does not have a SATA power cable than you need a molex-to-SATA adapter They aren't included with that hard drive.

Edited by mand0, 08 August 2007 - 06:15 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:15 PM

ok so your saying i should go ahead and buy this one since i have the port?

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:17 PM

Read my edit; be sure you have the right cables too.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:23 PM

There is an extra power plug but i will need to find one cord to go from the mb to the hd

can you find one you recommend on newegg and post the link please

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:26 PM

There is an extra power plug but i will need to find one cord to go from the mb to the hd


What does this power plug look like? Does it look like a molex or SATA power cable?

The cable that you need to go from the motherboard to the hard drive looks like this.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:33 PM

Its the SATA Power Cable, I know what the cable looks like from the mb to hd but would you be my best friend and pick one out that would work :-D one on newegg.com :-D

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:46 PM

This oughta do it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812123135

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 07:16 PM

Thanks I bought it




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