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I'm Looking To Buy An Internal Hard Drive..


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#1 Bar Barrow

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 11:38 AM

How do I found out if i have IDE or SATA? Also which internal hard drives seem to be the best ones to get? I would like to do so because i have only 1.11 gbs of free space on my computer, and am looking to have at least 4-4.5 gb free to put two games on there.

I was looking at seagate internal. about 250 serial ATA150 (notebook hard drive) whats a note book hard drive? I have an xp

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:25 PM

Laptop or desktop system?

The system documentation will tell you whether it supports SATA or PATA/IDE drives...or a combination of those two.

Motherboard manuals contain same information.

System make/model/manufacturer?

I don't think there is any such thing as a "best" hard drive, they all seem to work for me. Seagate seems to be a bit cheaper than most these days and I've always had success with their drives.

A good source for buying such online: www.newegg.com or www.tigerdirect.com would be my suggestions.

A notebook hard drive is a drive (2.5 inches in width) that fits laptops/notebook computers. A regular desktop hard drive is 3.5 inches in width and much too large to fit inside a notebook/laptop.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:03 PM

i have a desktop system

where do i find the documentation? is that a manual that came with the computer because i cannot find that.

its a windows xp home edition version 2002 by dell

could a notebook 2.5 fit in a regular desktop drive?

all the internal ones i've seen at newegg have been note book drives
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:18 PM

Give us the make/model of the computer.
A 2.5 notebook hard drive will fit in a desktop with a conversion kit
Newegg sells tons of 3.5 drives Newegg
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:48 AM

where do i find the make/model and thankyou for the link. :thumbsup:
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:10 AM

where do i find the make/model and thankyou for the link. :thumbsup:

Not for the hard drive, the computer. Just so we know if it's IDE or SATA
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:36 PM

isnt the make dell? /Dimension 4300
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 01:41 PM

I believe these are your computer specs. http://support.dell.com
You need a 3.5 internal IDE hard drive. If you're adding this to a computer which already has a hard drive you need to jumper the new drive as slave and the original to master or master with slave present ( whichever is stated on the drive's exterior). Then you will have to format and partition the new drive. Any questions after you get the new drive, just post back and someone will be glad to help
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 04:05 AM

Hello all! newbie on this site but been around awhile, Bar B. you need an IDE


ATA-66 or ATA-100 Ultra DMA hard drive for your system. You didn't say what you are using it for but it is getting old now, is it worth a new harddrive? The Motherboard is the heart of any computer, not the 'brand' not many actually make components, just assemble them, [usually with dated motherboards and cpu's and preloaded with OS, and other crap you don't need and no O/S or program disc's ] How can anyone download the drivers if they can't get online in the first place? Before you install a new harddrive make sure that you have all of your drivers backed up! At the very least your motherboard drivers On a cd, not the harddrive. I have been there and done that! [many years ago!] Also if you install a second H/D don't format the first one by mistake! done that as well!. Build your own system, it is a lot cheaper and you learn a lot as well. Sorry to make my first post so long, I got carried away. Once I knew nothing about computers and now thanks to a lot of sites like this one and all the friendly guys out there, that suffer 'fools' gladly, maybe remembering, that once, they were the 'fool', I have learnt a lot and still learning.
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