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POWER CONNECTORS INFLEXIBLE ON DELL 3100


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#1 chris1284

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 05:25 PM

I'm an inexperienced computer do-it-yourselfer. I would like to install a second internal hard drive on a Dell Dimension 3100.

I have made the connections and the second hard drive has been recognized. It seems the Dell engineers take special pride in presenting an unfriendly user design. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FREE LENGTH PROVIDED BETWEEN THE POWER CONNECTORS TO PERMANENTLY INSTALL THE SECOND HARD DRIVE.

I would obviously very much appreciate some advice on how to proceed. Is there a wire splitter of some sore sort that can provide the extra length required to install the second internal hard drive in the unused second bay?

I'm certainly hoping that I don't have to replace the power supply to line the pockets of Dell Inc.

Again any advice is appreciated. I presume
I'm not the first peson to confront this obstacle.

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 05:52 PM

There are adapters/extensions available, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...pk=ide%20cables

They work :thumbsup:.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:01 PM

Thank you for your helpful advice. Sorry for the late acknowledgement of your assistance. :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:07 PM

No problem, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:57 PM

" It seems the Dell engineers take special pride in presenting an unfriendly user design."

It's noy just Dell.
Most "brand name" computer manufacturers don't build computers with upgrading in mind.
They don't want people to be able to easily extend the usefullness of a computer.
They want a user to buy a new computer.
They count on computers becoming "obsolete" pretty quick [couple of years tops] so people will "upgrade" by buying a new computer.
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