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hard drive info cord question

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#1 kristjan b

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 03:28 PM


I was trying to add a second hard drive to my dell computer when I noticed that the cord that connects from the mother board (I think) to the hard drive can only connect to one hard drive at a time.
The cord might be called an IDE cord.
I was wondering if I can just go and buy a IDE cord with 2 connecters and plug that into my hard drive, or would I need a special driver or something?
The old hard drive is a quantum fireball CR (I tried to find one online but couldn't) and it has 39 pins (I don't know if that makes a difference or not).

My second question:
There is no where for the rack from the old hard drive to connect to the case, so could I use hot glue?
The hard drive would be at the bottom of the case so it shouldn't move too much. Alternatively I could drill through the bottom of the case and attach screws to the rack.

Thanks for your help.


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Posted 14 October 2009 - 04:03 PM

Older IDE drives have a 40-pin connection (39 pins an one blank). These drives can be installed in parallel using a cable with two connectors. Just be sure that your current hard drive, the one with your OS and everything, is on the end of the cable rather than the middle and that it's set to be the master rather than the slave. Read more about master and slave settings.

As for hot glue... I can't say that it's a bad idea. But I can't say that it's a good one, either. If you can add mount points by drilling the case, I'd do that instead.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 05:10 PM

To answer your second question. What is the model number of the Dell?
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#4 kristjan b

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 02:21 PM

I looked all over my dell and can't find the model number. I'll probably just end up drilling through the bottom of my dell. The holes will be nice and far away from anything important so I'm not too worried.

Thanks for your help

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