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#1 drg3824

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 11:45 AM

The geeks at Bestbuy tell me that i need a PATA hard drive to replace the bad ide that i have now. Is there anything different that i might have to do after installing and going by the DEll owners manual for re installing the operating system and the the drivers? I have read the book 119 times to make sure i know what i am doing, with very little previous experience, i am confident the new hard drive install will be very easy. It's just the rest of it i am a little concerned about. Thanks. I plan on doing all of this tomorrow morning. 1 more thing. How will this new and larger hard drive effect the computer in question, about 5 yrs old, will it run a little better?

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 11:59 AM

As long as you have the installation CD for the operating system and the CD for the drivers you should be good to go.

I would make one suggestion, before you touch anything inside the case touch the metal of the case to discharge any static electricity you may have accumulated. Electrostatic discharges can kill some electronic components.

You probably won't notice any real difference in performance. The quickest way to increase the speed of the computer is to add more RAM.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 12:39 PM

Thanks. I know diddly (hardly) about computers as you might be aware of by now. I drive a tractor trailer all day. Luckily, i'm on vacation this week so i can deal with all this stuff. However, i just want to be sure i don't make any bad mistakes, that's why i am here as you guys came highly recommended to me and this is where i am gonna stay. I have a computer and GPS in my tractor and i know just what i am supposed to know. That's it. Actually, i know a little about desktops, but it's nothing compared to what you guys know. Thanks again. I'll check with you guys again later when i get the new hard drive and begin the surgery.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 12:55 PM

Here is a good tutorial for making the installation.

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