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#1 Atropos

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:19 AM

I'm looking to upgrade the hard drive in my old Dell Dimension 2400, from 80gb to something a bit more appropriate, but I'm not sure if it can handle anything bigger--like perhaps 500gb? And what would be a good brand to go by? I require IDE / PATA.

Also, some I've been looking at state they are 3.5 inch but the specs for my dell say "Internally accessible: one bay for 1-inch–high IDE hard drive" so this would not work? There is a 3.5 inch bay for what I assume would be for a floppy but there's no cage or anything to hold a hdd?

I'm sorry if I'm asking silly questions, numbers tend to baffle me and I'm not entirely tech-savvy. But I'd really appreciate the help!

My Dell's specs: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/specs.htm
- celeron processor 2.3GHz ( I think )
- psu upgraded to 500w
- ram: currently 2 x 512mb with 1gb module coming in the mail

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:31 PM

Since your system only has IDE available the largest drive easily available is 500 GB. The only other option would be to get an add-in SATA controller card and an SATA drive. The specs say there is one internal slot for a 1" high IDE drive. You can't find an IDe that is bigger than that anymore so you'll be fine in that regard.
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:01 PM

Are you on budget?

Edited by killerx525, 26 March 2011 - 05:02 PM.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:00 PM

Are you on budget?


Yes, I forgot to mention it. Looking for something preferably under $70 ...maybe $80 if I can manage it.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:12 PM

Can you take a clear photo of the area of the cage?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 12:51 PM

Can you take a clear photo of the area of the cage?

http://i56.tinypic.com/98zvpf.jpg
http://i56.tinypic.com/2wr3why.jpg

Will these do? I can take more in need-be.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:50 PM

Your system will be able to easily hold up to 2TB (current limit); there is no limit unless your computer is pre-1995.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 12:08 AM

Based from the pictures taken, it looks like it might fit in a standard 3.5inch hard drive. To be sure, you should take out the hard drive and take a photo of that.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:33 PM

Based from the pictures taken, it looks like it might fit in a standard 3.5inch hard drive. To be sure, you should take out the hard drive and take a photo of that.

http://i55.tinypic.com/2lsgy0x.jpg
http://i54.tinypic.com/1zm06qo.jpg

Hope these are clear enough.

Your system will be able to easily hold up to 2TB (current limit); there is no limit unless your computer is pre-1995.

Oh really? 2TB sounds great, but prolly out of my price range, ha.

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:40 AM

That looks like a 3.5inch hard drive. Please publish snapshot.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 04:45 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/3YTtVZ3GASPqm01Toz6lCGB
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:13 AM

Your current hard drive is definitely a 3.5inch since i found your hard drive a few sites which the details on the website said it is a 3.5. You should buy this hard drive.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:38 PM

Your current hard drive is definitely a 3.5inch since i found your hard drive a few sites which the details on the website said it is a 3.5. You should buy this hard drive.

Really? Wow. But why would the Dell specs say 1inch? Odd. But anyway, thank you (and everyone else) for clearing things up for me!

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 09:59 PM

If you want to double check if it will fit or not, you can borrow have 3.5 hard drive from someone and try to fit it in.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:29 PM

One inch is the thickness of the drive where 3.5" is the width. Since as I stated before all 3.5" IDE drive currently available are made to this 1" high standard any IDE drive will work.
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