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#1 superking75

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 10:37 PM

I have a dell dimention 2500 that I am getting ready to scrap. And i was wondering if it would be possible to take the hdd in it and putting it in my main desktop the HP Envy (though the hdd is only about 50GB i think.) And how would i do it. I am asking because I don't know if the windows xp on it will cause problems. The computer has not been used for years and i dont care what happens to the data on it.

 

By the way is their anything else that would be usefull in the old pc?

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#2 technonymous

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 11:10 PM

There is a ton of things you can do with a old system. Make it in to a media box and files shares on the local network. Make it into a server, make it into a firewall, put some linux on it and tinker around on it. Home security system and camera's. Whatever you can imagine to get use out of it.



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Posted 10 January 2016 - 11:09 AM

Probably not worth the trouble. Your Envy looks like a modern SATA rig as far as storage is concerned and I am sure the Dell HDD is a PATA drive. Maybe your motherboard has a PATA connection but the drive isn't big enough to do much except maybe hold a Linux install. You could probably install Linux on the old Dell. What is its system number?



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:25 AM

I think technonymous and raymac covered it. You could save it for testing another clunker but some drives will stop working if not used on a regular basis. Too small for much, maybe that Linux to 'tinker'. Then again I just cobbled together 2 P4 boxes for an Uncle whose friends like to run old CAD/CAM applications.






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