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Need help buying a new hard drive & RAM


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#1 GreggWriter

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:06 PM

A Dell Optiplex GX520 crashed at work (and I got it before it was thrown out) and via "Disks" utility I saw the hard drive was bad. I wasn't sure if I wanted to try to get it going again (and the expense involved) since it's old but it's also 64 bit so I figured, What the hell. (And believe it or not the computer it will be replacing (my home computer) is even older, and only 2GB RAM and 32 bit processor). I plan on putting Xubuntu (Linux) OS on it.

 

I've looked around and have narrowed my choice to two hard drives, but first and foremost I would to know if they would both fit and work.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD3S65664

 

and

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD2N46613

 

I'm leaning toward the 320 GB one because it's bigger, but any feedback as to which would be best would be appreciated. Thank you.

 

Sorry it took me a while to figure out I couldn't include an attachment. Here is  photo of the old hard drive. Thanks.

 

https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/e963/48o24av7geb4d8s6g.jpg

 

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#2 Agouti

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:18 PM

I believe the computer has a 3.5 inch drive.  Laptops use 2.5 inch drives.  Hard drives only come in these two sizes.  The easiest way to confirm which you have is to open up the case and take out the hard drive.  As for the capacity, the bigger the better, IMHO.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:26 PM

I believe the computer has a 3.5 inch drive.  Laptops use 2.5 inch drives.  Hard drives only come in these two sizes.  The easiest way to confirm which you have is to open up the case and take out the hard drive.  As for the capacity, the bigger the better, IMHO.

Thanks Agouti. I added the data about the old hard drive to the original post if you could take a look. Thanks.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:35 PM

I posted earlier about wanting to get a new hard drive for a Dell Optiplex GX520 Desktop Computer. I'd also like to get RAM. The computer currently has 2 sticks of 1GB each. Here's a picture:

 

https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/2343/v6083gnyvh6aurn6g.jpg

 

And I'd like to get 2 sticks of 2GB each.

 

I know almost nothing about RAM. (Or anything else computer-wise really.) I would be using this on a Linux Operating System. Here are two examples I found. The first is the cheapest available at Newegg. Here it is:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5751WP3214&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

 

And the second I found on Amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/PC2-6400-PC6400-800MHz-Density-Desktop/dp/B00KFN7AG4/ref=sr_1_13?tag=mr060-20&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1462988042&sr=1-13&keywords=desktop+memory&refinements=p_n_feature_four_browse-bin%3A14329121%2Cp_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A673263011

 

I think I would lean toward the Samsung because one of the sticks currently in the computer is Samsung, but like I said I know almost nothing about RAM.

 

First of all--would these sticks work in the GX520?

 

Second, if anybody has any other suggestions (inexpensive, that is) that might be better I'd love to hear them.

 

Thank you.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 05:04 PM

According to Amazon, it's a 3.5 inch hard drive, so pretty much any 3.5 inch hard drive will work.  You just have to decide on the capacity, e.g. 500GB, 1TB, etc.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 12:34 AM

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012Y0QV6/?tag=pcpapi-20 - maxes the RAM out.  Should be a noticeable improvement.  If it is a 32-bit OS then you will only see around 3.2GB of it due to a Windows limitation. Vista SP1 or newer will lie to you however, and tell you you have 4GB available.  This assumes you have the microtower model.

 

As for the 3.5" drives I stopped recommending anything but WD Black or enterprise drives a long time ago because the rest are crap. 

 

https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/optiplex-gx520/drivers

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013J7Q338/?tag=pcpapi-20 - I'd rather have an SSD in that old PC.  And you'd need a SATA cable, mounting hardware assuming 3.5" bay is free (or duct tape it in) to transfer the image of the HDD to the SSD.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015MSJ1DG?psc=1


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 12:47 PM

According to Amazon, it's a 3.5 inch hard drive, so pretty much any 3.5 inch hard drive will work.  You just have to decide on the capacity, e.g. 500GB, 1TB, etc.

Thanks Agouti. Appreciate it.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 01:07 PM

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012Y0QV6/?tag=pcpapi-20 - maxes the RAM out.  Should be a noticeable improvement.  If it is a 32-bit OS then you will only see around 3.2GB of it due to a Windows limitation. Vista SP1 or newer will lie to you however, and tell you you have 4GB available.  This assumes you have the microtower model.

 

As for the 3.5" drives I stopped recommending anything but WD Black or enterprise drives a long time ago because the rest are crap. 

 

https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/optiplex-gx520/drivers

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013J7Q338/?tag=pcpapi-20 - I'd rather have an SSD in that old PC.  And you'd need a SATA cable, mounting hardware assuming 3.5" bay is free (or duct tape it in) to transfer the image of the HDD to the SSD.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015MSJ1DG?psc=1

 

 

Thanks Fascist. I do not have the micro tower model. I'm not sure if I have the regular GX520 or the GX520SFF, but the computer does have a 64-bit capable processor. The Kingston RAM looks great. Thanks. This is such an old computer (11 years old) I'm not up for putting an SSD in it, but thanks for the links. And thanks a lot for the Dell link. It will be really helpful to have that since I had no documentation for this computer at all. Thanks a lot.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 08:33 PM

broke or not i wouldnt have thought any job/company would up and throw away a pc unless they was for sure all the data was off the drive  messy messy.  and from what i see the dell optiplex was a work horse for some companies.






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