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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
Hi, I have a dell 8400 with 3ghz processor, 1gb ram and a 150 gb hard drive. I want to buy a new hard drive cos mine's nearly full, but I know stupidly litle about computers. I fancy one from ebuyer, but can I just slot in for eg a sata western digital 250 gb hard drive with 16mb cache? Will my oldish computer be compatible? Thanks if anyone can offer advice.
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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leighrebecca
Hi, I have a dell 8400 with 3ghz processor, 1gb ram and a 150 gb hard drive. I want to buy a new hard drive cos mine's nearly full, but I know stupidly litle about computers. I fancy one from ebuyer, but can I just slot in for eg a sata western digital 250 gb hard drive with 16mb cache? Will my oldish computer be compatible? Thanks if anyone can offer advice.



I have had a quick look online and the 8400 appears to have SATA drives. Open up your case to make sure. The cables should look similar to the ones below. I have done quite a bit of computer building over the last few years and as far as I am aware you should be able to use any 3.5" HD drive with a SATA connection. Just leave your original HD as the primary boot drive and you should be bale to use the new one for storage.

http://sierra-cables.com/SATA/Images/SATA-Signal-Cable-1.jpg
#2
Wow, thanks for replying. That' so helpful.
#3
if you're gonna buy one may I suggest you go for a 500 gb capacity..you'll soon find 250 gb becomes full if you regularly download films and music.
#4
Your other option if your worried about compatibility issues is to go for an external drive.

I got one instead of sticking a bigger hard drive in my machine and its worked out quite well as if i have anything a friend wants or vice versa its easy done :thumbsup:
#5
One other thing to note, leighrebecca, is that most modern Dell machines have their own-standard blue-plastic drive carry that you need to mount the HDD inside the case.

They're notoriously difficult to come by, and usually retail for around £10 on ebay. I honestly can't find anywhere else to get them.

But open up your machine and check if yours needs one, or just go for the external drive.

Perhaps someone with experience in this area can recommend an alternative.

Hope it helps.
#6
You've all been terribly helpful. Will get the case open tonight. Hope we can put one inside really as I wouldn't need to transfer things and it would be so much neater. (and rather cheaper!) Thankyou so much.

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