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« on: January 30, 2005, 07:42:03 PM »

I have a Dell Dimension L computer, still running Windows 98.  Its 20-gig hard drive is just about filled up and I'd been planning on adding a second hard drive, copying all the data to it, then installing WinXP on the existing drive, and perhaps partitioning the existing drive for dual 98/XP boot capability.

I quickly ran into a big snag though.  The Dell Dimension L series doesn't look like it supports adding a second HD.  The documentation talks about REPLACING the existing drive, not adding a second one.

So a bunch of questions here:

1. Is there ANY way to add an internal second HD to a Dell Dimension L?

2. If no, is there a practical means of copying all the data from the current hard drive to a new one before installing the new one?  And of course, then retaining the data on the new drive while installing the OS.

3. How viable are external HDs as an alternative?  Are they slower than internal ones?  I have USB 1.1 on my computer.

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2005, 10:54:04 PM »

Did a liitle bit of research and found out that your mobo (motherboard) should have two IDE connectors on it. This means that there won't be a problem adding a second HDD to the system.

What you need to have to do this is an IDE cable that has three (3) IDE connectors on it, if you don't have one you can buy it cheap at the local computer store and you also need to have a spare molex power connector.


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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2005, 11:10:41 PM »

Thanks so much.  The issue as I understand it - and there's limited understanding going on here! - is that there isn't an actual physical bay designed to house a second drive.  I've not opened the computer up yet, but from the diagrams, and from the few times I've been in it before, I think I remember there being plenty of room.  Just not an actual bay.  The documentation itself mentions nothing about adding a drive, only replacing one.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2005, 11:34:35 PM »

If there isn't a bay for then you'll just have to stick it somewhere. You may have to drill some holes for that to screw it in but just have a look and see if there's anywhere you can put it before you go drilling any holes.

If you need to drill holes to mount the drive you're going to have to take everything out of the case because thoes little bits of metal that'll fall out of the hole will cause lots of problems if you don't empty out the case first.

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