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Unread 09-08-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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Smile DELL Dimension 2400 Upgrade DVD Drive & HDD Help?

K I have been upgrading a old dell dimension 2400 I got for free so its all good for now because I am bulding my own PC and ren short of cash 4 a bit
on that!! So the 2400 is gonna be my PC for a bit. I have upgraded the RAM to 2GB I have Upgraded the GPU to a READON 9250 and I have a P4 CPU on the way that I baught from eBay.


Now my next move for this is to get a better HDD its tiny iv only got 40gb of space lol in dis days world 40GB is nothing. Can anyone help me out on what tyep of HDD I need to get for the 2400? If I can only have one or can I have two??


2nd thing... I have a *** CD-ROM drive in there and I want a DVD Drive (As long as it will read DVDs I will be happy I have a external for burning would be better to buy a DVD Drive that reads and burns do) so any one got some help on what drive will fit my 2400? :-)
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Re: DELL Dimension 2400 Upgrade DVD Drive & HDD Help?

both HDD's and optical drives can be either IDE or SATA; check what your mobo has.


IDE sockets look like this:

SATA sockets look like this:



You can put two drives on each IDE channel, one a "master", the other as "slave". So assuming your mobo has two IDE channels, the boot HDD should be "master" on the primary channel and any other drives can be arranged however you like.

If your mobo only has one IDE channel (and has SATA) then if you want to have more than one HDD at least one will have to be SATA. If your mobo has SATA I would strongly suggest any new HDD you buy be SATA, as it is faster and cheaper (per byte) than IDE.

If your boot drive is SATA then no need to worry about master/slave drives on the IDE channels.
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Re: DELL Dimension 2400 Upgrade DVD Drive & HDD Help?

CHEERS Pal pics and d lot to help great my mobo on the 2400 has some SATA and it has I am fully sure two IDE too. Iv been thinking a bit too and SSD are for win7 and up only are they? Because If I buy one I can re use it on my new build....that is coming along at a snails pace lol also I was thinking a massive external HDD to hold loads of HD movies and all of that sort of stuff. Im def going to upgrade the HDD thats in the PC too do, Its old and 40gb is way too small..... So what do ye think?
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An external drive to store movies, and other files you don't need constant constant access to, is a very good idea because when you aren't using it you can just switch it off/unplug it, so it should last longer than an internal drive which even if it spins down for inactivity will be polled, scanned and generally bothered by Windows all the time.

If your mobo has enough SATA ports to put all your drives on then SATA all the way; SATA HDDs are almost always faster than IDE, plus most BIOSs take less time POST-checking SATA drives than IDE ones (plus jumpers on the drives is always a PITA to set up).

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