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Hard drive I need to increase the GB what hard drive do i need is it IDE or SATA in my Dell Optiplex170L

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If you look at the hard drive inside your computer, there will be 2 cables plugged into it. If one of the cables is a flat cable about 2 inches wide, then its IDE interface type.


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