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New hard drive choices

I would like to replace the original 20 gig hard drive in my old dimension 8200 with a much larger one. are there any constraints as to what i can install and what should i look for as far as specs?

thanks in advance, bob

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You can Upgrade the Hard Drive on your system as long as the Hard Drive has an IDE connection with 5400 RPM / 7200 RPM. But I suggest that you get the 7200 RPM. Here are the specs that you can choose from :

40GB IDE / 7200 RPM
80GB IDE / 7200 RPM
120GB IDE / 7200 RPM

**Any Brand Will do (Seagate, Maxtor, Western Digital..etc...)

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Hello, Bob!

Seeing as I am a 6 year veteran of Dell Tech Support, I should be able to help you out, no problem.

One thing that I would like to let you know is this: according to Dell Support Policy, you ARE allowed to put a non-Dell-branded hard drive in your computer. However, if Dell Support deams that this non-Dell hdd has caused another Dell component to fail, they will not replace the defective product. BUT, since it is HIGHLY unlikely that a non-Dell hdd would actually cause any other failure, feel free to purchase a non-Dell hdd. (I often times suggested that customers take this route because unless you're purchasing a refurbished Dell product, you're only paying for the Dell name.)

Anywho...

There really are no limitations to what size hdd you can install in your computer. Of course, a larger hdd will take more time to process information (Basically, there's more surface area to scan when your computer is searching for a specific piece of information.). Your main thing will be determining if you have an IDE hdd or a SATA hdd.

The Dell Tech website CAN be your friend (support.dell.com). From there, you can view original configuration and even available upgrades simply by entering your service tag (Usually found toward the back of your computer, on a black sticker with white text. It should list your service tag, an alpha-numeric value, and express service code, an all-numeric value).

If I were in your position, I would most likely not go over a 160g or 200g hard drive... simply to keep decent performance.

Hope I helped!

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