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I am trying to remove the harddrive to donate computer. but where

Is it and what does it look like?

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    thank you so much for your help

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Here is the dell manual for your computer

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4300s/

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I am trying to get at hard drive on Gateway 504Gr. I cannot get the side off --- the 'screws' if that is what they are are inverted and too tiny to get any screwdriver in. this tiny things are hold


Margaret,

As you face the front of the Gateway 504gr desktop computer, the Left side panel removes.
Looking at the BACK there are two Thumbscrews to remove.
These are located along the edge of the Side Panel itself;
One located near the Top, and one located near the Bottom.

The thumbscrews may just loosen, and not come out. (Each thumbscrew is supposed to be held on by a small circular clip)

Once they are loosened all the way pull back on the Side Panel using the indented fingergrip molded into the side panel.
Pull back, and then when the panel stops, ease the side panel out.

The Side Panel has 'hooks' made into it, that match up into corresponding slots in the metal computer case frame.
This is why the side panel only slides back so far, then is eased to the outside.

With the Side Panel removed you will note there is a metal frame around the Harddrive. (Harddrive Caddy is the name of the rectangular metal frame)

Remove the power cable to the harddrive, and the data cable.
Remove the one or two Philips head screws which fasten the harddrive to the harddrive caddy.
Slide the harddrive back and remove.

(WATCH your fingers! There are very sharp metal edges present!)

Have any additional questions concerning this please post back in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette



Dec 15, 2014 | Gateway PC Desktops

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Installing a new larger hard drive, and it will not accept it?


Wait a minute! Hold the phone!

HOW, are you trying to install this 320GB harddrive?

You cannot just grab a fresh, new harddrive, and put it in. There's no Operating System on it. It's on the 160GB harddrive.
(Windows XP?)

Not trying to 'sound' condescending, but I do not see anything to support that you know what you are doing.

If you are using a Western Digital 160GB IDE harddrive, you have a motherboard, and BIOS, that is past the size limitation for an IDE harddrive.
The size limitation was 137GB for motherboards, (BIOS program, actually), that had this limitation.

Size limitation isn't your problem.

Plus, LEAVE BIOS ALONE, as far as upgrading.
Why?

A) Power goes out while you are upgrading, and when asked, you do not save a copy of the original BIOS program, you can take your motherboard out, and use it for a Frisbee.

B) IF, there was a BIOS upgrade, AND it is NOT compatible, AND when asked you do not save a copy of the original BIOS program, you can take your motherboard out, and use it for a Frisbee.

Also, if it IS an IDE harddrive, and the old 160GB is an IDE harddrive, you cannot put both harddrives on that flat ribbon cable, AND use the 320GB as a Primary harddrive.

Want to use the 320GB as a Primary harddrive, (Master), and the 160GB as a Secondary harddrive? (Slave) There is a proper procedure.

No, I'm wrong? You have a fresh, new GENUINE copy of Windows, and are going to install it on this 320GB?
[Microsoft makes one Master disk. From it all GENUINE copies are made, and sold to the consumer ]

I hope it is Windows XP, (Home or Pro)
Why?
Because drivers are not be available for Windows Vista (Yecch!), or Windows 7.

What are drivers?
Small pieces of software that allow the Operating System to communicate with a device.
Windows XP and Windows 7, are just two examples of an O/S.
Harddrive, motherboard chipset, optical drive, (CD/DVD drive), audio (Sound), etc., are Devices.

http://support.gateway.com/us/en/emac/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=1460

Winfast is no longer in operation. No help from them.
(The motherboard manufacturer that made the motherboard for eMachines/Gateway. Confusing? Yes, I know.
eMachines sold out to Gateway. Guess what? Gateway SOLD OUT to Acer. Isn't this fun(?)


The motherboard is a Gateway MCP61SM2MA. Part number Gateway 4006232R.

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006232R/4006232Rnv.shtml

1) Has one Parallel ATA connector on the motherboard.

[PATA. Term is also known as IDE. Just to be more confusing, it is also known as EIDE. Enhanced IDE brought out by Western Digital, back in the day. The reason PATA is used, is to help distinguish it from SATA.
Serial ATA. This will help you understand,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA ]

On the main Gateway support page I linked above, click on ->
Product Views.
In the list click on the blue -> Parallel ATA IDE connector.

2) The motherboard also has two SATA connectors,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

On the Hardware Details list, click on the blue -> U - SATA connectors

Do not know if it is a PATA harddrive, (320GB), or a SATA harddrive?
Look at the label. Example on WD 160GB might be WD1600BEVT.
What is it on the 320GB?

Blank, new 320GB WD harddrive? BIOS isn't going to recognize it.
Why?
It hasn't been formatted.
WD does have a software tool to do this. Do I recommend this for a beginner? NO.

Better to install the 320GB in an economical external enclosure, and plug the USB cable from the enclosure into any available USB port on your computer.
Now you have a 160GB harddrive with WinXP on it, and 320GB's of extra storage.

Example (IMHO) of an economical external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

If you have no clue of what I have posted above, it is going to look like so much gibberish. Not my intent.

Not after 'Points'. Could give 2 cents.
{With this website you can rate ANY solution you see, and ALL solutions you see}

My intent is to teach. I have been at this for 8 years. (3 here, 5 elsewhere)
I want you to understand. Post back in a Comment, with the answers I need, from the questions I stated above.

We together WILL find a solution.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jun 20, 2012 | E-Machines PC Desktops

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I need instructions how to remove hard drive


Use the camera function on your cell phone; take picture of all cable connections
disconnect all cables to your computer
disconnect thumbscrews/screws holding computer cabinet shell at the back of computer
slide the cabinet shell forward exposing chasis frame. Lay computer on its side

important: Ground your body to the chassis frame (prevents static discharge damage)

Locate harddrive; with a magic marker ink one side to each of the two plugs and their sockets that are connected to the hard drive.(take picture maybe easer)
This is called making withness marks; it gives you a reference and orientation when you put things back together; the smaller plug is the power plug; the larger plug is for data.

Remove screws that secure harddrive to frame; Ground new harddrive to chasis; replace harddrive.

Nov 24, 2010 | HP Pavilion m7640n PC Desktop

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Why does my computer always reboot ... sometimes over and over


Have you replaced the RAM? Try removing one at a time and turn on the computer - one maybe bad. Or your Harddrive may be bad - disconnect the Harddrive and see if you can go into the BIOS - it should without a Harddrive. If you can go into the BIOS your harddrive is bad.

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Booth up the computer


First When you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or ALt+F2 to enter in bios.Then make sure harddrive is detected.
If you harddrive is not detected or you can't see any display on screen then open cpu cabinet.
Reattach the RAM memory ,both connection to harddrive .Reconnect processor and it's fan pull cmos cell from motherboard for 10 minutes.Remove pci card or vga card if any then check.Make sure motherboard is not ground with cabinet.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Thanks for using FixYa.

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How do I remove Hard Drivew from 6640C


Here is your link to assist you.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=59928&

Apr 26, 2010 | HP Pavilion 6640C PC Desktop

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How do I remove the harddrive from my dell dimension 4400? I am re-cycling the computer and want to destroy the hard drive for security purposes.


Hello,

First go to this page

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4400/techov.htm#1101565

If you scroll down just a little, it shows how your case opens up. Lay it on its left side (right side if you are looking from the front), press in the 2 locking tabs, and lift up.

That picture shows the hard drive location. Simply remove the data and power cables from the back. Then squeeze the plastic clips on the end of the drive and slide it up and out. That's it. You can remove the rail from the drive and slide it back in if someone else may be using it.

Thanks for using Fixya.

Oct 25, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4400 PC Desktop

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I have two dell computers. A dell Optima GX270 with an 80 Gig harddrive (that is my primary business computer) and a Dimension E310 P4 with an 80 Gig harddrive with a hidden reserve harddrive. The Optima...


To know which is which all you need to is look on the harddrive to the back where the jacks go when you remove the jacks you will see a little plastic jack on two pins you can remove the jack to make the harddrive reserve once you remove this jack the hardddrive is know longer the main one.If you any problems please let me know thank you. (rate me)

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How do you replace a harddrive


power off the computer and remove the power cord from the power supply
remove the both side covers off the computer
inside you will see the harddrive towards the front probably under the cd rom or a drive take off the cords attached to it i recomend labeling them for identififcation purposes then get a phillips screwdriver and remove the screws that are holding the harddrive in place ow just slide the harddrive out and install the new one put all the screws back and the cables back the way they came off then put the side covers onn and you are done

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I WANT TO INSTALL MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP 2007....AND IT'S KEEPING ON SAYING I SHOULD INSTAL HARD DRIVE......HOW CAN I GO ON ABOUT IT.... MY EMAIL IS.... olyholly001@yahoo.com


Also - if it is telling you to install a hard drive - then your bios is not reconizing that you have a hard drive installed. Go into your Bios to see if your hard is listed. if not - you need to open your computer to make sure all the connections are correct. if this doesn't work, you may have to buy a new hard drive.

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