My original 40GB drive crapped out. I would like to install a 120 or 160 GB replacement. Are these sizes allowable? What problems if any will I have using the Dell restore disk to load the original system s/w? I do not have a floppy drive. Do I need to buy an external FD?
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Re: How to install new HD w/o a floppy?
You can definitely install a 120 GB or 160 GB drive in your computer. You should have no problems using Dell's Windows CD that came with your computer, You will be able to choose the partition sizes. You also do not need a floppy drive to complete this. I recently installed a 500 GB in a Dimension 2400.
Make sure if you buy a drive it is a 3.5" PATA (IDE) 7200 RPM (or faster) hard drive
I would recommend setting the pins on this to Cable Select and plugging it into the IDE cable furthest away from the motherboard (if there is more than one choice)
Also, hard drives do not come in the size of 150 (from one of the other solutions)
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Re: How to install new HD w/o a floppy?
Your computer should be able to handle either the 120 or 150 replacement drive. Most drives today come ready to load. Your Dell installation disk would be the best bet to install everything on the new drive. The restore disk will look for existing software and not find it. The other thing you might want to try is once you get the new disk up and running, change the pin setting on the second drive to be a slave drive and your new drive to a master with slave, and try to recover your data. If you don't have the dell install disk, a copy of Windows will also do the trick. No you don't need a floppy unless you plan on reformatting the new drive.
On the back of your dell there is a white sticker with some letters and numbers no more than 8 usually. this is called your dell service tag. Go to www.support.dell.com and enter your service tag when prompted this will bring you to the specs about your invidivual computer. From this you can gather some of the upgrade options. you can also call dell.com or speak to a sales person about upgrading. However, my favorite site for hard drives is newegg.com.
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Some vendors have recovery partition software installed from the factory you can uninstall and it increases the HD automatically. (you will lose your recovery partition though) the other option is a software like Acronis that will repartition your drive on the fly. Careful though, this can be detrimental. FAT files can be sensitive. Also ensure your OS can handle the size you want to go to, or you will have failures there also, like it won't even see the partition!
Boot up with the Windows XP installation CD Follow the screen instructions - Delete the existing Partition. Create a new Partition (1st) but do not make it the maximum partition size - enter 1/4 of the maximum size. Create another Partition (2nd) make this the same size as the 1st Create another Partition.(3rd) make this the same size as the 1st Create another Partition (4th) make this the remaining max. size. Format the Ist Partition Full NTSF (not quick format) You can now proceed to install Windows on the 1st Partition. After Windows XP has been installed and the computer's device drivers, go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Disk Management then allocate a drive letter to each of the Partitions then NTFS Format each of the Partitions. Now each of the Partitions should indicated as Healthy. Create
You did not indicate that the 40 Gb hard drive had Windows installed on it and whether it was the original hard disk for this computer.
There is a possibility the 40Gb hard drive is faulty.
Try installing the 40Gb hard drive as a slave drive with the 80Gb drive as the master drive (don't forget to set the jumper on the 40Gb hard drive as Slave. Check the BIOS to see if it detects the 40Gb hard drive, and when the computer boots up, if it can see the 40Gb hard drive and opens the various folders and files, then the hard drive is OK.
You can upgrade the hard drive to a bigger one just as long as it's the
same physical size as the original one. The 40GB PS3 is technically
capable of backwards compatibility. It's just that Sony's OS doesn't
support it on that model (maybe, there will be a firmware update that
will allow it in the future). If you install Linux on the PS3 (which
Sony officially allows you to do), then you can install the PS1
emulator (it's called ePSXe) and the PS2 emulator (it's called PCSX2).
Both of them are free to download for Linux. The only thing that won't
make the 40GB model the same as the 80GB is the finish of the console,
lack of built-in memory card reader, lack of built-in WiFi, and only 2
USB ports. But those aren't neccesary.
You should partition your new drive first to say 160Gb (you lose a bit after formatting) for 1st partition and the remaining capacity for the 2nd partition. Because your Ghost image is 120Gb it can only restore to a partition of 120Gb, that is why it shows 120Gb on a 500Gb on a single partition.
You may be able to fix this problem without starting again by using Disk Manager (from Control Panel - Admoinistrative Tools) to create a 2nd partition on the hard drive and format this partition.
Hi araamudhan12, Its your choice. The motherboard will function with either size hard disk drives. The 160BG drive will store more information than you might think. So the question you'll need to ask your self is, do you really think you'll come close to filling up a 500GB hard disk drive. Most users install two drives. One as the primary & the second as an extra storage drive & to back up the primary drives data in case the primary has a problem. When looking for a hard disk drive, go with the drive or drives with the longest warranty. When installing a new drive & the new drive will be your primary drive. Disconnect the 40GB drive. Allow windows to format the drive & install windows from scratch. Once windows is installed & completely updated you can re-connect the 40GB drive & copy all your personal data back to the new hard disk drive. When your sure all the data from the 40GB drive has been copied over. Install another 160GB drive as your back up drive / storage drive. Keep the 40GB drive just in case you missed data that you though you did not need. The Asus P4BP-MX motherboard can run, two Ultra DMA 100MHz hard disk drives.
Besides the obvious size difference of being able to store more information on it, the difference is that the 80gb console is backwards compatibility out of the box with 70% of the ps2 games and with the proper updates the 80gb console can be 98% compatible with ps2 games. The 40gb console isn't compatible with any ps2 games. Hope this helps.