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How to install new HD w/o a floppy?

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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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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Hi,
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.

Hope this helps
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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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