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Hard drive switching (dead one to new one)

I have a Maxtor diamondMax 21 (New) Hard drive to install but the plugs in the pc dont match the new hard drive. How can I hook it up or what do i need to do to hook it up?

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Your computer comes with an Sata hard drive. I am guessing that you have purchased a IDE one. If sio , return the IDE drive in exchange for an Sata one. He is the manufactures web site for your machine:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8400/en/index.htm#printed_documentation

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