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I presently have an IDE , 40 g hard drive. I would like to upgrade to a larger SATA drive. The BIOS indicates settings for SATA drives. Can this be done?

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Hi there
If it indicates support for SATA in the bios then there will probably be no doubt that motherboard supports this type of drive, look at the motherboard to make sure.
If you are going to install an operating system on the SATA drive other than Vista make sure you disconnect the IDE drive first before reinstalling the OS, this is because 99% of bios's recognise the IDE as the master drives, so all IDE hard drives have to be disconnected exept optical dives.
The majority of Dell Dimentions i have worked with have all supported SATA.
Good luck with the new project and merry christmas

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If you open the case and you can see the seta plugs then yes you should be able to install a seta drive. Since the settings are in bios and seta is becoming more of a norm I would assume you will be able to do this with minimal effort. Remember to look at your power supply leads to make sure you have the appropriate plugs. if not you can get an adaptor if one is not supplied with the drive.

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