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I would like to change my hard drive

I currently have an 80GB in a dell dimension 4600 and would like to put in something around 250GB. My concern is which one will be compatible? I just upgraded my power supply to 400W. Memory will be upgraded to 2GB, currently running 1GB. Is it better to run 4 x 512mb or 2 x 1GB?

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  • carlylevi2 Jan 01, 2009

    I just wanted to thank you for your input. Just in case it is troubling you, the board has 4 memory slots and after countless hours of digging I was able to find out that it will support 4GB of memory. At the time of my last posting, I was running 2 x 256 and 1 x 512 (thank you office depot). I purchased 1 x 512 and 2 x 1GB and am currently running 3GB. This is truly the upgrade I was looking for. I spent $90 and it has been worth it. Windows Vista hasn't operated so good on this old machine. Yes, I made that my primary OS when XP to crashed on me. Off to do some research on hard drives. Thank you again for your input; it really helped.

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The Dell Dimension 4600 uses a Serial ATA-150 hard-drive... you should be able to buy one just about anywhere.

Anything at http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014%201035915133&name=SATA%203.0Gb%2fs should work on your computer.

As far as I know your system does not have 4 memory slots on the board, but if it does, it would still be better to have 2 x 2GB.

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If you are looking to save just a "small" bit of $ .. 2 - 1GB sticks should be cheaper .. but what is the current configuration . is it 1 - 1GB or 2 - 512MB or 4 - 256MB?

You have the option of IDE or SATA drive so either is an option .. You may want to get a drive copy utility and just "clone/ghost" your current to the new drive and then swap it to master and GO

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