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Is this hard drive sata or ide - Dell Dimension 4700 PC Desktop

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  • rorreo Jan 18, 2009

    im sorry i tried to make a comment on someone elses thread ill delete this one asap

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    Starnley Johnwells May 11, 2010

    which drive? pls specify and clarify

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    kennethdrenn Aug 12, 2012

    SATA

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The Dimension 4700 replaces the Dimension 4600 (a former PC World Best Buy) in Dells lineup of value systems. With the 4700, Dell takes advantage of Intels new 915G chip set to add such new features as 5.1-channel sound and HDTV, wide-screen, and dual-display support. The chip sets built-in Graphics Media Accelerator
Storage controller Type: 1 x Serial ATA - integrated
Controller Interface Type: Serial ATA-150
Channel Qty: 4
Storage controller (2nd) Type: 1 x IDE - integrated
Controller Interface Type: ATA-100
Storage Hard Drive: 1 x 160 GB - standard - Serial ATA-150 - 7200 rpm
Optical storage Type: DVD+RW - ID

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It is SATA - Serial ATA (DELL Dimension 4700)

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SOURCE: Can i Install PATA hdd on Dimension 4700

I'm sorry, but I couldn't wade through this bunch responses, so I'm going to give you my own.

You have 2 sata drives installed, already, so you cannot add an additional one w/o a bunch of wonky adapters, so use the IDE channel. You say you have an IDE rom drive. Well, there's a reason there are 3 connections on an IDE cable. One side goes into the motherboard, the other 2 into your drives. The motherboard side is the one furthest away from the center connector. I assume you have the primary connector connected to your rom drive. the 2ndary one would be on your hdd. Why people asked you why you're doing this is beyond me. It works, you'll have an extra drive, your preference. Whatever.

Let me know if you have any more inquiries.

To answer your questions from your original post directly, the other 'ide' channel is specifically for a floppy disk You CANNOT connect an IDE cable to it. And yes, you can connect an  hdd to the slave port on the ide cable.

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SOURCE: Dell dimension 3000 hard dirve what type do i need to install a sata pata or ide

Hi

Dell Dimension 3000 accepts IDE hard drive. Any modern IDE drive should be fine

Check out Dell Dimension 3000 Service Manual for spec and how to remove and install parts.

Mike

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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SOURCE: extremely slow transfer speeds from IDE hard drive to Sata

Yes, I'm afraid it's some form of difficulty in sending files from the SATA data-stream to the IDE ATA drive. It may be motherboard-specific, I don't really know. However attempting to send data between SATA and ATA drives is as I described above. Sending an 18-wheeler down a two-way highway and having the truck make a U-turn to reach the opposite drive.

Sorry I can't confirm if it's motherboard specific, I'm limited in that field of knowledge.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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