I have dimension 5100, it has sata hard drives and room for another 1, my hard drive of choice with all my music is IDE, and i have put it under the cd drive and above the floppy disc drive! and connected it but it doesnt pick it up in BIOS or on the computer any 1 kno how i can resolve this !! please help
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I looked up the specs on that device. See below. The specs call for IDE. You will only be able to use an IDE harddrive drive. You can pick IDE drives up pretty cheap from TigerDirect, Amazon, NewEgg or most local tech computer/tech stores. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/specs.htm
I assume your new computer has IDE controller on the motherboard. Yes you can install your old hard drive into your new computer as a Slave hard drive. If the old hard drive is installed on the 2nd IDE controller and it is the only device on the controller then the jumper and be master or slave, but connect the hard drive at the last connector on the IDE cable.
According to http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/desktops/0,1000000973,10004197,00.htm this tower has Serial ATA, or SATA. Just to confirm, you can easily pop open the case and take a look at the hard-drives. If you see a wide thin ribbon-like cable connecting to your hard-drive then you need an Ultra ATA (or just ATA or IDE) drive. It looks like this:
If a thinner red cable connects to your drive, then that is SATA. It looks like this:
I am assuming you mean a Dimension 5100 (desktop) and not an Inspiron 55100 (laptop). The Dimension uses SATA drives and as such your second, working system will need an SATA port to connect to. You should take the data cable from the non-working system with the drive since, if there is an extra SATA port on your working system, it will more than likely not have a cable attached to it. Each SATA port only supports the connection of a single drive. There may not be an additional SATA port on the working machine, in which case you're SOL (unless it uses the same HAL as the other, but that's another story).