Question about Dell Dimension 4500 PC Desktop
I own two DELL 4500 Dimensions since many years and I'm mas o meno satisfied with it.
Since I've developed my network also with more media, internetradio, notebooks and last but not least netbooks, I need more space to store all the aols and new datas.
As many user before me I changed one of the DELL 4500 Dimensions into a Server (more detailed: in a FreeNAS server). I remonted the old 80GB WD Harddisk and also the CDRW-Drive. I mounted two 500GB WD Caviar on the Primary ATA Controller as Master and Slave and mounted the DVD ROM Drive on the Secondary ATA Controller as Slave.
Just here all works as it must.
But I would mount an other 500GB WD Caviar in a ICY-DOCK removable cage on the secondary ATA Controller as Master (removable Backup Drive).
Frome here the problem occurs: The BIOS (A04) of the Dell 4500 Dimension does not recognize the Harddrive on the secondary ATA Controller. It jumps over the shadowed letters on the BIOS Shell and on the IDE Tab are only the two drives on the primary ATA Controller shown.
I need a hint and/or a clear answer to the questons:
1. Does it's possible to mount a Harddrive (as explained) on the secondary ATA Controller?
2. If not what is a cheap way do to mount a third Harddrive (as explained) on this system?
3. Why are the two green LED's (Power and Activ) in Front of the Harddrive Drive in every state of the system dark, similar as the Drive is not under power? Maybe because the ROM does not accept the configuration?
My system has 1GB RAM, and runs with 2.0Ghz based on BIOS A04 and under FreeNAS 7 on a Realtek Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC.
Thanks for every suggestions in advance
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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