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I want to install a aSATA HARD DRIVE IN MY 4600, IT SHOWS IT HAS ATA CAPABILITY BUT WHERE DO i PLUG IN THE DRIVE

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As I recall the 4600 uses EIDE hard drives so you won't have SATA plugs. You may be able to get an adapter but it would be easier to install another PATA drive that will fit natively.

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Step 1: Activate your computer’s BIOS menu. The first or second screen your computer displays on status may display which key (or keys) you must press to activate your computer’s BIOS menu. You can also look in the index of your computer’s manual for “BIOS” or you can try passing the [Del] or [F1] key when text is first displayed after powering on your computer.

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