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Hard Drive Upgrade on Dell Dimention 5100 Desktop

I want to upgrade my hard drive on DELL Dimension 5100 Desktop. Can you recommend brand and specs for the hard drive that will be compatible with my PC.

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Are you replacing it, or simply adding one to your desktop?

best place to get that information is www.dell.com

click on accessories

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