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Help my second hard drive dont show up

I installed my 500 gb sata harddrive in my dell 3100 dimension computer and its a second hard drive for storage, its not showing up anywhere as a new drive

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  • rngmstr6976 Mar 06, 2008

    i had to go to my bios and activate my sata drives, i hope thats helpfull to somebody

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    I have a Dell Dimension 3100 which will not start up - only lights 3 and 4 showing on the display

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Make sure it is connected properly.
Then go to Disk Management by typing "diskmgmt.msc" in the Run window.
Then check in Disk Management if there is any unassigned or any uninitialised partition there.
If you find one, right click on it and then select either "Format" or "Initialise".

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David, this is the Service Manual for the Dell Dimension 3100 Desktop PC,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

Click on Removing and Installing Parts.
Click on Harddrive

1) Pull the SATA power cable out of the back of the Harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

[ Note the L-shaped slot in the connector. Lines up with the L-shaped tab on the back if the Harddrive ]

2) Pull the SATA data cable out of the back of the Harddrive,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

[Top example is a SATA data cable. The bottom example is a SATA connector on the motherboard. Again note the L-shape in the connector.
The SATA power cable connector has 15 contact pins.
The SATA data cable connector has 7 ]

3) Now press the blue tabs (Clips) towards each other.
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4) Pull up, and out on the harddrive.

If I may ask, why are you removing it?
Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
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Hi, I have destop[ dell pentium R 4 cpu 3 GHz 1.99 GB of ram and 40 GB rom . I want to now if can change the hard disk and put another of 160 GB. tanks you carlos.


A) If you have the Restoration Disk (CD), or a full installation disk of the Windows operating system, the answer is yes.

B) If you have an image backup program, such as Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, or DriveImage XML, for example, the answer is yes.

The Windows operating system is copied over to the new harddrive.

It would be easier, and more cost effective to just install the 160GB harddrive as a Slave drive.

I don't know if your harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

Here is more information on installing either an IDE harddrive, or a SATA harddrive, as a Slave drive in a desktop computer,

1) IDE {PATA} harddrive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4inX3nC6M1E

1A) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMTOgt3UiB4


2) SATA harddrive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCgFYNLzn18&NR=1

IDE, also known as PATA is the older style of technology.
SATA is the newer style.

(Parallel ATA
Serial ATA )

The beauty of SATA is not only the faster speed, but if you connect a SATA cable (Data cable) to ANY SATA connector on the motherboard, BIOS will find the device.

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) will find the harddrive with the operating system on it, first.
Then it will recognize that you have a second SATA harddrive also.

(BIOS looks at both SATA harddrives.
When it finds the one with the operating system on it, BIOS will disregard the other SATA harddrive)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScqDZZeFK9I

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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You should be able to install that drive. The biggest variable is if it is a SATA or PATA drive. This model was built for SATA drives, but I think you may be able to get a PATA drive to work with the right adapters.

For the step by stem directions see the link below. It will take you right to the Dell support page. Refer to the "Adding a Second Hard Drive" section.

https://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150/en/sm/parts1.htm#wp1366406

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