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How to install sata hard drive in dell inspirion notebook?

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Might not be possible, need to know the model of your laptop check if the laptop supports SATA or not.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

  • Ekse May 02, 2008

    basicly you need to remove the old harddrive first. but need to know your model to give you exact instructions.

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Dell inspiron 3847


Dell has not published the procedures for installing an additional SATA hard drive, the Inspiron 3847 has a second 3.5" bay, for the second hard drive next to the primary hard drive, there should be a set of rails located in the bay, two 6-32X1/4, phillips head screws are needed, to attach the rails.
The procedures on pages 26 to 28 of the owners manual should give you an idea of what is required for the installation.
http://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products-Infodev/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_inspiron_desktop/inspiron-3847-desktop_Owner%27s%20Manual_en-us.pdf
You will need a SATA data cable there should be a spare SATA power connector inside the case.

After installing the drive enter the system setup and check that the hard drive is 'enabled' [on] and recognized.
For Windows to recognize the second hard drive, it must be partitioned and formatted.

Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management, right click new drive, select format, then you can assign a drive letter.

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Upgrade hard drives on 670


There is a 2TB limit with MBR (Master Boot Record), but even a larger drive can be partitioned. So a single 4TB (biggest on the market) drive will look like several drives.
External drives that are bigger than 4TB are really several physical drives combined by an array.

RAID 1 requires optional SCSI drives, cables, and even software?
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ws670/en/ug_en/before.htm


Add on SATA 3 cards to PCI are not a good idea if you are looking for speed. They just bottlenecks the throughput.

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What is the maximum drive size I can install on my SATA controller?


Looks like at least 400Gb see below.

Product Details for 5100 400Gb Desktop SATA Hard Drive This SATA Hard Drive is used and has been tested for proper functionality.
Dell Dimension 5100 400Gb Desktop SATA Hard Drive.

Hope that helps.

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Windows can't install because it says it can't find a hard drive. Setup indicated both HD's are there and working. Installing Windows 2000 from Disc. Changed boot sequence so Rom boots first. Windows loads...


Check for sata drivers, if it is system is shipped with SATA hdd, need to install SATA Raid drivers during reinstallation .I believe that the dell system was originally shipped with Windows XP or Vista Operating system which has SATA drivers for SATA hdd. Since windows 2000 Operating system does not have SATA drivers hence unable to recognised hdd.

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Trying to install hard drive on Dell Dimension 8200.


Sounds like the drive from the 4700 is a SATA drive which uses a different connector than the 40-pin IDE. I couldn't confirm it, but the 8200 may not have SATA connectors for this type of drive. Although the 4700 appears to have both SATA and IDE.

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Adding a second hard drive


Sorry ,You can't add SATA hard disk...As ur motherboard don't support it...

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Dell dimension 3000 hard dirve what type do i need to install a sata pata or ide


Hi

Dell Dimension 3000 accepts IDE hard drive. Any modern IDE drive should be fine

Check out Dell Dimension 3000 Service Manual for spec and how to remove and install parts.

Mike

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Hard drive crash on dell 2400. Bought new Seagate 500gb hard drive. Installed with sata port to motherboard connected. On BIOS setup enabled sata port to auto, only two selections off/auto. On atempting to...


you will have to install a driver before it picks your sata drive up. when your cd starts to install youll see an option F6 to install sata drivers from a floppy

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

let me know if that guide helps

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Dell Dimension 2400 with secondary SATA hard drive keeps crashing


generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.

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Hard drive installation


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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