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Hard drive I've run out of space on my hard drive and want to add another one - which do I need to buy ???? EIDE, serial ATA, or ultra ATA/100 ?????

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Your system take just about everything. I think and I think most here would cocur that SATA is the way to go. Your system can do it. When you do get it installed and running, try to get at least 40% of the files, pictures, etc. off the drive with your operating system and then do a defrag. Your system will be much quicker. If this answers your question PLEASE rate this as fixed. If you need more help just add a comment and I'll be happy to assist you further. Thanks kid_cat_dog.

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I understand you have a Dimension 8300 PC. It depends on what your motherboard supports AND what type of connection your hard drive, that you bought (if you did), has. Apparently your motherboard supports both IDE and Sata.

Have you already took a look at this?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8300/sm/drives.htm#1103012

If your motherboard seems supports Sata, go with that, its faster.

FYI, EIDE and Ultra ATA are basically the same thing, with EIDE being in the lower spectrum of data transfer rates. There's really only two: IDE or Sata.

Cheers,

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    Good advice rickatnight1.

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According to http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/desktops/0,1000000973,10004197,00.htm this tower has Serial ATA, or SATA. Just to confirm, you can easily pop open the case and take a look at the hard-drives. If you see a wide thin ribbon-like cable connecting to your hard-drive then you need an Ultra ATA (or just ATA or IDE) drive. It looks like this:

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If a thinner red cable connects to your drive, then that is SATA. It looks like this:

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