I obtained a dell dim. 4700 minus the hard drive..I bought a new 500 GB HD and installed it to replace the missing one thinking I could reload the OS...When I power it up now, the green power light comes on, the green working light comes on, and the CDROM lights flash alternately but do not respond....What has happened? The screen remains black the entire time. (nothing)..Is the CPU bad? Please help..A visual inspection of the motherboard looks good and clean....
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You can put whatever size hard drive you want in your pc....typically they do not come with operating systems on them when you buy them...they are blank....you can run it as a secondary drive with the one you are already running and use it for storage....Otherwise you will have to have xp installed for you....(more money) . You can not put 600 GB of memory or ram on a pc.....most pc's take up to 4 GB of ram....If you literally mean memory than that will be whatever size hard drive you purchase...Ram is random access memory and helps determine the speed of your pc. And yes it is always worth it to upgrade a pc, depending on how old it is.
If you've got your jumper settings wrong and installed your os on the 127 GB section of the 320 GB Hard drive and you change jumper settings and then you have problems you may need to reinstall the old hard drive as master and the new hard drive as slave. Reformat the new hard drive as 320 GB, and as a bootable drive. You can either do a disk copy from old to new or reinstall your os on the 320 GB drive. Please let me know how this goes. You can get to me @ email@example.com
Basically when you install a new boot drive you need to install Windows operating system on the new hard drive, also the device drivers (eg video, audio, modem, LAN etc), your programs and data. The reason programs has to be installed is because the installation process copied DLL files to the System folders and makes changes to the registry.
You can only copy your data onto the new hard disk.
To avoid copying your data to the new hard drive, you can set up the old hard drive as second hard drive (ie. slave drive), if you delete the redundant folders and leave only the data folders then you have an adddition 40Gb of disk space.
You can change the hard drive, but it will create major driver issues. You will have to let the computer tell you which drivers are missing and go back and download them from the manufacturers website or use the software that you have. You cannot damage the hdd doing this.
The easy way to do this would be to install this as a secondary hdd, this would allow for more storage and less problems.
You have to go online and search then download the drivers for preparing SATA laptop harddrives for installation of Windows XP otherwise during installation it will tell you there is no hard drive found.