Thank you very much for the response. I'm not sure if it is SATA or IDE, but now that you informed me, I will be sure sure to look. Is that the only determining factor that I need to purchase a new HD? Thank you very much also for the website. I've heard of them, but didn't know which company to shop from. Have a great night.
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Tiger is really great; I use their sister company as my distributor for my pc sales business. The only other determining factor is the size of the hard drive. $60 can get you 200 GB, but $100 can get you 500 GB. It all depends on how much you need. Glad I could be of help. Thanks and please take a moment to rate as fixya.
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No diagram needed. All optical and hard disc drives will need to have power and data. If they are IDE, use those cables. SATA get SATA cables. The ports on the system boar will be labeled as SATA 1 and so on. If they are not the correct order when you boot, you can swap the cables or change it in the BIOS.
I looked up the specs on that device. See below. The specs call for IDE. You will only be able to use an IDE harddrive drive. You can pick IDE drives up pretty cheap from TigerDirect, Amazon, NewEgg or most local tech computer/tech stores. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/specs.htm
The IDE to SATA data connectors come in a couple of types. Some plug into the 40 pin connector on the motherboard (and you will need a power adapter); others plug into the SATA drive and usually accept the 4 pin device power connector.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (If you have upgraded the power supply to one with SATA power connectors, then you do not need the power adapter.)
There are no internal connectors for SATA devices in a Dell Dimension 2400, only IDE. If you have SATA drives that you really want to use, I suggest purchasing an external drive case/dock that converts SATA to usb 2.0. On the other hand, if you are referring to the SATA power connector from a new power supply, you don't need to connect this to anything. If I misunderstood your question, please explain it a little more to me.
Do you know if it is SATA or IDE? If you look at your hard drive, an IDE will have a wide cable connected to the back of it. If it is SATA, it will be a small cable that connects it to the motherboard. I think it is SATA. But nonetheless, depending on the size of the hard drive you want, you can get decent hard drives in the $60 range at www.tigerdirect.com.
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