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I have a five year old DELL Dimension 4600 w/3gb of memory and an 80gb hard drive.
Since my HD is about 50/50 used/free space, I have decided to purchase a larger HD.
Now to my problem: I talked to a DELL technician that I had been shopping for a new internal hard drive. I had previously purchased a unit but upon opening it, I discovered that the i/o cabling connections were different from the one that connects my HD to the mother board. Mine is ribbon cabling. A DELL professional (Ha! Ha!) said that was not a problem and suggested some that I could purchase which would fit physically and electronically. I purchased a Wester Digital 500gb internal hard drive from DELL and guess what. It does not support my ribbon cable connections.
Is there a universal mod kit on the market to solve this problem or should I return the unit to DELL?
I also have a 500 gb external HD manufactured by Western Digital. I had wanted to boot it up as my main HD and use the internal as backup. I am getting conflicting information about the ability to do this.
I would greatly appreciate your assistance.
Harold Estep
1280 Cloverdale Drive
Clarksville, TN 37040

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To use your external hard drive as boot drive you will need to set bios to boot from it if the bios allows you to
i do not know which section of the dell bios it is but it will have boot order or similar you will have to follow instruction to set it the main problem having extenal boot is windows will not install to USB devices

As for the hard drive from dell it could be a sata drive they sold you you need the standard one
Hope this helps your dilemma

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