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Computer Cabling I have a DELL Dimension 4600 PC which is about five years old. It runs on a Pentium 4 (2.8gb) CPU and contains an 80gb HD with 3gb of memory using Windows XP. The hd has about 50/50 used/free space so I have decided to purchase a new HD. Now to my problem: I recently bought a 500mg hd unit and upon openting found out that it will not support my computer which has i/o ribbon cabling. (Shame on me) So I contacted a DELL technician who informed me that many of their HDs are ribbon cabling compliant. (Shame on him) He told me of a few models they had on hand. I subsequently purchased a Western Digital 500 mg HD. Lo and behold! It does not support my PC's cabling. Is there any kind of univeresal adapter on the market that would work? Also last but not least, I also bought a Western Digial 500 Desktop HD. I had wanted it to boot up as my main HD and leave the original 80gb HD as backup. I am receiving conflicting info and whether or not this possible. I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer. Harold Estep 1280 Cloverdale Drive Clarksville, TN 37040

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  • Harold Estep Jul 31, 2008

    Ginko: If you're talking about the external Desktop HD, it came supplied with the proper USB cable.
    If you're talking about my primary problem (the internal drive), your reply makes no sense.

  • Harold Estep Jul 31, 2008

    I hope that it will be.

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It sounds like you need to buy a SATA to IDE converter. They sell them at online computer shops and local shops as well. Check this out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156010

if you want to make that one master and convert your info over you have to buy a disk program that can do that for you.

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Http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/U2NV2SPATA/

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    Yaz S Jul 31, 2008

    thank u sir for the rating!

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What type of cabling does that new HD supports? can you also give me the model number and brando fthat HD so I can check for that.

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    Is the new HD SATA or a IDE type ?

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Use USB cable

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