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Dell Dimension 8200 Internal Hard Drive Enclosures

It may become necessary to drop my internal Dell Dimension 8200 slave drive into an external enclosure and I need to know what size the drive is to buy the correct enclosure. Can anyone please tell if they are 5.25" or 3.5" IDE drives (I'm thinking 5.25" but wanted to be sure).

Also if you know of a good inexpensive online store or brand to recommend that would be a bonus!

Thanks :-)

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  • Freespoken Aug 14, 2008

    Nevermind... as it turns out I got my system working as fortunately all that was wrong was a loose graphic card from the plastic hook breaking on the retaining bracket. Now all I need to find out is where to get a few retaining screws to hold the PCI cards down or some work around for the broken bracket.

    If anyone has advise on this I could use it.

    Thanks anyway.

  • Freespoken Sep 01, 2008

    Seriously doubt any Dell Dimension 8200 is still in warranty, for instance mine is 7 years old. The bracket is an integrated part of the case and unless the entire case is replaced (never happen), the bracket must remain broken. It's not that bad fortunately, even with minor ingenuity a person 'could' manage to create a makeshift latch using wire in lieu of retaining screws. My father passed on such obscure skills to his only daughter over the years and I'd considered this. Only hurdle is living on a small island with very few rudimentary resources which makes it take much longer to obtain necessary materials. Ordinarily I don't ask anyone's help unless in a pinch as we must be more self sufficient here.

    I did however find a friend with several retaining screws needed to secure PCI cards. The rest I'll discover... such as replacement drive size from Dell. Thanks for your input Mohammed, you are the only one who responded and I appreciate it. ;^)



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Dear Sir:

You will not get this bracket in any store however you can contact the dell support and if your system is in warranty they will send you free of cost.

Let me know if you need any further assistance and if you have a moment to accept and rate the solution I would greatly appreciate it.


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