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).
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The Dell Inspiron 1100 is a laptop whereas the Dell Dimension 2400 is a desktop pc.
The hard drives are incompatible because they are a different size, plus the Inspiron only supports one hard drive so you can't install a slave device. The only way to increase hard disk space is to buy a large capacity internal IDE laptop drive or an external hard drive.
When You add a new drive to all versions of Windows since ME, the Indexing Service software counts every file on the drive and adds the smaller ones into the registry. This will seem like a freeze with a large drive even with a multiple core processor, since the Indexing service only uses one of the cores. Indexing cannot be turned off in Vista without effort. It takes more than a couple of clicks. It requires serious registry hacking to remove or disable in seven. Try this, start the computer without the external drive connected. Then add the external drive AFTER you are logged in and have internet access.
Wait and watch the drive light(s), especially on the external drive. When they stop flickering you should be good to go.
Could be a tough one. Can you get into the bios ( F8 or F10 ) while booting and check if the HDD is being recognised in the first place ? If it recognises, then check for Boot sequence. I would also suggest to try the Recovery CD that came along with computer.
Ok... one end of the ide cable goes to the board... make sure that's plugged in correctly and has a blue connector.... second... the last drive on the other end has to be the master... the drive before that is the slave... if that setup is not working ensure that the drivers are set for master and slave... also make the power is pluigged into both drives
Sounds like the drive from the 4700 is a SATA drive which uses a different connector than the 40-pin IDE. I couldn't confirm it, but the 8200 may not have SATA connectors for this type of drive. Although the 4700 appears to have both SATA and IDE.
I would recommend buying a replacement computer, and install the Dell IDE drive in an external 3.5" IDE hard drive enclosure. This way you can pull your information off the the Dell hard drive, and then blow it away.
Keep in mind that new computers use a SATA drive, your old Dell '8200 has an IDE drive. Also keep in mind that your Dimension 8200 drivers won't work on the new computer.
You might be able to install your Dell drive as a slave if you have an open IDE channel available.
Good news is, your old Dell uses RAMBUS memory, which is worth a lot. It's a good parts computer, and most people who look for computer parts know of the bad capacitor issue on Intel made Dell motherboards from that era.
I recenctly bought a my book 500 gig drive and it is usb.
the firsttime I plugged the usb cable in it worksed. I had only a 40 gig ide harddrive and so I ordered an internal 500 wd hard drive to replace it. The internal 500 gig is a sata drive. first I cloned the 40 to the sata 500 and then copied the external 500 to the internal. I mover the cables to then make the internal 500 sata my boot drive. The computer would no longer show the external e\when i used the windows explorer. the device manager said it was there and working with no problem but windows did not see it.
After several experiments with diferent configurations I have concluded my motherboard wasauto configuring the external and internal 500 drives as drive 0. Since the usb was detected first and was notthe boot drive then windows assigned the internal drive as drive 0 and since the usb drive was drive 0 also it would not work. windows ignored it. my solution was to return the ide as the boot drive and plug the sata into a slave port. with that configuration both drive are seen and work normally. It took me several days to find this arrangement. so since my sata ports are auto configure and the external has a sata connection i will install an esata port adapter and try to hook it up as a slave sata drive so i cab\n use my internal 500 sata drive as my boot drive.
sorry this was so long but it is my solution to what others may be facing.