I just purchased another hard drive ( a Seagate 160 gig ultra ATA/100) that I would like to put in our 4550 as a second. Can I do this? Is there anything I need to do before or after? Dimension 4550 Pentium 4 Processor at 2.0 GHz 512MB DDR SDRAM at 266MHz 64MB GeForce4 MX Graphics Card with TV Out 40GB ATA-100 7200 RPM XP Home
There shouldn't be any problem. I have added second HDs to two 4550s. You need to make sure:
1. The primary slave is enabled in the bios (presuming you are putting the drive on the primary rather than the secondary controller).
2. That the jumpers for both drives are set correctly. Normally Dells are jumper for "Cable select". If you jumper the new drive the same way, it should work fine. Otherwise, make sure one is jumpered for master and one for slave.
When you boot the first time, check to see if the drive is detected during the POST.
The one thing I am not sure about is whether there will be any problem with BIOS issues and a drive that size. I think some BIOS's can only recognize partitions up to 137G, but I could be wrong.