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Roscoe47
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Add Second HD

I have a Dell 8400 with SATA HD. I have an old Dell 4100 I don't use with an EIDE HD. Is it possible to add this EIDE HD to my Dell 8400?? Or am I better off buying a box for the EIDE HD and using as an external USB drive?

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ieee488
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Re: Add Second HD

They do sell adapters that allow you to use your EIDE hard drive in a PC with SATA. http://www.satacables.com/html/sata-acessories.html

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Roscoe47
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Re: Add Second HD

Thanks for the fast response!  Are you sure this will work? The power cable to the HD in my 8400 is a 5 pin connector. This adapter does not appear to account for that---- or am I just not seeing the whole picture??

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Re: Add Second HD

Roscoe47

You can use a SATA power connector to 4-pin molex adaptor shown HERE, but try to buy it locally, because the S&H, is ridiculous

Personally, I've found it easier to use a USB 2.0, powered IDE external enclosure, like THIS

Bev.

 


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Roscoe47
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Re: Add Second HD

Thanks Bev!

So I need the IDE/SATA adapter card mentioned above and the molex adapter for the power cable, right?   Or an external box with a USB cable.   It's funny how they make no mention of the need for a power cable adapter where they sell the IDE/SATA adapter card. They just let you think that's all you need.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

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Re: Add Second HD

Roscoe47

You are welcome.

A hint: If you use the external enclosure for the IDE hard drive, remember to set the 'Jumpers' to the 'Master' setting.

Bev,

 


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Roscoe47
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Re: Add Second HD

Thanks Bev.!!!

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