My old hard drive on my Dell Dimension 4600 (2004 512mb 400mhz Pentium 4 Processor 2.8GHz) is about to die and I would like to replace it with a 250gb, the old one is a 80gb...I will be using a hard drive enclosure to move/save files. Looking to spend under $100.
Would like to know what you guys recommend on what to get (specs), any info help would be greatly appreciated
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The Dimension 4600 has the capability to use either PATA or SATA 3.5" hard disk drives. If you are still using Windows XP it has a practical limit on capacity of 2 TB. If you want to use a SATA drive you will also need to purchase a Molex to SATA power connector since the standard power supply has only the Molex power connectors available.
If you are sticking with a PATA drive you may not need the external hard drive enclosure. The Dimension 4600 was normally delivered with a three connector 80 wire IDE ribbon data cable. This allows you to attach a slave drive to the primary IDE port. To clone your original drive you would need only to temporarily set the new hard drive against the bracket containing your original drive, connect the power and data cables, and boot from a CD that has your imaging program on it. Both Seagate and Western Digital have versions of Acronis True Image that allow you to clone your old drive to a new one. Just be sure to set the drive jumper to the Cable Select position before plugging it in.
Trying the same thing going to SATA from PATA is something I haven't seen tried, though it should work in theory
You should not spend much if anything on an 8 year old model. Stay with the same type drive you have now to keep cost down and make the install easy and even consider a good used drive. There is still a hard drive shortage so prices are up. You can buy a whole new computer for $300 now, so spending $100 on your old one would not be cost effective. Look-- www.dell.com/.../popular-desktop-deals
My old drive has a lot of stuff on it I need, if I did buy a new one, could this be moved to the new one, if it can, how do I go about that. I'm not very computer intelligent
This looks reasonable: www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx
Acronis TrueImage will "clone" the old hard drive to the new one, so that not only will all your files be copied over, but you won't have to reinstall the OS and your applications. Some of the hard drive manufacturers, including Seagate and Western Digital, offer a free image, but it can also be bought separately. I bought mine from Newegg on a bootable CD.
So do I leave the old hard drive in, and add the new one, then run TrueImage????? Probably a Duh question, haha....Trust me, I'm stupid when it comes to this, I see these things like slave, ports, cables, huh, haha.....But I do like to learn
Oh, and what do I get as far as a hard drive, the PATA or SATA, 250GB is what it looks like as far as compatible, I'm thinking I have a PATA in there now, which would make it easier on me if I stuck with the same, right??? haha
The 4600 has issues with SATA.
I set all drives from Cable Select to Master/Slave then use IDE to SATA Bridge from Kingwin.
You cannot do mixed mode where some are cable select and some are master/Slave.
You must set ALL DRIVES including optical to master or slave accordingly.
If you only have 1 drive and 1 dvd then set both master.