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Dell Xps desktop hard drive replacement

my hd (seagate st3750630as) took a [ADMIN NOTE: Profanity removed as per TOU] on me.  Computer seemed slow for about a week then turned it off to install new wireless router and turned back on and wouldn't boot -ran the dell test disc and it showed a lot of unreadable sectors so I want to replace it And reload factory vista with disc from dell.  Do I have to use this exact drive or can I go with a better or bigger drive and if anyone wants to suggest a specific drive I would appreciate it    Thanks 

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Connect the SSD Drive to the White slot (SATA 0) and the other hard drive to the Blue slot (SATA1).

in my XPS 8300 these were SATA III (6 GBPS) and the two black slots were SATA II (3 GBps).

This video here is of a guy inserting 3 drives into this unit and he explains it quite well.

 

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The "special coating" on this model of drive is why I don't want to use this specific drive - always read seagate was very reliable just not this drive :emotion-2:

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my hd (seagate st3750630as) took a [ADMIN NOTE: Profanity removed as per TOU] on me.  Computer seemed slow for about a week then turned it off to install new wireless router and turned back on and wouldn't boot -ran the dell test disc and it showed a lot of unreadable sectors so I want to replace it And reload factory vista with disc from dell.  Do I have to use this exact drive or can I go with a better or bigger drive and if anyone wants to suggest a specific drive I would appreciate it    Thanks 

 
smgchandler
 
You don't have to use the same brand, any internal SATA 3.5", 7200 rpm hard drive will fit, up to 2tb in size
 
Check out the Western Digital drives and buy a hard drive that has the longest manufacturer's warranty.
 
Unfortunately these days, your choice of hard drives is limited to the Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba brands.
 
Bev.

 


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If you want performance a 128 GB or superior SamSung Evo 840 or Crucial M500 Solid State Drive are recommended with a 2.5" to 3.5" inch convertor.

If you want storage a Seagate drive or WD drive is recommended. I prefer Seagate or WD as I use the Seagate DiscWizard or WD Acronis Edition which are free Acronis variants that work only if a Seagate or WD drive are detected respectively.

For a desktop its recommended to get a Solid State Drive to install Windows Vista (or 7 on) and also get a large capacity 3.5" Seagate or WD 1-2 TB drive for data storage this way you get the best of both worlds (storage capacity and performance). I would also get a Seagate or WD external hard drive for backup purposes and carry out Data Recovery using Fedora as soon as possible on the failed drive: http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/data-recovery-using-fedora/

Follow my Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows Vista:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/

Use a Digital River .iso and the Activation Recovery using Dell files:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-microsoft-windows-and-office/download-microsoft-w...

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/a-clean-install-of-windows-7/microsoft-product-activation/...

If you are running the system with the preinstalled OEM license.

For the SSD:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=evo+840&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%...

or

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=m500&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Am...

This Seagate drive should do:

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST2000DM001/dp/B005T3GRN2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UT...

This one is good for backup purposes:

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansion-Desktop-External-STBV2000100/dp/B00834SJS0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF...

Dr Philip Yip
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I plan to put a ssd drive in for the os and a larger hdd in for storage.  My question is where to connect the drives.  The hdd thats in now is connected to the blue slot and a DVD drive is connected to a black slot.  My choices are two black slots and a white slot and a blue slot.  When I get the ssd drive and the hdd where should I connect the two?  And i have the extra cable needed for the ssd drive.  Going this morning to get the drives. Thanks 

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Connect the SSD Drive to the White slot (SATA 0) and the other hard drive to the Blue slot (SATA1).

in my XPS 8300 these were SATA III (6 GBPS) and the two black slots were SATA II (3 GBps).

This video here is of a guy inserting 3 drives into this unit and he explains it quite well.

 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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Thanks so much for all the info.  Should I install the hdd later after getting the os going or should I put both in at one time and start up?   I'm putting vista back on it as factory   Thanks

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You need to install the OS on the hard drive so install the hard drive first.

Dr Philip Yip
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Never simple for some reason     I pick up ssd drive and 2 tb hdd and install the ssd only and turn it on with dell vista install disc in DVD drive and this message comes up ---  no diagnostic utility partition identified    Press any key to reboot  ---  I set it to boot from DVD and tried too. Same message    I am stuck 

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Luv google - ok solution is to unplug not power but sata cable after it starts then plug back in quickly and it will see drive -- loaded drivers from dell disc and taking updates now. I appreciate everyone's help here - will plug hdd in later after it finishes updating.
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