What is the max size I should upgrade the internal primary hard drive up to?The existing one is trashed, what is the best procedure to follow?Thanks.
Dell has only tested up to a 120GB drive in the D4400. I recently put a 2nd HDD in my D4400. It is a 200GB Western Digital (WD) EIDE model, the installation was done without any problems. I felt that $0.50/GB is a good price for HDDs now. I used the install software included in the retail package from WD to partition and format the drive. You might have to update your BIOS, and have WinXP SP-2 installed.
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Thanks for the useful responses.
This is a Dell Dimension 4400 owned by a friend of ours. She is dropping it off soon to have me get it back on the air. While I haven't seen it yet, I understand she has been through cycles of telephone technical support.
She says that the unit tries to power up, sometimes flips to a screen to choose an operating system then after a few seconds powers down with the message "No input signal - Power Saving Mode". (That's probably the monitor losing its signal.) According to her a variety of explanations have been offered including lapsing into hibernation but most recently they concluded that the hard drive was bad.
So I will have some testing to do before I can agree with that conclusion but I wanted to have a drive selected for her so I could move quickly if we needed one.*
I had her put a bootable CDROM, then power down then up. It apparently did ask on a screen if could boot from the CDROM but then cycled as before.
I notice that some have run into maybe similar problems that were fixed by removing the battery and resetting the BIOS related circuits. Any thoughts would be welcome.
*Maybe the 120GB Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB would work for her.