VIP12888
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Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

Hello,
 
I am thinking of getting a second SATA disk for my E520, but have some questions:
Is there a limit on the capacity? I have seen 320GB somewhere...
Does the board support SATA2?
 
Thank you.
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MRF4700
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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

The system board does support 2 SATA drives on the E520...
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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

VIP12888

You can use either SATA1 or SATA2 hard drives and there's no limit on the size of the drives.

There is a spare power connector inside the case, but you will need a 24" x 180* x 90* [right angle] SATA data cable, similar to the unit Here. 

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Try to buy the cable from a local computer store, to save the S&H.

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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

Thanks for the info! VIP
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You're Welcome. 🙂

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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

RE: Adding a second drive to an E520.
 
I'm about to buy a WD 250 Gb SATA II drive to install in this PC (you mentioned earlier that both SATA I and II were compatible with this motherboard)
 
However, what sort of cabling do I require - unfortunately your link no longer works.  I read on the Maplins site (UK) which supplies PC parts that you need different cabling for SATA II?  If this is true, do I need SATA II at both ends of the cable or only at one end?
 
Incidentally, if you should know, is this motherboard SATA I or II - and what data speed do they run at?
 
Many thanks
TSH


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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

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You need a 24" [or longer] x 180* x 90* [right angle] SATA1 data cable, similar to this.

Note: If both SATA 150 and 300 drive models are 7200 rpm, this will limit them to a practical maximum speed, in the 60-65 MBps range.

This article may interest you.

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TSH001
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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

Thanks for the info - and the link to the SATA article!
 
RE: ' If both SATA 150 and 300 drive models are 7200 rpm, this will limit them to a practical maximum speed, in the 60-65 MBps range '
 
The drive I'm buying is a WD 250 Gb, 7200, 8mb cache, SATA 300 drive.  From the above, am I right in thinking that the drives will run at the speed of the slowest drive?  ie my original installed system drive which I assume is SATA 150? 
 
And is this a theoretical limit anyway - the article seemed to suggest that no mid range consumer drives reach this speed anyway?
 
Many thanks
TSH
 
 
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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

Hello,
I don't know a lot about computers but want to add another Sata drive.
I have bought one and have ordered a 1m Sata cable (right angle( similar to the one that is in my PC for the first HD.
However, I am not quite sure where to plug the drive into on the motherboard.
There is a sata connection next to the one my main HD uses but that one is taken up by the DVD drive.
I can see a place that looks like another sata connection on the motherboard / can I used pluc the drive into that one or does the order matter of where they go?

Thanks for the help.

Waliser
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Re: Dimension E520: Second Hard Drive

waliser

As you have posted in a E520 thread, I'll ssume that you have a E520 with XP.

You can use any open SATA port on the motherboard.

The E520 Motherboard details are here 

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How to install the hard drive. 

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After installing the hardrive, enter the 'System Setup' and check that the drive is enabled [on]

System Setup

For windows to recognize the second hard drive, it must be patitioned and formatted. These are generic instructions for installing an additional hard drive using Windows XP Disk Management, they are by Seagate. but apply to all brands.

Bev.


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