i have an Inspiron 531 desktop vista 32 bit AMD64 2core and my backup HDD is running out of space. how do i go about fitting another hard drive inside the tower please - would i need some new IDE cable to go with it?
how many hard drives can i fit in this tower - it looks quite roomy?
The 531 supports a second SATA HD, the directions for installing the hard drive are HERE.
You can install any size of hard drive, currently available.
There is a spare SATA power connector inside the case for an additional drive, but you will need to buy a second SATA data cable.
After installing the drive enter the system setup and check that the hard drive is 'enabled' [on].
For Vista to recognize the second hard drive, it must be partitioned and formatted.
Instructions for installing an second hard drive using Windows Vista Disk Management, check out the generic procedures HERE
hi Bev - i bought the 531 as a bit of a potential 'barebones' so i have been thinking about adding things to it ever since. will update 🙂
A SATA II hard drive will be fine, you will need to buy a SATA data cable, there should ba spare SATA power connector inside the case.
Personally, I would transfer the data on the 10gb D:/ to an external hard drive.
I use the following method to safe guard my data:
Using SATA two hard drives and an imaging utility, like Acronis, or Casper to image the C:/ drive to the secondary hard drive.
When there is a problem, all I need to do, is to swap the data cables and boot the system.
Then image the new C:/ to the corrupted second hard drive, creating a corrupt free image again.
Plus make regular backups of the files and folders to an USB external hard drive.
this is great news 🙂 a month ago i was actually being advised to get rid of the pc - my 2core to replace a P4! - but no way! - have managed to slot a new graphics card in and work around the struggling on-board nVidia integrated graphics, now i can finally proceed to upgrading the HDD capacity
you have lost me a bit on the back-up but i can certainly start unburdening the D:/ to an external HDD and just keep it for that; is it possible to specify only crucial information gets duplicated?
anything i am particularly interested in would get saved to other locations anyway - i run the risk of multiple-saved information otherwise?
guess the final upgrade would be from 2 to quad core but i do not know if the 531 would support that?
my system information tells me i am running a 3800 processor - is this a print error? - if not i have a way to go before i meet the 6000+ mark? might this also necessitate a new PSU though?
many thanks again for your help 🙂
I have no idea if it's a print error, go to Belarc.com and download their Free Personal PC Audit, to find what you have, in your PC.
No, there's no need to replace the power supply, for a processor upgrade.