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Old 12-24-00, 12:08 AM
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Hi, i have a Dell Dimension XPS T450. I want to add a second hard drive to my computer. I believe i have one ide slot left. (dvd, cd-rw, and one hd... there would be one left, right?) anyway, are they easy to install? i do not have much experence installing things, other than a pci card. also, how would the os work? i have windows 98 loaded on the hd i have now... would i have to install that on the other hard drive as well? thanks.
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Pretty easy to install. You have to work out master/slave issues (one of each per channel - probably best one hard drive per channel as master), going into your BIOS to auto-recognize the new drive (and verify all drives are seen), fdisking the new drive (FDISK - be very careful, you can wipe out your existing disk's data if you make a careless mistake), and formatting it.

No operating system is necessary on the new drive and it would become your D: drive, so your removable media drives would each get moved down one letter (if you only fdisk as one partition, enabling large disk support, and creating only one primary partition).
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thanks for the reply. i have a few more questions now. will any type of drive work with my system? or should i look for something specific? will i need a new power supply, or will my current one be able to handle another drive?

also, i just went into my bios to see my setup. i have my current hd on pm, nothing on my ps... dvd on sm and cd-rw on ss. should i move my dvd to ps and put the new hd on sm or just put the new hd on ps and have 2 hd's on one channel and 2 rom's on one channel? probably the first one, right? thanks.
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Probably any IDE hd would work, you might want to verify if you're adding over a 40GB one. Depending on whether it's an ATA-33, 66, or 100, you might not have an interface to support over ATA-33 on your machine. So don't overspend on the drive unless you want to move it to a newer machine in the future. You could verify with Dell, if you can get them on the phone, or buy a drive that you can return if you have trouble.

I wouldn't think you'd need a new power supply just to add one drive.

As to the primary-secondary, master-slave issue, it depends on what you're doing on your drives. In general, I would put the second hd on sm and move the dvd to ps. But for ease, you could try just adding the new hd to ps. Make sure you change the jumpers on the drives correctly to master and slave. If you have problems with dvd stuttering you could change the configuration until it works better. Make sure you enable DMA in Windows for the drives.

Good luck.

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