I continue refurbishment of my old dell dimension 5150 desktop, using mostly parts retrieved from my dell xps-r450.
I have now removed the ide hard drive from the xps and wish to install it in the 5150 inline with the resident optical drive. The data and power cables are in place.
1. I need to find a way to secure the ide drive in the cpu. At this time it would be sitting loose on the top of the floppy drive casing. I do not feel comfortable with this arrangement. I have seen websites advertising drive "enclosures" or "caddies" but these are for external use or for situations where possible removal of this drive would be required, eg as a backup. I believe I need a hard drive "cage". Does anyone know of a location whence I can find a cage to install this ide hard drive in my dimension 5150 cpu? The drive cover plate may not fit, but at least the drive would be secured.
2. As I understand it, I must configure the first in line as the "boot drive" and the second as the "slave". Is this true in my situation, where the ide hard drive is secondary to the sata drive? How difficult is this? Obviously it must be done in BIOS; a search for a BIOS upgrade would be logical before installation.
3. Do I require another cooling fan to support this extra hard drive?
Thanx again for any input.