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[SOLVED] Need to buy another expanded hard drive

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I have a Dell Computer Dimension 4600i, Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3; processor is 2.67 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4; 8 kilobyte primary memory cache, with only a 39.96 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity with only 6.9 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space. The hard drive is a Seagate ST68022USB Device, ST340014A. The main circuit board is Dell Computer, Bus Clock: 533 megahertz. Memory module is 1022 Megabytes Installed Momory.
(I used BeLarc Advisor to print out the above information. I'm not sure what that all means, but I thought it would help someone to know what I have.)

I want to buy another hard drive to put into the CPU, but I have no idea what to buy and if you think I could put it in myself. If you think I couldn't do it, which is probably a good assumption, should I still buy the additional hard drive and take it to a computer place. What do you think it would cost to (1) buy the hard drive; (2) how much memory should I buy, 100 GB or probably larger?? and (3) have it installed in the CPU???

I'd appreciate any advice you may offer.

Thank you.
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Re: Need to buy another expanded hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The ST340014A is a PATA hard drive. You can add any PATA Hard drive, size should not be a limit . . 250 - 500 GB should do for most systems. 600003442&IsNodeId=1&name=IDE Ultra ATA100

Installation should be easy as long as there is space inside the case for a second HDD. Here is the Dell guide:
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Re: Need to buy another expanded hard drive

Thanks so much for welcoming me to the group!

I can't thank you enough for giving me exactly the information I needed. I am going to do this myself!!

You are a genius!!
Re: Need to buy another expanded hard drive

Have fun . . let us know how it goes!!
Do not go for an internal hard drive replacement. Instead as this is a desktop computer , you can buy an external USB hard drive ( probably 500 GB or 1 TB ) and keep it connected all the time. Whatever data you have on this internal hard drive now can be transferred to that external hard drive and you can still use the computer in the same way. This way if your computer crashes for some reason in future you will not lose any data as the data will be on the external hard drive. External hard drives would cost you somewhere between 50-100 $. Also you need not have to carry the tower to any technician and pay him to replace the internal hard drive. IF YOU NEED FURTHER HELP LET ME KNOW
An external drive that is connected and running all the time will fail much sooner than an internal drive
I have to agree with Rich 100% on this one, the majority of the drives we see in for recovery are externals that failed long before their time. Heat, potential for damage. Unless you NEED an external drive for partability, or to attach to a laptop, an internal drive is more stable. USB does not pass all the ATA command set and a lot of the bridge chips they use leave much to be desired. Couple that with poor heat dissipation and a propensity for people to put them uner shelves where airflow may be poor to begin with, and you are simply asking for a recovery.
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