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Windows 7: old hard drive

13 Oct 2010   #1

windows 7 X64
old hard drive

Hi everyone. I would like to take the SATA harddrive out of the Dimension E310--old computer-- and install it in the Inspiron 560. I believe both harddrives are Sata drives. The problem is in the E310 the HD is attached with and IDE cable. I donot see that type of connection in the 560. Is there any way that I can install the old harddrive? I would hate to have to get rid of it. Here is my specs for the E310:

Dimension E310
Intel® Pentium® 4 with Hyper-Threading technology
2GB of Memory
Intel 915GV
2 Serial ATA drives
Nvidia GeForce 5200 PCI Video Card
230 W

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13 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

If it's an IDE (PATA) interface then it's not a SATA drive.

I have a Dimension E510 which is from the same vintage. According to the Dell manual the hard drive, like my E510's hard drives, are SATA. The optical drives (CD/DVD) are PATA types and use the wide IDE Ribbon I/O data cables.

Are you sure you are looking at the SATA hard drive?
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13 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Here are the Specs for the says there is only 1 SATA so the best you could do, would be get an encasing and use the old drive as an external USB Drive

Make sure you look for IDE connection internally..and the correct size for your drive (most likely 3.5" )
like this one

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13 Oct 2010   #4

windows 7 X64

Thanks fellows for helping me. Fireberd you were right. I was looking at the optical drives instead of the harddrives. Can I install another optical drive in the 560? Can I take one of the optical drives out of the E310 and install it in the 560? This a probablly a stupid question, but I had to ask it. I is ashame to get rid of two perfectly good hd and two optical drives. What do you think? For the harddrives I will buy an enclosure and use them as external hds. Any help will be appreciated deanie 44
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