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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2006, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have a dell xps 400. I bought a hard drive on ebay last week for it. I go to install it and the hard drive that is in it has some crazy kind of hook up for the hard drive. I'm used to those big flat gray wires. this a small blue wire going into the hard drive and into the motherboard. I wanted to use the factory hard drive and the one I bought. I do I hook up the one I have? please help
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2006, 04:45 PM
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welcome to sata. I'm guessing you bought and IDE drive and need to get a sata.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2006, 05:46 PM
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If you can't return it...pm me with the drive details and how much you want.

I would've thought that an XPS would have both interfaces. I might be too far behind the times though.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2006, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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found some stuff on ebay. sata to ide http://cgi.ebay.com/Serial-ATA-SATA-...QQcmdZViewItem

I bought a western digi 250g. Does that above item in the link going to work do you think?
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-25-2006, 01:38 PM
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The drive will run at the slowest interface speed...so it'll run at whatever spec the EIDE spec is...

I'm not a PC/Server guy, but I typically avoid at interface conversion if at all possible. Anytime a conversion happens, things are slower then they could be. Also, in this case, it is real low level stuff so it could be low quality as well.

I could be all wrong, so what for confirmation from someone who knows hardware pretty well. IMHO, if you have SATA on an XPS...get a SATA drive.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-25-2006, 01:47 PM
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i'd sell it and get a SATA drive. Or go buy a USB/IDE enclosure, and use it as portable storage.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-25-2006, 09:32 PM
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i'd sell it and get a SATA drive. Or go buy a USB/IDE enclosure, and use it as portable storage.

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' If you interface it down to IDE you will not get optimal performance
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' If you interface it down to IDE you will not get optimal performance

Im just using it to hold all of my home videos I uploaded on to the computer. Each video is like 9g. I have a 160g hard drive already but I bought the 250g for storage. So not getting optimal performance shouldn't be a big problem.
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then go spend 30 bucks on a USB enclosure, then it's portable, and you can store it when you don't need access to it
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