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replacing the hard disk and memory of a brand new Dell system

I bought a brand new Pentium D Dell desktop and want to upgrade it by replacing the 80 GB HD by 250 GB HD from my old computer.I also want to upgrade the RAM from 512 MB to 1 GB from my same old computer.How should I proceed ?What problems could I face ?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You could face incompatibilities and slowing your new computer down.

You need to know what kind of RAM your new computer uses and what kind of hard drive.  You might want to consider adding the new hard drive as a slave and not replacing the 80GB drive.

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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
the 512MB MUST BE compatible with your new system.  Check the specifications on the old versus the new. Physically looking the same doesn't mean that it is the same.  Only the specs can tell you.

As for the hardrive...you can use Norton Ghost to clone the drive. OR if you get a Maxtor or Western Digital, they both come with utilites to upscale your hardrive without losing date OR reinstalling the entire Operating system.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Cloning is not a good idea without prepwork - your missing drivers and if the new hard drive is SATA and the old is ATA, then you won't even boot (probably).
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@ganga_68.. confirm if you have an SATA drive.
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ganga_68Author Commented:
80GB 7200 RPM SATA HD


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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
what brand of drive do you have now?
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ganga_68Author Commented:
80GB 7200 RPM SATA HD
is the new one I don't know the make (I am yet to take delivery)
The old one is Maxtor SATA Ultra 16 250 GB 7200 rpm
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
That's good - you could probably clone the drive - from the new dell to the old hard drive.  Your hardware has probably significantly changed between computers and trying to use the old hard drive AND the old installation of windows would probably be difficult at best as you would likely need to do a repair install to get Windows to boot again.

Now, do you know the kind of RAM you have? and the kind that will be used in the new system?
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ganga_68Author Commented:
You mean the make ?
Is there a way I can know that 'on-screen' or do I have to
physically check it ? (The old  RAM is 1 GB and the new one is 512 MB)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No, I mean the type - PC133/SDRAM, DDR, DDR2?  What speed?  PC 3200, PC 2700, something else?  

Try downloading AIDA32 - it can sometimes identify this information.  Then we'd also need to know what kind of RAM the new system uses and what speed RAM you are using in the new system.

You can mix most DDR RAM with other DDR RAM, most DDR2 RAM with other DDR2 RAM, but you CANNOT mix DDR and DDR2 RAM.  Also, when you can and do mix RAM if the speeds aren't equal, the RAM will run at the slowest speed.  So if you have slow memory in the old system, you could potentially slow it down in the new system (I don't know how noticeable it would be to you, but it would be slower that way).
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ganga_68Author Commented:
I downloaded and ran the AIDA and found the memory to be
1 GB PC2700 DDR SDRAM
1024 (2 rows 4 banks)
and from specs the new one has
512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (2x256M)
So thats a problem ! Right ?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes, DDR2 and DDR RAM are physically different chips - your newer system will have faster RAM.  

So to be clear, you CANNOT use your old RAM in your NEW computer, but you CAN use your old Hard Drive in your new computer.
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ganga_68Author Commented:
so if I need to increase my RAM to 1 GB (from the present 2x256) how should I do it ?What is the max RAM I can go for ?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Well, maybe I missed it, but I don't think you ever named the exact make and model of the system you're buying.  A dell... a dell what?

PROBABLY 4 GB is your max.  If you want more RAM, you'll have to buy it.  I recommend visiting www.crucial.com or www.kingston.com and looking up your system in their selectors - they will tell you how much RAM you can add and exactly which RAM you'll need.  Neither is the CHEAPEST place online, but both are considered QUALITY manufacturers and the online prices are usually 20-40% cheaper than in a store.  Plus you KNOW you're getting the correct RAM.
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ganga_68Author Commented:
Dell Dimension E5150 Series PentiumĀ® D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)
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ganga_68Author Commented:
Thanks for the info ! I now have a direction...
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!
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