Can I connect a MAXTOR SATA hard drive with SATA/300 connectivity in a DELL Optiplex GX280 with SATA SMART II?

Posted on 2006-05-06
Last Modified: 2010-08-05

I've a DELL Optiplex GX280. Its product specification said that its storage can accept 40, 80, 160, 250 SATA with SMART II. I'd like to upgrade the hard drive. The current hard drive is 80 GB. In Staples, I find one Maxtor SATA hard drive of 300 GB with SATA/300 connectivity. I'd like to be sure that I can connect this SATA (/300) using the existing connectivity (SMART II) inside DELL machine and the hard drive can be detected and work connrectly with the machine.

If you've any idea about this, please help.

Thanks a lot,

Question by:somits
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    The SATA II drive should be backward compatible.
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    You should not have any problem with it.
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    When you buy the 300 GB SATA and install it in your system, it will see only 250 GB of the drive.  If you are happy getting 250GB for the price you pay for 300 GB, then do it, but make sure you get a return policy if it doesnt work.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    scrathcyboy - What are you talking about?  What you say makes no sense - unless you're talking about the marketing issues.
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    I have few hundreds of Optiplex (vary of models) on production lines, machines, etc. and our technicians (not engineers) added many different types of hard drives (included SATA II with mass storage capacity) without any issue! why is it so complicated? Here are few things to make sure it will eliminate much problem:

    1. Windows OS with up-to-date service packs! recommended Win XP service pack 2.
    2. BIOS with newest version (not really required).
    3. Configure jumper correctly.

    Then, bum! job done! I faced few issues but those are bad hard drives (returned and get replacement).
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    It should be no problem adding a 300GB drive. The only reason that it isn't mentioned as compatibe is that at the time the PC came out 250GB were the largest SATA HD's.

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