Hey guys, a couple of questions here that may take some space to write, so bare with me. First of all, someone in my office recently upgraded their computer and was getting rid of a Dell Dimension 4550. I currently work on a dell Dimension 2350. The 4550, from the specs I read, was a better machine, and I read that it could hold 2gb of ram, and since I work in grpahic design, that was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I said I'd fix up the machine. After finally finding an adapter for a dvi to vga cable, I was up and running. Installed two 1gb sticks of ram. The machine runs fine, but I found a couple of problems I need help with. First off, upon some second opinion checks on ram, I found that there are two versions of my system. One with a frontside bus of 400 MHz and one with 533 MHz. Apparently the 400 MHz can handle two gb of ram, while the 533 can only handle 1gb. Can anyone explain to me why that is? I did a check and found that my system is 533 MHz. However, I am running the 2gb of ram. If it supposedly can't handle the ram, am I in danger of hurting the system? Or does the ram just max at 1 gb, and I'm wasting the extra 1 gb stick in there? That's question 1. Question two arises from the fact that I realized upon turning the machine on that it's only got a 30 gb hard drive. I need at least 80 at work, so this was a problem. I found an internal hard drive on ebay, of 160 gb, that matches my computer and bought it. It will arrive tomorrow (the hard drive can be found here: http://cm.ebay.com/cm/ck/1065-29392-2357-0?uid=114345498&site=0&ver=EOIBSA080805&lk=URL&Item=8816445291
Now, I have instructions for how to install the hard drive from the dell site. I can install it stand alone or as a second hard drive. My question now changes to hard drive installation. I know very little about how a computer accesses multiple hard drives. I'd like to install the second hard drive and use it for all my programs, etc. And I'd like to have the original hard drive just carry the operating system. So if the OS crashes, I can jsut reinstall on that hard drive and not effect the other drive. Question is this...can I install programs on the second hard drive and access them via my start menu, desktop, etc just like I would if they wer eon my C drive? Will that cause any problems? Will certain things automatically install to C:? Or can I designate the new drive as my PRIMARY drive and have everything default to it, with only exepctions made when I tell it to? These are my many questions. if you need any more info, please don't hesitate to ask. Oh, and lastly, when I install my new drive, what happens if I install it as the master and the original as the slave? Will that cuase problems? Lemmie know.