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Installing 2nd hard drive

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I have a Western Digital IDE (WD600) hard drive from an old emachines pc that toasted itself.  I just bought a new Dell and would like to install the western digital hard drive as a second hard drive in the dell.  They are both XP machines if that makes a difference.  

Am I correct in thinking that I just need to screw it in place, connect the IDE cable and the power cable, switch the jumper to slave and turn the machine on?

If I have missed any steps or you need any more information please let me know.

Thanks,

Matt
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by:PUNKY
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What is dell pc model? There are extra brackets inside (green ones), you could use them to install old drive into the bay.

However, try to avoid connect the IDE drive on same cable with DVD/CD devices.
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by:torquedtech
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there are 2 more possible steps

1 go into bios on bootup and make sure that it recognizes the second hdd
2 after booting into windows xp right click on my computer and select manage, then go to disk management and make sure the disk (probably disk 1) is enabled

then you should be golden
good luck
~Dan
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It is a Vostro 200, Mini Tower Intel Celeron CPU 430 (1.80GHz,800FSB)
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by:PUNKY
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Please see the links for how to:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos200/en/mini_tower/om_en/html/parts.htm#wp1565324

Your system has only 1 IDE connector, so you have to attach drive same cable with DVD/CD. As you know, configure slave / master correctly and your system should work ok.
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What is the danger of installing the IDE drive on the same cable as the CD/DVD?
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there is no danger, just check to make sure both devices are on the correct master/slave/ or cable select
and you will not have any problems
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PUNKY earned 75 total points
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It could slow down the IDE drive, and no danger at all.

I would buy a cheap like one in the link below to add IDE drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132009
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As you can tell this is a very basic machine for my father who is in his seventies and just learning to use a computer.  So I don't think performance sill be an issue at all.  I will probably just install the drive and see how it works.  I always tell him that his computer could be replaced with a 50 cent deck of cards.

Thanks for all the help.
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