slimline hard drive question

Posted on 2011-04-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Every now and then I get a client with a slimline desktop. Most of them are Dell. I have 2 questions.
1) Is the hard drive proprietary?
2) Can the hard drive be replaced with any Western Digital, Seagate, or Maxtor full size hard drive that normally goes in a regular desktop?
Question by:now2010
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    All the Dell PCs I've used have standard Hard Drives. As far as I'm aware there should be no problem swapping out the hard drive with another you have available.

    The best way to find out is to pop open the case and take a look.

    That being said, I'm sure if there is warranty on the machine, Dell may not support HDD issues if it's not the drive they installed.
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    All hard drives are standard/universal ... occasionally there will be an adapter/interposer that is proprietary or semi-proprietary, but those are mostly in laptops (HP, Acer, Dell, etc.) where the space is too constrictive even for a SATA cable.  The only parts to watch out for in an ultra small chassis is the motherboard, power supply, and control panel; memory, drives, and processors will always be standard.

    Take the Vostro 200 Slim for example - takes standard SATA cables:
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    >>  Can the hard drive be replaced with any Western Digital, Seagate, or Maxtor full size hard drive that normally goes in a regular desktop?

    Depends but usually there is no problem.  

    Check the manufacturer's specifications.  Sometimes they restrict the capacity that the computer will take.  You'll commonly find this on older type computers.  Use Google to check this out with a query that combines manufacturer model and hard disk together.  Or ask question in manufacturer's forums.

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    All of the SFF and UFF Dells we've had were standard 3.5" IDE or SATA drives.  With the GX-620 series, they're mounted directly over a capacitor that blows and overheats, killing the drive.

    We're batting 1000 for replacing those unit.

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