Adding second SATA harddrive to Dell 8400

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Adding second SATA harddrive to Dell 8400

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I have a Dell SATA 8400. It came with a 250g SATA harddrive. After a couple of years, the drive failed and I replaced it with the same size harddrive. AT first I had trouble getting the machine to recognize the drive. Didn't realize I had to load some drivers. Do to my learning curve, I ended up doing a clean install. I only mention this because the drive is set up however windows XP Pro set it up. Today I added a second SATA harddrive. It is 1 Terabyte. I hooked it up. It doesn't show up in My Computer. I tried adding the jumper. It is a 3Gb/sec. Thought it might be a 1.5gb/sec. Doesn't recognize it then either. Do I need to change something in CMOS? It the size too big for XP?

Whether the drive is jumpered or not, the pc boots up OK.

Thanks.

 

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  • Enter "Setup" F2 at Dell screen.  Highlght "Drives, press Enter, turn ON next avalible SATA port and exit saving settings.

      SATA 0= primariy boot drive

     SATA 1= CD/DVD drive

     SATA 2= ? second CD/DVD or second Hardrive

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  • kev914

    Enter the setup and check that the drive is set to "Auto" [Enabled], after this the hard drive needs to be partitioned and formatted, using XP Disk Management.

    Dimension 8400 System Setup

    These are generic instructions for installing an additional hard drive using Windows XP Disk Management, they are by Seagate, but apply to all brands.

    Bev.

     

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  • Thanks. The drive is a Seagate. Would you know if I need to jumper it or not. Couldn't find anything in the manual to tell me if it was capable of 3gb/sec or if I needed to jumper it for 1.5 gb/sec.

    Not sure how the forum works exactly yet either. I was going to respond to both posts. Wasn't sure if I reply to my own post or two the last post. In any case, I think my dvd drives are IDE.

    Thanks again.

  • Hi Kev

    The Dell 8400 system can only recognize upto 400GB of HDD any thing above that will not be detected. You can get 1TB External HDD if you need more space.

    Regards

    ~ Ratz

    1. Is the drive identified in the bios by model number?  If it is, then we got to step #2.
    2. In windows, go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management
    3. If the disk is Seen it will be listed as DISK 1, right click the Disk 1 tab and INITIALIZE the drive.  Once initialized, then format it NTFS and it will be assigned drive letter D:

    Donald Kempf

    Inspiron E1505 /XPS 10 Windows 8

    Dimension 8400 Windows XP/Vista/8

    #IWork4Dell

  • kev914

    Thanks. The drive is a Seagate. Would you know if I need to jumper it or not. Couldn't find anything in the manual to tell me if it was capable of 3gb/sec or if I needed to jumper it for 1.5 gb/sec.

    Not sure how the forum works exactly yet either. I was going to respond to both posts. Wasn't sure if I reply to my own post or two the last post. In any case, I think my dvd drives are IDE.

    Thanks again.

     kev914

    I'm running two 500gb SATA II [3gb] hard drives in my 8400 without the jumpers and have no problems.

    Bev.

     

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  • dhanrajc

    Hi Kev

    The Dell 8400 system can only recognize upto 400GB of HDD any thing above that will not be detected. You can get 1TB External HDD if you need more space.

    Regards

    ~ Ratz

     

    That's strange, I'm running two 500gb SATA II hard drives in my 8400, the PC recognizes each HD has 476+gb.    Wink 

    Bev.

     

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  • It recommened to have upto 400 GB. But thanks for the info that 8400 works with 500GB -

    Good to know that

    ~ Ratz

  • Thanks. The drive doesn't show in CMOS and all the SATA (what ever they are called) are set to autodetect and are on (by default). So I guess the drive is too big. Guess I should have posted here first before I bought it. Will that drive work in any of the newer Dell pcs?

    Thanks.

  • kev914

    Yes, Dell is selling new desktops with 1tb SATA hard drives.

    http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/desktops_great_deals/fs.aspx?refid=desktops_great_deals&s=dhs&cs=19

    Bev.

     

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