I have an OptiPlex GX270 whose hard drive is filling up fast. Will this desktop support a secondary hard drive please, probably a 3.5 inch SATA HDD type?
Many thanks :)
Hi kr236rk, There are 3 versions of the system, See here. It depends what version you have, see below,
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oh! it's a Pentium 4 without a doubt!
does this help please?
The GX270 comes in three different versions, the Small Form-Factor, Small Desktop and Small Mini-Tower models.
Which version do you have?
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thanks Bev :)
Small Desktop Computer!
The Small Desktop does not support a second hard drive, the case has space for one 3.5" Hard Drive, one 5.25" Optical Drive and a 3.5" Floppy Drive.
The motherboard has one SATA connector.
If there is an open 3.5" Floppy drive bay, you might be able to install a 3.5" hard drive in this bay, but I think you would be better advise to use a USB external hard drive.
you mean this?
Secondary Serial ATA (not available on the small form-factor or small desktop computers)
so i'm looking at reformatting the existing HDD or replacing it with a more GB friendly version and doing a clean XP reinstall?
the external harddrive will not solve the Microsoft Update situation which is probably the bulk of my C drive right now :-o
thanks again :)
You are welcome.
Basically it's a space issue, due to the constraints of the Small Desktop case.
ok thanks Bev, i can see my way through now ;)
Happy to have helped.
Why not replace the original with a 2tb? Then you'd have plenty of storage and still occupy only a single drive bay.
You can clone the original over to the new with the likes of Acronis True Image.
I don't understand what you mean?
Buy a new large drive -1TB~2TB. Clone the old drive to it and go on with no worries about space for a long long time.
A program like Acronis True Image will make an EXACT copy of your old HDD.
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"Buy a new large drive -1TB~2TB. Clone the old drive to it and go on with no worries about space for a long long time.
A program like Acronis True Image will make an EXACT copy of your old HDD."
OK i just fell in - TB = 1000GB [duh]
So you mean hook up to a TB external HDD > clone the tiddly 20GB already on the C Drive, erase it and "!" new C Drive!
Hm, problem is a lot of the guts of the C are tied up with Microsoft Updates and they are the biggest draw on this old 40GB C drive / internal HDD. Would i not be better off just hiking the old C drive out and replacing it with a 1 TB internal SATA HDD?
I don't need zillions of byte space on that old desktop cos i use it for small recording projects (music) but the drive is filling up with Microsoft stuff so i need to take action or the efficiency of the pc is going to dip.
This is a budget-splitter cos I also need to up the Ram, my latest audio mixer (update) software is twice as memory-hungry as the old version and 'no worries' projects of 6 months ago are starting to freeze the software, hence my posts, questions and concern at the present C drive situation basically.
I plan to backup data then install a larger HDD, then clean install from my original XP disc: does this sound cool if i do go down that road please?
I bought a 2tb internal from Newegg the other day for $100 postpaid. On sale, they're not much more than the 1tbs.
I used True Image to make a duplicate of the original drive, with the partitions expanded to take advantage of the extra space. Nothing needed to be installed (including the OS) and all my files collected over the years were safely backed up (on the old drive).
If you use a 2tb internal, as Jeff said, you won't have to worry about running out of space for a long, long time.
Sometimes I don't 'splain myself very well - sorry. I meant: to clone the old HDD to a new, larger drive via an external enclosure. Then remove the old, small drive, replace it with the clone (internal) and use the old one for a paper weight.
HDD space is cheap. Get you some!!