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Dimension 4400 Hard Drive Upgrade

  • What is the max size I should upgrade the internal primary hard drive up to?
    The existing one is trashed, what is the best procedure to follow?

  • jwcrim wrote:
    What is the max size I should upgrade the internal primary hard drive up to?
    The existing one is trashed, what is the best procedure to follow?


    Dell has only tested up to a 120GB drive in the D4400.  I recently put a 2nd HDD in my D4400.  It is a 200GB Western Digital (WD) EIDE model, the installation was done without any problems.  I felt that $0.50/GB is a good price for HDDs now.   I used the install software included in the retail package from WD to partition and format the drive.  You might have to update your BIOS, and have WinXP SP-2 installed. 

    This topic has been a recent and fairly frequent subject.  You should use the forum search function to check out recent forum postings for more info and particulars.

    Good luck,:smileyhappy:


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  • jwcrim.
    You will need to have BIOS version A03 or later [latest is A06], plus have Windows XP SP1 or SP2 in order for the D4400 to
    recognize a drive larger than 137GB.


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  • Thanks for the useful responses.

    This is a Dell Dimension 4400 owned by a friend of ours. She is dropping it off soon to have me get it back on the air. While I haven't seen it yet, I understand she has been through cycles of telephone technical support.

    She says that the unit tries to power up, sometimes flips to a screen to choose an operating system then after a few seconds powers down with the message "No input signal - Power Saving Mode". (That's probably the monitor losing its signal.)  According to her a  variety of explanations have been offered including lapsing into hibernation but most recently they concluded that the hard drive was bad.

    So I will have some testing to do before I can agree with that conclusion but I wanted to have a drive selected for her so I could move quickly if we needed one.*

    I had her put a bootable CDROM, then power down then up. It apparently did ask on a screen if could boot from the CDROM but then cycled as before.

    I notice that some have run into maybe similar problems that were fixed by removing the battery and resetting the BIOS related circuits. Any thoughts would be welcome.


    *Maybe the 120GB Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB would work for her.