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Message Edited by jeepgirl4x4 on 04-13-200602:28 AM
Where did you buy a mount that allows you to add a second hard drive? I was gonna add one to my daughter's 2400 this afternoon and found that there is only a single drive mount. I'd like to either get an add-on or a two-drive mount, whichever is available.
Thanks in advance,
This post is rather dated, but the brackets are still available for some older Dimension models:
I realize this original post is outdated, but I found it on goole and if someone else tracks back here, I wanted to give them an update on what I found.
You can add another drive to the ATA controller used by the Optical drive loop-
Dell 2400 comes with one HD drive bay, and two 5.25" optical/HD bays. My system had a DVD R/W, A CD R/W and the original 40GB EIDE/PATA drive mounted in the lower front vertically behind the front badge panel.
I had an old P/ATA IDE Barracuda 7200 250GB laying around, and decided to create a Media Center as a test to run with XBOX360 Zune software. We have 5 xbox's in the house and can now watch movies, listen to audio, and look at pictures with the Zune D/L from Xbox using a PC as a Zune media center. It wasn't long before I decided we needed something stand alone rather than utilizing one of the networked PC's actively used.
The 2400 seemed perfect for the job, so I stripped down the existing HD to bare files necessary, and began to add the 250GB (a precursor to adding an additional SATA dual 1 TB drive cluster...to do this you will need an additional SATA controller card (newer disk technology), SATA cables and a way to mount the drives in the case...see other post on brackets...they still sell a one bay add on for $19.99 as of 2/27/10).
In response to the jeepgirl4x4 post about getting Drive 0 not found. I had the same issue. I originally connected the second drive with an new two drive cable and replaced the OEM single drive cable, and booted to the "Drive 0 not found" message. Seems Dell ships the system with a one HD cable for the hard drive, as opposed to one with two connectors. The issue is if you look closely, you will see it's an ULTRA IDE cable, not a standard 20 pin cable.
I put the OEM cable back, and it booted fine again. I then replaced the 2nd CD R/W with the second new 250GB drive (master/slave pin set to slave), and the system booted, and windows located the drive immediately and it ran chk dsk automatically. I had read somewhere that you could not pair a hard drive with the optical drive cable, but this is not the case, as my system has recognized the drive as drive "E:".
Things I am not sure of as of this writing:
-If a two drive ultra ide ribbon cable will work with the single onboard IDE controller slot to utilize two drives on the same cable (did Dell ship a single connector ultra IDE cable to save money since there is no bay for a second drive anyway?)
-I have not installed a dual connector SATA controller card and 2 x 1TB drives - I am ready to purchase only $85 each and $12 for the controller!) since I am testing the current configuration with several different platforms such as Zune, WMP11, TVersity and also making sure the system performs well as a stand alone media center parked next to my router in the utility closet.
If there are others out there with an old 2400, think about this configuration before you take it to the dump...it's a pretty quick system to use as a raid storage or media center, and if you own xbox's, you can use your televisions/receivers as audio/video players from a central source. Zune software is free to D/L on the xbox360 website. Check to make sure you are running XP SP3 first.