Dimension 3100 -- can I install IDE hard drive as second drive?

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Dimension 3100 -- can I install IDE hard drive as second drive?

  • Just got a Dimension 3100 with SATA H/D as drive one.  Can I install the IDE drive from my old computer as a second hard drive,  using the 2nd connector on the IDE cable presently servicing the DVD/Rom drive?
     
    If so, do I jumper the IDE drive as "slave" or "cable select".  I'm not sure if the existing cable is long enough to reach the spare H/D bay, but I could always install the old drive in an optical bay with a 3.5 to 5.5 inch adapter bracket, I suppose.
     
    Anything I have to do in the BIOS to get it to recognize the new drive, once installed?
     
    Thanks.


  • Chromis wrote:
    Just got a Dimension 3100 with SATA H/D as drive one.  Can I install the IDE drive from my old computer as a second hard drive,  using the 2nd connector on the IDE cable presently servicing the DVD/Rom drive?
     
    If so, do I jumper the IDE drive as "slave" or "cable select".  I'm not sure if the existing cable is long enough to reach the spare H/D bay, but I could always install the old drive in an optical bay with a 3.5 to 5.5 inch adapter bracket, I suppose.
     
    Anything I have to do in the BIOS to get it to recognize the new drive, once installed?
     
    Thanks.
     
    In the future, by using the Advanced Forum Search on the bottom of this page, you can quite easily find the answer to this often asked question, answered hundreds of times.
     
    Yes, Cable Select, set to Auto.

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