I just bought a new Dell OPtiplex 745 (XP Pro
w/a duo core 3.4ghz, 180gb harddrive)
I am shocked that the pdf specs sheet says that
I cannot add a second hard drive to this machine.
(as this was never aproblem in the past I did not even think to check it)
I would have no problem removing the A drive (why is that even in there)
but I see the connectors are now different
Can I buy a different cable to support this?
I really need to add a second harddrive
and there is plenty of room in there.
Under the specs of the small form factor desktop, it says the system has 2 SATA ports; one for 1 harddrive and another for the CD-ROM (DVD, or whatever).There are no ATA ports.So if you can live without the optical drive, you could try to put a harddrive in the floppy drive bay and then disconnect the optical drive to put that SATA cable in the 2nd harddrive. You may still need a converter for power, unless the optical drive has a regular SATA power cable and can reach the floppy bay.Otherwise I'd suggest to buy a USB enclosure and put your 2nd drive in there, or just replace the factory drive with a single larger drive.If you have to have 2 harddrives and an optical drive, return the system and buy a tower version of the 745.
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Thank you for your reply - I have the 'desktop' version. (I call it small desktop bc most people take desktop to mean tower or mini-tower)
I need the dvd driuve but not the A drive, does it make any difference because of the pc case?
The desktop also seems to have just 2 SATA ports (see specs here).Only the tower model has 4 SATA ports (and room for 2 harddrives, 2 optical drives and a floppy drive).Manufacturers design computers based on what the majority of users would want from the computer. Those customers needing a small case will generally not need 2 harddrives, so why implement extra SATA ports when you can save a bit on that if probably 99% of the users will never even use it?
Edit: here are the tower specs
Thank You, yes makes sense.
SO I guess I will got for the former suggesiton of using my new 250 gb harddrive. The quesiton is, This drive had only been a 'slave' or secondary drive prior. I know I would need to switch the little selector/connector to primary drive but how do I get it with the same version of windows XP Pro. I do have the dell disk that came with the pc, I am just worried about how to get it to the boot-up menu with the new drive in there.. and btw. thanks for All your help! awesome.
Why not do what I did?
I set up a Dell 745 for a friend and found I could not easily add their old IDE drive (40Gb) as a slave.
So I used a USB external drive and Macrium Reflect (free) imaging software to take an image of the old drive.
I then re-partitioned the new drive (300GB) so it had a second logical drive(40GB) that I could put the image on using Macrium Reflect.
I used Partition Magic on the new drive but there are plenty of free utilities that will do it...even GParted on a Linux Live Boot distro CD.
Just use the external USB drive as the source and restore the image to the new partition.
Now the old drive is sitting on the new physical drive and I can access all the files there easily.
It takes a little time but it is easy.