Dell Dimension 9100 Hard drive upgrade

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Dell Dimension 9100 Hard drive upgrade

  • Hello, I have a Dell Dimension 9100 with a standard 160 GB hard drive. I wish to upgrade my hard drive because I am quickly running out of space. I have 512 MB of ram on my computer. It is an Intel Pentium 4 processor at 3 GHZ. What kind of hard drive format should I buy? Is there a limit on the size I may get? What is the best company to buy from? Thank you very much and have a good day.
  • mathslope

    Any 3.5" SATA 7200rpm hard drive and there is no limit for the Dimension 9100

    Check out www.newegg.com for the drive, they have both good prices and service.

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  • I might add that 512 MB is a bit low for memory, particularly on a 9100, which is a reasonably fast computer otherwise.  Adding a pair of 512 MB modules is only about $28 from crucial.  See this:
     
     
     
  • Thank you to all, I will let you know how it goes. but how do I transfer all of my old files to my new hard drive being that I only have one desktop computer? Thanks.
  • mathslope

    After you have installed the new hard drive, XP and the drive is working to your satisfaction, you could install the 'old' hard drive as the secondary and transfer the files to the new C:/ drive.

    A second SATA data cable will be required for this, there should be a spare SATA power connector inside the case.

    After transfering the files, you could use disk management to partition and format the old hard drive to use as additional storage, if you so wish.

    You could also, use a powered USB 2.0 SATA external enclosure, similar to this.

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  • You should "clone" the existing hard drive to the new one. To do this, you will need some software, such as Acronis True Image, to do the cloning. You install the new drive with an additional SATA cable, do the cloning and then switch the SATA cables so the new drive is the boot drive, There are freeware programs out there that will do the cloning, but I have no experience with them, just Acronis.
     
    Cloning copies your current drive exactly, so that everything will work as before. If you clean install XP on the new drive, you will need to re-install all your applications. You will also need copy all your data to the new drive. You can not just copy programs from the old to the new disk, they need to be installed. Cloning is much easier and trouble free.
     
    For best perfromance with the D9100, make sure the new drive is SATA II (faster data transfer) and has a 16 MB on-board cache. Seagate and Western Digital are good drives.
     
    Dimension 9100, Dual-Boot Win XP / Vista Home Premium, 3.0 GHz P4, 3 GB DDR2 533 MHz RAM, 160 GB SATA II Samsung (XP), 300 GB SATA II Seagate (Vista), 250 GB SimpleTech USB (WD Drive), Nvidia Go 6800 (425/825 MHz - XP, 400/800 MHz - Vista, Vista Driver - 163.75), Dell 1901 UltraSharp FP

    Inspiron E1705, Win Vista Premium, T7200 Core 2 Duo (4MB, 2.0 GHz 667MHz), 2 GB DDR2 677 MHz RAM, 120 GB Samsung HD, Nvidia Go 7900 GS - 156.69 Driver, 17” Sharp UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-Screen WUXGA

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 32 bit

  • I am looking also to install more RAM since I only have 512 mb with a 3 Ghz intel Pentium 4 processor. How can i tell what kind of bit version or XP do I have, like 32 bit or 64 bit? what does that mean? what is it used for? would uprgrading memory make my machine run faster. i run a lot of dvd files and I convert avi files into DVD files. Thank you.
  • Yes, you should upgrade to 2  or GB RAM; it's real cheap now and will help improve overall performance. You most likely have 32 bit Windows XP. Richt click on the COMPUTER icon and select PROPERTIES to see what you have.
     
     
    Dimension 9100, Dual-Boot Win XP / Vista Home Premium, 3.0 GHz P4, 3 GB DDR2 533 MHz RAM, 160 GB SATA II Samsung (XP), 300 GB SATA II Seagate (Vista), 250 GB SimpleTech USB (WD Drive), Nvidia Go 6800 (425/825 MHz - XP, 400/800 MHz - Vista, Vista Driver - 163.75), Dell 1901 UltraSharp FP

    Inspiron E1705, Win Vista Premium, T7200 Core 2 Duo (4MB, 2.0 GHz 667MHz), 2 GB DDR2 677 MHz RAM, 120 GB Samsung HD, Nvidia Go 7900 GS - 156.69 Driver, 17” Sharp UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-Screen WUXGA

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 32 bit

  • Is it possible to have three SATA hard drives in the 9100 with out to much customizing
    I have the standard 2x 80GB SATA II in my system now and want to a add a 500GB SATA III

    I see the 4 SATA connectors but only 2 SATA power connectors.

    I know I could just take out one of the Hard drives but I have XP on one and Vista on the other so I as trying to avoid reinstalling XP I was hoping to just add the third hard drive

    Any thoughts would be helpful

     

    Thanks!

  • There isn't a dedicated slot for a third drive, but if you got a third plastic drive holder, you could probably just lay the drive on top of the other two. Do you have two optical drives

    For power you will need to get a splitter to provide one more socket. Also, my 9100 has two SAT drive power plugs and two older hard drive plugs. You could  use one if one of your drives can use the older plug.

    Dimension 9100, Dual-Boot Win XP / Vista Home Premium, 3.0 GHz P4, 3 GB DDR2 533 MHz RAM, 160 GB SATA II Samsung (XP), 300 GB SATA II Seagate (Vista), 250 GB SimpleTech USB (WD Drive), Nvidia Go 6800 (425/825 MHz - XP, 400/800 MHz - Vista, Vista Driver - 169.25), Dell 1901 UltraSharp FP

    Inspiron E1705, Win Vista Premium, T7200 Core 2 Duo (4MB, 2.0 GHz 667MHz), 2 GB DDR2 677 MHz RAM, 120 GB Samsung HD, Nvidia Go 7900 GS - 156.69 Driver, 17” Sharp UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-Screen WUXGA

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 32 bit

  • Yea I was planning on just setting the new drive on top of the other two
    I have a few of those old peripherals power plugs in there
    so I should just be able to get an adaptor for that.
    does it matter which one of the two remaining SATA slots I use?

     

    Thanks for your help

  • I would use them in order - socket 2 for the third drive.

    Dimension 9100, Dual-Boot Win XP / Vista Home Premium, 3.0 GHz P4, 3 GB DDR2 533 MHz RAM, 160 GB SATA II Samsung (XP), 300 GB SATA II Seagate (Vista), 250 GB SimpleTech USB (WD Drive), Nvidia Go 6800 (425/825 MHz - XP, 400/800 MHz - Vista, Vista Driver - 169.25), Dell 1901 UltraSharp FP

    Inspiron E1705, Win Vista Premium, T7200 Core 2 Duo (4MB, 2.0 GHz 667MHz), 2 GB DDR2 677 MHz RAM, 120 GB Samsung HD, Nvidia Go 7900 GS - 156.69 Driver, 17” Sharp UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-Screen WUXGA

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 32 bit

  • Ok, I added the third hard drive to the computer but the computer will not recognize its almost like the 3rd and 4th SATA sockets are not working. I know the hard drive has power because it gets warm and I can hear it running.
    Are there any updates or drivers that I should install?
  • You need to turn it on in the BIOS and format it in Disk Management.

    Dimension 9100, Dual-Boot Win XP / Vista Home Premium, 3.0 GHz P4, 3 GB DDR2 533 MHz RAM, 160 GB SATA II Samsung (XP), 300 GB SATA II Seagate (Vista), 250 GB SimpleTech USB (WD Drive), Nvidia Go 6800 (425/825 MHz - XP, 400/800 MHz - Vista, Vista Driver - 169.25), Dell 1901 UltraSharp FP

    Inspiron E1705, Win Vista Premium, T7200 Core 2 Duo (4MB, 2.0 GHz 667MHz), 2 GB DDR2 677 MHz RAM, 120 GB Samsung HD, Nvidia Go 7900 GS - 156.69 Driver, 17” Sharp UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-Screen WUXGA

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 32 bit