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    I don't know much about hardware so I'm seeking a bit of help from those who do. I'm looking add a 500GB hard drive to an Dell XPS700.

    The current drive I use is a WDC WD3200KS-75PFB0 (298 GB, IDE)

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    CPU Type Mobile DualCore Intel Merom, 2133 MHz (8 x 267)
    Motherboard Name Dell DXG061
    Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 Intel Edition

    The new drive will be used for extra file sharing space. Movies, music, etc. so 7200 RPM should be plenty.

    Ideas?



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    Vantec PCMCIA eSATA card.

    Vantec NexStart enclosure.

    Seagate 500GB Barracuda.

    For $200 you get a fast, quiet and reliable external setup.
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    I really don't have the ideal space for an external and I don't want it sitting on the carpet obviously.

    With no real advantages, I can hardly see the point in spending the extra money.



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    This is a laptop, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Vantec PCMCIA eSATA card.

    Vantec NexStart enclosure.

    Seagate 500GB Barracuda.

    For $200 you get a fast, quiet and reliable external setup.
    I'm curious as to why you didn't recommend this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148288

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    i prefer western digital for my hdd's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skizo View Post
    No.
    Then why the mobile chip?
    Also, all the Dell's I've opened recently use SATA drives, yet you say IDE.
    The pictured PC most certainly is set up for SATA so the drive I mentioned would still work you just don't need the card and enclosure.
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    Mobile chip? I dunno... you're asking the wrong guy.

    Here's an Everest specs list. Perhaps that will help...

    Edit: Removed your attachment
    It had information that you wouldn't want spread around, such as your email address.
    Last edited by lynx; 12-14-2007 at 09:06 AM.



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    Everest often gets this sort of thing wrong, because the SATA chip behaves as if it was an IDE chip.

    Before anyone suggests using SIW, it often does the same too.

    The only way to be sure is to look at the model number of existing drives, then check what sort they are. Or take the cover off and have a look.
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