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compatible 2nd hard drive for 2002 Dell Dimension 4550 series

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April 12, 2014 8:14:45 PM

I have Dell Dimension 4550 series, bought in 2002, Intel pentium 4 processor At 2.0Ghz 80GB ultra ATA/100 hard drive(7200) RPM, that i want to upgrade to windows 7 (have Windows XP Service pack 3). i will need a second hard drive and whatever else for upgrade to Windows 7. Cannot afford a new one, will I need to rebuild it? What will i need to rebuild it for around $ 250-$275? Thanks!

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April 12, 2014 11:16:46 PM

Since you don't seem to be too demanding, I'd recommend eBaying up a dell d830 (built like a tank) for around $150-$175. You can then swap or add* any SATA 2.5" you want, Seagate Momentus hybrid is my recommendation. With a bios flash you can run 64 bit, I recommend bios ver A15, I had problems with A16.

* you need to buy a drive bay adapter to add a second HD.

PS, it's a laptop but you can connect your peripherals and monitor if you want.
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April 13, 2014 6:37:12 PM

Torpid_X said:
Since you don't seem to be too demanding, I'd recommend eBaying up a dell d830 (built like a tank) for around $150-$175. You can then swap or add* any SATA 2.5" you want, Seagate Momentus hybrid is my recommendation. With a bios flash you can run 64 bit, I recommend bios ver A15, I had problems with A16.

* you need to buy a drive bay adapter to add a second HD.

PS, it's a laptop but you can connect your peripherals and monitor if you want.


Thanks so much for the advice! I had not thought of ebay at all! Will certainly look into this!
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April 13, 2014 6:38:37 PM

thanks so much for the advice! I had not thought of ebay at all! Will certainly look into this!
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April 14, 2014 4:55:47 AM

No problem,

Just to clarify, the bios flash would be for the laptop, not the drive.
IMO the d830 is the best price-performance value in a used laptop for the average user. But keep your eye out for nVidia graphics and a WUXG screen for best value. If you buy one without a drive and drive caddy, drive caddy is just the plastic cover for the drive, you can get that for a few bucks on eBay too. Power adapters are cheap as well.
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