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Maxtor Internal Hard Drive is it compatable with a Dell E521 dIMENSION ?

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March 10, 2009 2:19:31 AM

CAN I PUT A 300GB MAXTOR IDE INTERNAL HARD DRIVE INTO A DELL E521 DIMENSION AS THE SECONDARY HARD DRIVE. THERE IS AN OPEN BAY FOR AN ADDITIONAL HARD DRIVE.
a b G Storage
March 10, 2009 5:03:38 AM

I don't see where that dell has a slave drive controller. The bios may not allow it. Boot into the bios and see if you can enable a slave HD. If you can, you can add a 2nd HD, if not, then you can't.
March 10, 2009 6:30:01 AM

Thanks aford10 for a quick response have a good deal for the maxtor ide internal hd 300gb. will let you know how things turn out.
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March 10, 2009 7:35:22 PM

You can put two IDE drives (master & slave) on one controller. You just need to have a 3 connection (2 drives, 1 MB) IDE cable and jumper the drives (one as master, other as slave). Also make sure the IDE Secondary/Slave isn't disabled in the BIOS, best set to AUTO.
a b G Storage
March 10, 2009 7:40:54 PM

I'm talkign about the ide controller in the bios, not the ide cable.

Yes a cable can have 2 devices on it, and maybe even the jumpers set right. But if the bios doesn't have a IDE slave drive controller (which is common in budget dell pc's), then it won't recognize the slave drive.
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