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Older hard drive in old computer

I thought I had previously posted and got responses to this problem.

I have a Dell Dimension 5150 (now obsolete) which I am attempting to refurbish for as little $$ as posssible, mostly as a learning experience. :bounce:

I have an even older Dell XPS R450 from which I am extractring parts for the afore mentioned CPU, as an even greater learning experience. :cry:

I wish to install the XPS IDE hard drive as a "slave" drive inline with the optical drive already present in the 5150 CPU.
The physical arrangement is "loose" to say the least. As mentioned previously in my "phantom" post, there is no way to securly mount the slave in the 5150 CPU. The connections for the data/power cables are present. It was mentioned that some twist-ties might be required. I do not see any way to accomplish this, as there are no pertinent holes available in the HD or CPU casing.
The IDE HD body has a side which is flat metal, and the other looks very sensitive and damageable. Can I use a velcro attachment to secure the IDE HD to the 5150 case? This assumes that the Dell power/data cable alignment will allow me to decide which is up/down.
This is not a portable device, nevertheless I would prefer not to have drive "floating" around in this CPU.

Assuming that I accomplish this physical arrangement, any recommendations on the setup in BIOS?

I now consider myself an "intermediate" in computer expertise, and have much to learn.

All suggestions would be appreciated.
Grats, eh.
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  1. It's possible your thread got moved by a moderator, did you check out other forum sections? (if you remember the name of it you could do a search)

    might be able to find it in your web history lols
  2. Best answer
    exactly as rgd1101 said
    and if you need additional blue hard drive caddies
    $5
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Hard-Drive-Caddy-Optiplex-Dimension-Precision-/330607699615?pt=US_Drive_Bay_Caddies&hash=item4cf9c1269f

    edit
    I would like to add that if you have both the 3.5" hard drive bays occupied you can always get a 3.5" to 5.25" mount/bracket and put your hard drive in a bay underneath your cd/dvd drive/burner
    $4
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rosewill-RDRD-11006-3-5-HDD-Mounting-Kit-for-5-25-Drive-Bay-/120966167624?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2a253c48
  3. As I said, I am dealing with an IDE Hard Drive, not a sata hard drive. The latter installation would be simple, if I had one.
    I am attempting to install an IDE Hard Drive in my Dell Dimension 5150 cpu, and am seeking the correct drive cage to secue this drive the cpu.
  4. This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.
  5. Any further input on placing my IDE HARD DRIVE in my dimension 5150 cage?
    I expect a 3.5" to 5 1/4" adapter kit is required, but will it suit my requirements?
  6. if you have an empty 5.25" drive bay and an available IDE port then go for it. Here is a set of 3.5" to 5.25" rails http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997040&name=HDD-Accessories
  7. Best answer selected by padyboy.
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