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Anonymous
June 8, 2005 3:15:31 PM

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Have an Optiplex GX270 with a 120 gig Seagate Barracuda EIDE ATA 100
drive and want to add a 160 gig SB EIDE ATA 100. Looked inside the
system and the current Seagate has an extra blue wire connected from
the end of the drive to the mother board with slip on edge connectors -
there are 2 wires in the it and they look like power wires or lamp
cord.

None of the Seagate drives I see listed on any site has this blue wire.
Called Dell parts # and tried to find out what drive would work - well
the person told me that a drive that was compatible for my PC was $115
and a Seagate and 160 gig but would not tell me which Seagate - their
web site lists a Seagate 160 gig at $82.41 + $8 for shipping.

Think they have 2 prices - one on line and one for their telephone
parts sales. The person - an Indian I think - had no information about
the blue wire connection - did not have a clue.

Anybody know what the blue line is all about.

Dell's on line price with shipping appears to be less than newegg - of
course they won't tell you what shipping and handling is till after
they have your credit card # - have a suspicion they will "Dell" me
again so it is newegg.

thanks

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Anonymous
June 8, 2005 5:52:17 PM

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Thanks much - so I assume the SATA cable is not included with a SATA
drive. So I go looking for a SATA cable. Will also look for larger
capacity drives.

Thanks again.
Anonymous
June 8, 2005 7:29:52 PM

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it seems to me like you have a SATA drive, serial ATA.
the skinny blue wire you describe is the sata cable to the motherboard.
if in doubt pull the hard drive from your computer and get the part
number off it.
and search the web for that part.
get another just like it.
the 160gb drives are no longer cost effective, when 200 and 300 are at
cheaper price points.
the gx270 will take both regular ata and serial ata.


butch burton wrote:
> Have an Optiplex GX270 with a 120 gig Seagate Barracuda EIDE ATA 100
> drive and want to add a 160 gig SB EIDE ATA 100. Looked inside the
> system and the current Seagate has an extra blue wire connected from
> the end of the drive to the mother board with slip on edge connectors -
> there are 2 wires in the it and they look like power wires or lamp
> cord.
>
> None of the Seagate drives I see listed on any site has this blue wire.
> Called Dell parts # and tried to find out what drive would work - well
> the person told me that a drive that was compatible for my PC was $115
> and a Seagate and 160 gig but would not tell me which Seagate - their
> web site lists a Seagate 160 gig at $82.41 + $8 for shipping.
>
> Think they have 2 prices - one on line and one for their telephone
> parts sales. The person - an Indian I think - had no information about
> the blue wire connection - did not have a clue.
>
> Anybody know what the blue line is all about.
>
> Dell's on line price with shipping appears to be less than newegg - of
> course they won't tell you what shipping and handling is till after
> they have your credit card # - have a suspicion they will "Dell" me
> again so it is newegg.
>
> thanks
>
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June 8, 2005 9:55:59 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Sounds like you have a SATA drive and not an IDE. Any brand of SATA drive
will work on your system. The new drive should come with a SATA cable (the
blue one you described) and will connect to your motherboard beside the
original cable. The new drive may allow two types of power connection, use
one or the other, not both. Before you order, confirm that the original
drive is indeed a SATA. You don't need to order from Dell.

Good luck,

Woody

"butch burton" <spacetrax@wi.rr.com> wrote in message
news:1118254531.582648.208530@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> Have an Optiplex GX270 with a 120 gig Seagate Barracuda EIDE ATA 100
> drive and want to add a 160 gig SB EIDE ATA 100. Looked inside the
> system and the current Seagate has an extra blue wire connected from
> the end of the drive to the mother board with slip on edge connectors -
> there are 2 wires in the it and they look like power wires or lamp
> cord.
>
> None of the Seagate drives I see listed on any site has this blue wire.
> Called Dell parts # and tried to find out what drive would work - well
> the person told me that a drive that was compatible for my PC was $115
> and a Seagate and 160 gig but would not tell me which Seagate - their
> web site lists a Seagate 160 gig at $82.41 + $8 for shipping.
>
> Think they have 2 prices - one on line and one for their telephone
> parts sales. The person - an Indian I think - had no information about
> the blue wire connection - did not have a clue.
>
> Anybody know what the blue line is all about.
>
> Dell's on line price with shipping appears to be less than newegg - of
> course they won't tell you what shipping and handling is till after
> they have your credit card # - have a suspicion they will "Dell" me
> again so it is newegg.
>
> thanks
>
June 8, 2005 10:01:40 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Also, have a look here for the specs of your system:

http://tinyurl.com/6jsm8




"Jay B" <jayb@audiman.net> wrote in message
news:MIHpe.13631$So7.9329@fe10.lga...
> it seems to me like you have a SATA drive, serial ATA.
> the skinny blue wire you describe is the sata cable to the motherboard.
> if in doubt pull the hard drive from your computer and get the part number
> off it.
> and search the web for that part.
> get another just like it.
> the 160gb drives are no longer cost effective, when 200 and 300 are at
> cheaper price points.
> the gx270 will take both regular ata and serial ata.
>
>
> butch burton wrote:
>> Have an Optiplex GX270 with a 120 gig Seagate Barracuda EIDE ATA 100
>> drive and want to add a 160 gig SB EIDE ATA 100. Looked inside the
>> system and the current Seagate has an extra blue wire connected from
>> the end of the drive to the mother board with slip on edge connectors -
>> there are 2 wires in the it and they look like power wires or lamp
>> cord.
>>
>> None of the Seagate drives I see listed on any site has this blue wire.
>> Called Dell parts # and tried to find out what drive would work - well
>> the person told me that a drive that was compatible for my PC was $115
>> and a Seagate and 160 gig but would not tell me which Seagate - their
>> web site lists a Seagate 160 gig at $82.41 + $8 for shipping.
>>
>> Think they have 2 prices - one on line and one for their telephone
>> parts sales. The person - an Indian I think - had no information about
>> the blue wire connection - did not have a clue.
>>
>> Anybody know what the blue line is all about.
>>
>> Dell's on line price with shipping appears to be less than newegg - of
>> course they won't tell you what shipping and handling is till after
>> they have your credit card # - have a suspicion they will "Dell" me
>> again so it is newegg.
>>
>> thanks
>>
Anonymous
June 15, 2005 1:48:50 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

On 8 Jun 2005 13:52:17 -0700, "butch burton" <spacetrax@wi.rr.com>
wrote:

>Thanks much - so I assume the SATA cable is not included with a SATA
>drive. So I go looking for a SATA cable. Will also look for larger
>capacity drives.
>
>Thanks again.

Yes, and for many you also need a power adapter. Neither are
expensive if ordered with a drive (to save shipping).
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