The 5150/E510 has room for two 5 1/4" drives at the top of the cabinet.
Normally these are optical drives and they use the 40-pin IDE interface.
If you wanted, you could buy a set of 3 1/2 to 5 1/4 drive rail adapters and
mount your 500gig at the top of the case using the second IDE connector.
Putting optical and HD's on the same IDE channel is not usually reccomended
because it's possible would not get the full performance of the HD. That is
why the earlier reccomendadtion against useing it as your boot drive.
However, it could still be installed in the new system and just used for
bulk storage of data files as long as performance is not critical when
accessing that drive.
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I don't know if this is possible, but I have a Dell Dimensions 5150 and
would like to install a hard drive from an old computer as the main
hard drive. The hard drive in the computer seems to have a different
type of connection than I've seen before and nothing I can do nothing
to make it boot from the older hard drive.
Is it possible to install a hard drive with the tradional connections
into Dell Dimension computers.
Thanks for your help
You don't want to do that. The new machine uses SATA hard drives, which are
higher in performance than the older PATA drive you are trying to install.
Install it temporarily by plugging it in where your CD/DVD drive is and then
clone it over to a SATA drive.
I'm not familiar with PATA or SATA and right now have an older P4
which uses the IDE interface. Tom, does the IDE interface have any
relationship to the PATA or SATA? Inotherwords, is IDE synonymous
Yes, PATA (Parallel ATA) is used to refer to the older IDE interface you're
familier with. SATA (Serial ATA) refers to the newer interface newer system
the older IDE (PATA) drives use a 40pin connector, and the newer SATA drives
use a completely different and smaller data cable. They are not
Thank you for the info. I just got a 500gb ide drive so I better keep
my old pc when I upgrade <grin>.