Dim4700, second hard disk - not SATA, but IDE.

Discussion in 'Dell' started by S.Lewis, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. S.Lewis

    S.Lewis Guest

    Anyone had to add an older IDE hard disk to a Dim4700 (with only 1 optical
    drive installed and no future plans for a second)?

    Just grab some hardware 3.5" to 5.25" metal adapters and mount it in the
    optical bay?

    That's my plan - just wondered if anyone else had done this yet. (or on a
    Dim8400, for that matter )


    S.Lewis, Jan 25, 2005
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  2. S.Lewis

    S.Lewis Guest

    For example:


    S.Lewis, Jan 25, 2005
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  3. The IDE ribbon cable on the second controller is ata33 - so it might be
    worthwhile investing in a newer IDE cable to ramp up the speed.

    I found that RedHat9 Linux had trouble supporting DMA mode to the disk
    on the second controller. Upgrading to 2.4.29 kernel and switching the
    bios into normal mode allows everything to run at full speed. Windows
    might experience a similar problem of recognizing the controller properly
    (or recognizing it enough to run full speed).

    Good luck!


    Mark Hittinger
    Mark Hittinger, Jan 25, 2005
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