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04-04-2008, 04:37 AM
New Dell Vostro arrived yesterday. Dual core etc. Runs pretty fast so far.

One question for the techie buffs.

I have a 250gig drive from the old computer I want to install. Initially to remove the data then later to replace with a 1 TB drive. When I went to do that last night the pin configuration on the old drive does not match either the power or data cables for drives in the new computer.
The old computer had the older flat gray cable, this one has the new thin ATA Serial cable.

Is there any way to adapt the old to the new, even temporarily?

04-04-2008, 04:50 AM
There are adapters out there. I think your best bet at this point is to buy a IDE USB drive enclosure. You can stick your 250gb drive in there and then hook it up to you computer via USB cable. These enclosures are pretty handy. Great for moving files to another computer or an external backup.

04-04-2008, 04:59 AM
Second paulyjsob. Also, make sure there isn't an IDE port in the new PC. A lot of new PCs come with ATA Hard Drives but use IDE CD-ROMs. If this is the case you can use that IDE port for your old hard drive.

04-04-2008, 06:05 AM
leetke, there is an older IDE port but it is the smaller IDE footprint (seems there are two sizes of gray cable), and the older HD takes the larger IDE cable. Plus the power connection on the HD is two rows of pins whereas the newer power connectors are a smaller single row.

I like the enclosure idea, I even went to Comp USA last night looking for a solution and didn't even think of those - they are relatively inexpensive too. I have two HDs from the old computer, OS and other software was on one and I kept the data on the other, and it's only the data I want - but it would be handy to be able to use both older drives.

I also have a 500Gig external drive. So with the two old HDs in an enclosure I would currently have 2TB of HD with a slot for another TB open in the box.

Thanks for the idea.

04-04-2008, 06:10 AM
You've got SATA drives in your Dell. You probably have an Intel software RAID controller as well. This gives you a lot of options.

I would do like the others and buy a external USB controller (you should do this anyway) even though this is not your only option. Then copy the data from old drive to new computer. Then clear everything off old drive or buy another higher capacity drive like a 1 TB drive and copy all critical data from new computer to whatever drive is in your external enclosure. Now disconnect this external enclosure from your computer by simply yanking out the USB cable and put it in your fire proof safe at home or safety deposit box at the bank. Of course you could do this with a thumb drive as well.

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