Combining 2 Comps. Hardware

Dell Dimension® 4300 series, pentium®...
September 13, 2009 at 15:05:00
Specs: Windows XP, Pent 4 1.5ghz 512 ram 40gb HD
Trying to use a 80gb hard drive from another computer and slave it to my dell's 40gb hd. The dell has two 256 ram stix and the other comp has two 512 ram stix and its using a Pent 4 2.0 ghz processor. Can I swith the memory stix out on them and can i slave the 80gb hd into the dell comp? I'm sure this is a no brainer for the bulk of you out there! If you need anymore info to help me out please ask. Thanks you all!

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#1
September 13, 2009 at 15:11:08
Not without knowing the type of RAM and the specs on the machines. Ram is not Ram. It depends what Ram the mobo's support. Post back with the specs of each machine if you can. You can slave the drive to format it or retrieve files, but it depends what's on the drive now. Is it the same connection, IDE or SATA?

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#2
September 13, 2009 at 15:32:59
Because of the capacities of both mentioned drives I would guess they are both IDE type interface. If you have a drive bay and you can connect the drive to an IDE drive controller then you shouldn't have any problem connecting the drive.

You will need to pay attention to the positions of jumpers on the back of the drives. When two drives share the same cable and controller one must be designated as the Master and the other the slave.

When positioning the jumper to the Master position you can connect that drive to either connector on the IDE cable. When using the CS (cable select) selestion the drive on the end of the cable will be the Master.

When using CS, BOTH drives on the same cable must have that jumper setting.

As was stated above the RAM must be compatible with the motherboard. Look at the link below for some help with RAM types.

http://www.oempcworld.com/support/I...


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#3
September 13, 2009 at 15:34:55
The Dell is a Dimension 4300 40 GB HD Pent 4 1.6ghz 256k cache 512MB SDR Intel 845 chip set. The Other comp is a Systemax Venture Model 80 gb Pent 4 2.0 ghz 512 cache 256 MB SDR and a Biostar P4M266 SDR/DDR Mobo. Not the tech guy at all so if you can help or I need anymore info...please let me know. If I can't really slave the hard drive can i at least up the memory stix in the dell to 512's? Thanx again!

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#4
September 13, 2009 at 15:49:03
You can use the HDD out of the systemax like othehill said. The dell is maxed out at 512 megs of memory. Looks like it's time for a newer machine.

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#5
September 13, 2009 at 15:59:04
Thanks all! So to understand correctly, I can't upgrade the 512 mem but can use the 80 gb hard drive no problem? I also have a Radeon 9550 video card from the parted computer but I think it will only run with DDR and not SDR am I right? You guys have been a tremendous help. Quick thought, should I go the other way around and try to better the Systemax rather than the dell comp considering there specs?

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#6
September 13, 2009 at 16:35:40
The systemax will take up to 2 gigs of ram, so that might be the way to go. The vid card, if it's an agp card can be used on either machine. Ram type doesn't matter, the card has it's own ram and doesn't use the computers ram. When you have the Systemax comp setup, go to www.crucial.com and run the online scanner. It will tell you what ram and how much you can use. Good Luck.

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