Solved will my dell dimension 4700 hard drive work w

June 2, 2011 at 07:59:55
Specs: Windows XP
I know of a dimension 2300 and works fine, but the dimension 4700 has some motherboard problems would I be able to use the 4700 hard drive and just put it in the 2300. Would that work?

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#1
June 2, 2011 at 13:24:54
You didn't post any info about the capacity or type of hard drive (IDE or SATA) . It may work, but you will most likely have to reinstall Windows.

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#2
June 2, 2011 at 13:37:13
They're both Windows XP machines, SATA HD, 512 RAM. The problem is I don't have the recovery disk for the Dell's anymore so I was just wondering beings it's pretty much the same machine I'd be ok? Hopefully that helps. Thanks for your reply.

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#3
June 2, 2011 at 15:35:38
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"They're both Windows XP machines"

XP is designed NOT to be transferred from one machine to another. Unless the hardware, especially the motherboard/chipset, is virtually identical, Windows will detect the difference, display a blue screen & that's as far as you'll get. Here are the specs to both systems:

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

Notice that the 2300 is based on the Intel 845GL chipset, supports only 400MHz FSB, uses outdated PC133 RAM (max of 1GB), has only PCI slots & most importantly, does NOT support SATA.

The 4700 is obviously much newer. It's based on the Intel 915G chipset, supports up to 800MHz FSB, uses DDR2 RAM (max of 4GB), has a PCI-e x16 slot for graphics, & does support SATA.

What you have in mind won't work, & even if it did, it would be a substantial downgrade. How about telling us what is wrong with the 4700 & how you came to the conclusion that the board is the problem?


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#4
June 2, 2011 at 16:24:07
Well when I turn on the power it doesn't always load the hard drive, but I know it's not the hard drive because after about 5 power cycles eventually it might get to the desktop screen. I know it's not the RAM I have 2 gig. It just doesn't always boot up the operating system, but does power on so only thing I can think of is motherboard. Thoughts?

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#5
June 2, 2011 at 18:55:40
I would suspect the power supply first. Then unplug the machine and take a look at the caps....capacitors.....are the tops swelling.

Still sounds like the power supply though


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#6
June 2, 2011 at 19:11:42
Ok...I'll take a look at the power supply and give that a try. I'll let you know. Thank you.

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#7
June 2, 2011 at 21:50:17
I suspect the power supply as well. Checking voltage readings would only tell part of the story. Amperage is equally important, if not moreso, but load testing equipment costs 1000's of dollars. The only thing you can do is try a known-good power supply.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#8
June 3, 2011 at 04:26:00
I guess I never thought of a power supply because I just figured the only way it would be the power supply is if the computer didn't turn on period...I'll try the power supply over the weekend and get back to yea...thanks guys.

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#9
June 5, 2011 at 20:06:56
Well I changed the power supply and the computer still freezes at startup...I tried unplugging the power cable and waiting awhile to plug it back in and it might boot up to the desktop, but "if" it does the computer really runs slow. I guess if this doesn't sound like a motherboard issue would be purchasing the recovery disk from dell (26.99) and just recover it would that work? I just don't want to buy the recovery disk for nothing if the motherboard is the issue.

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