Solved how do i get my dell dimension 8300 to recognize a 250 gb hd

July 26, 2013 at 16:05:37
Specs: Windows xp
I bought a larger hard drive but the computer wont recognize it. its a maxtor maxline II 250GB ATA/133 HDD. is it to large?

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July 26, 2013 at 16:37:57
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Since the hard drive is new, it's probably a SATA 300 (300MB/sec) which I don't think the Dell 8300 supports. There are three ways round this:

1. Reconfigure the drive as a 150MB/sec one by means of the jumper at the back of it.

2. If the drive has no such jumper, exchange it for an IDE drive or for a SATA drive which does have that jumper.

3. Install a PCI SATA add-on card which supports SATA 300, then plug your new SATA drive into that.

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July 26, 2013 at 16:39:42
Re #1: The OP said it was an ATA/133 HDD in their original post.

I think it should be compatible with your machine, I have used a 200 GB Maxtor drive in that model before. When you say the computer won't recognize it, is it not recognized in the BIOS or in Windows?

You've been helped by a 15 year old.

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July 26, 2013 at 16:42:32
"Re #1: The OP said it was an ATA/133 HDD in their original post"

Opps -- my dyslexia again!

Ignore my post.

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July 26, 2013 at 17:03:19
The master/slave jumper needs to be properly set.

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July 27, 2013 at 00:17:08
Hi floydmatt,

Do you want to connect both EIDE and Sata drive together?

If you install both IDE/EIDE and SATA hard drives in the 8300, the SATA drive needs to be the boot C:/ drive.

If you want to replace the EIDE drive with the Sata drive, please enable SATA in the BIOS using the steps mentioned below:

1 Turn on the computer and start tapping the "F2" key until it says Entering Setup.

2. The BIOS Setup Utility window will appear where you can scroll down to "Drive Configuration" using Up and Down arrow keys. Press Enter

3 Locate and verify the Primary SATA and Secondary SATA drives. The default settings should be set to "Auto." If these are disabled, scroll down to Primary and Secondary SATA drive options and change it to Auto

4 Press "Esc" on the keyboard to exit. Choose "Save and Exit"

As rightly suggested by "RMT2", please check if the hard drive is detected in the BIOS after making the necessary changes.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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