Having problems with your Dell Dimension XPS 400 PC Desktop ?

Installing a new harddrive

\015 Does it take a special cable, adaptor or hard drive for the dell xps 400 since it does not use a 40 pin connector?\015

Answers :

Hey pnut10,
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\015\012Most computers will come standard with one of two types of hard drives: IDE or SATA. IDE drives typically will use a 40-pin connector, while SATA drives will instead use a 7-pin data cable and separate 15-pin power cable. If you're not quite sure what kind of hard drive you have, you can generally determine its type by checking the hard drive’s outside casing. Many manufacturers will clearly print on a hard drive's main label its type, capacity and other important features.
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\015\012Based on your description (and information provided by the manufacturer), you most likely will want to use an internal SATA hard drive. A good number of the SATA drives available today are sold with all the necessary cables to connect them to your computer included in the box, so you should not need any special tools or adaptors apart from a non-magnetized screwdriver.
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\015\012Potentially the largest hurdle you may encounter when trying to replace your hard drive however, is the actual reinstallation of Windows itself. Not all manufacturers will provide recovery CD's or Windows installation discs with new computers, so you may want to make sure you have access to one or the other before disconnecting your current hard drive. In the event that you don't, you may want to make a disk image of your current Windows configuration using a third-party program like Norton's Ghost before proceeding.
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\015\012If you're ever in doubt, I would suggest seeking the assistance of a computer repair technician. Remember that Geek Squad® agents are your local Best Buy™ store are generally able to install new hardware components on your behalf, as well as provide you with data back up services if necessary.
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\015\012Hope this helps you out.
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\015\012Sincerely,
\015\012Aaron
\015\012Go Ahead. Use Us.
Uses a SATA cable. If you're using an IDE harddrive that uses a 40 pin connector, there are IDE to SATA adaptors available.

The power connector is also different on SATA Harddrives.
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