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refurbishment of dell dimension 5150-the impossible?

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  1. padyboy

    padyboy Member

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    I am attempting to refurbish an old dell dimension 5150 desktop computer from an even older dell xps r450 being used for parts. A minimum of $$ expenditure is part of my plan, basically a 'learning' experience. I have an hp pavilion desktop as #1 and an Asus Eee PC netbook as #2, so I can afford to experiment with my dimension 5150.

    So far, I have installed the internal floppy drive in the 5150 frame and have that working, although it looks kinda weird from the front. Now I wish to install the xps hd as an ide drive in line with the optical drive preinstalled in the 5150. I will deal with the master/slave setup later.

    Presently I need to determine a way to secure the ide hd in the 5 1/4" drive bay (below the optical drive)in the 5150 frame. I believe I require an adapter kit for a 3.5" to 5 1/4" installation.
    However, the mounting screws are rather ambiguous to me. The 5150 5 1/4" drive bay does not appear to support installation of a second ide drive without a specific cage for the hd.

    Before I commit any further $$, I would appreciate any input from you experts as to my quandry.

    Grats in advance,eh.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    moved to correct form.
    why install floppy drive? doesn't the 5150 have any empty 3.5" drive bays?
     
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    JST1946 Regular member

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    You can probably mount it in the floppy drive bay,they are both 3.5 inches.
     
  4. padyboy

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    I have purchase a pair of rails which will enable me to install the old IDE 10GB HD in the 5/4" drive bay, as you suggested. I suppose I could have used twist ties and fooled around with it, but I decided to fork over the $4.00 for the kit instead.

    I appreciate your input.

    This appears to be a very good forum.

    Grats again.
     
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    The supporting rails I received from Newegg are to small to support my HD or FD. They cost more for S&H than for the product inself. They would work, if they were as advetised.
    I am now searching for a legitimate internal drive cage to fit my Dell Dimension 5150 computer. No electronics, just a simple metal cage to secure my HD to the case in the CPU. No luck in searching so far.

    I would directions as to where I can fins such a drive cage. Thank you.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    read this link. ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-5150x_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf
    goto section about "Removing & Installing parts". look at the section about "Installing a Hard Drive" & you'll see what the hd bracket looks somewhat.
     
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    ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-5150x_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf

    "did not yield any documents"
     
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    You need to copy and past the address in your search box at the top of the page and it will load the PDF of your computer. I just tried it myself just now.

    ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-5150x_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf
     

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