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I've been given a very old dell computer (dimension d300) without a hard drive - can anyone recommend one to buy?! As far as I know all the other bits inside are the originals (which I'm planning on gradually replacing, unless it all has to be done at once?!) and it was running either windows 95 or 98 before.
Any help would be appreciated! :)
The most basic of basic IDE hard drives will do something like this (http://www.dabs.com/products/western-digital-caviar-blue-160gb-3-5--ata-100-7200rpm-8mb-4PMB.html?refs=52420000). It isn't going to be much of a machine though. Also everything would need to be replaced at once I'm afraid Dell don't use standard sizes or power supplies which makes upgrading impossible.
Hmm, the question is not so much which one to buy, but whether it's worth buying one for it in the first place and in all honesty it's not. The machine is just so old that it's past the stage of being cost effective to upgrade it. If you really must get a hard drive for it any IDE HD will do, however for the cost of a good sized IDE HD at Â£60 you could get a cheap refurbished PC on fleabay (search for "DELL DESKTOP TOWER PC COMPUTER WINDOWS XP 2.8GHZ". Granted it will also be an older PC, but it will still be a lot newer and faster than the one you are trying to upgrade.
IDE HD (for such an old PC I wouldn't bother spending any more for larger capacity... well personally I wouldn't bother spending anything other than the cost of petrol to the recycling centre to drop it off)
Have you considered taking it to the antiques roadshow for a valuation. :) The PC is 13 years old which is a LOT of years for a computer. If you were looking at it in terms of cars, it would be a horse & cart. I don't mean to seem unkind or mean, I just hate to see people waste their money on something that is futile when it could be invested in better alternatives.
That is practically the problem with laptops especially when they are very old. it is very difficult to find compatible parts since most would be obsolete and nobody would be selling them again. I remember that i had to pay very big for the lcd of my old laptop. I could have bought a brand new laptop with that money nowadays.