Dell Dimension 4550 - can I use 160GB hard drive?

  wildhouse 16:41 02 May 2009
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I have a 6 year old Dell Dimension 4550 currently with an 80GB PATA drive which is about to give up. Would like to replace it with a larger drive. Dell told me last year I couldn't use a drive more than 120GB, but I don't know if that is really the case or whether they just wanted to sell me a new computer (which he suggested!). There aren't many 120GB drives around, mostly 80GB or 160GB. Would appreciate advice as would like to try and keep this computer going for another year while I save up for a new one!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:01 02 May 2009

It ought to but even if the motherboard doesn't see the larger drive that can easily be fixed with "drive overlay" software.

  ambra4 18:07 02 May 2009

The following hard drive can be used on the Dell Dimension 4550

Dell Dimension 433v 4400 4500 450v 4550 4600 466v 4700 486 5000 5100 5150

160Gb Hard Disc Drive

Dell Dimension 433v 4400 4500 450v 4550 4600 466v 4700 486 5000 5100 5150

250Gb Hard Disc Drive

Dell Dimension 433v 4400 4500 450v 4550 4600 466v 4700 486 5000 5100 5150

320Gb Hard Disc Drive

Dell Dimension 433v 4400 4500 450v 4550 4600 466v 4700 486 5000 5100 5150

500Gb Hard Disc Drive

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  wildhouse 18:47 02 May 2009

Being a Dell it is not easy to find out what my motherboard is, but this is the info I have from running Astra 32. Does this help to know if my motherboard can cope? Many thanks.

Motherborad Vendor: Dell; Board Model: Dell, Phoenix Bios for Dell 09/23/03; Chipset Intel 845G/GL/GV (Brookdale-G/GL/GV); Southbridge 82801DB/DBL LPC Interface Bridge

  ambra4 04:06 08 May 2009

A 80Gb to 500Gb Hard Drive will work on the Dell Dimension 4550 computer as listed at Pcupgrade site

  wildhouse 21:48 10 May 2009

Thanks for the info. I am now trying to decide if it is worth changing my hard drive. The current hard drive is heating up all the time - it gets to 99deg within half an hour. An IT person at work says that if I change it, the same thing will probably happen again as something must be causing it. I don't want to throw good money after bad and am wondering if I should cut my losses and get a new computer (vastly more cost but would hate to lose everything). Any advice appreciated.

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