Ide Hard Drive

  duncan_pereira 17:08 03 Oct 2010

To cut a long story short, I've built a budget PC for surfing the net. It uses an
Asus M4A88T-M Mobo,
Athlon ii x2 cpu,
2gb of 1600mhz ram,
An Lg drive,
Coolermaster elite 360 case and antec 400w psu.

My hardrive of choice, a Samsung Spinpoint is out of stock for 2 weeks and im desperate to get the PC running soon. So i plan to crack open a un used Dell Dimension 4100 at work and use the 20gb IDE HDD in my build. I've checked the mobo and it has 1 ide connector. My only worry is if the hdd will fit in the case. The drive bay is 3' x 1/3 but i havnt a clue what the dimensions of the ide drive will be. If anyone knows please help me out.

  Batch 17:23 03 Oct 2010

A typical desktop HDD will be approx. 4" x 5.75"

A laptop one will be 4" x 2.75"

Heights vary.

  hastelloy 19:35 03 Oct 2010

Your Samsung HDD will be the size stated by Batch so are you sure you're looking at the right bay on your build? The size you quote is more like a floppy drive or card reader size.

  woodchip 19:39 03 Oct 2010

Just leave the drive in the bottom of the case on a bit of card connected with IDE and Power lead

  woodchip 19:41 03 Oct 2010

PS PC should not be thrown about with Hard drive laid in bottom of PC

  duncan_pereira 20:41 03 Oct 2010

no im pretty sure about the drive bay size.
here is the case
click here
and the hdd
click here

In all honesty, ive never come across a hard drive with Batch's dimensions

Thanks for your response so far

  Batch 21:53 03 Oct 2010

The link you've provided to the HDD shows the size as 10.2cm x 14.7cm. Aka 4" x 5.75". This will have a form factor (i.e. the size of the disk platter inside the casing) of 3.5" which is what the system unit takes. I.e. it fits.

  hastelloy 01:43 04 Oct 2010

"Expansion Bays Total (Free)2 ( 2 ) x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H" - 1 bay for HDD and 1 for optical drive - if you have 2 optical drives woodchip's answer would seem to be the only solution. The smaller bays are for floppy and /or card reader as said.

  woodchip 09:27 04 Oct 2010

I only said for temporary to put it in the bottom of the PC, otherwise you make a permanent fix. You could make a Bracket out of a bit of tin-plate

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