install hard drive; bay is too big for drive

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tompoe

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I have a dell dimension 4400 without hard drive. I opened the case, but can't figure out where to put the hard drive, as the logical bays available are too big for the hard drive I have. Do I have to buy a frame or something? Any help appreciated.
 

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Hi tompoe, and welcome to TSG.

Assuming you want to install a 3.5 inch hard drive, it sounds like you may be missing the hard drive cage shown on page 79 of the user manual in this PDF file:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4400/6J373a00.pdf.

Not sure if you can purchase the cage from Dell or how much it costs. If you have an open 5.25 inch expansion bay, it may be cheaper to buy generic adapter rails or a generic adapter tray to fit the drive in the larger bay.
 

tompoe

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Thanks, much. I'll head off to Best Buy, and see what they have.
 
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i had the same problem, i just got some longer screws and put it in the larger bay. or if you want to get a quick easy fix, just screw it onto the front of the case, theres uaually a spot there for a secondary hard drive that fits behind the primary hard drive bay.

Cant stress this enough though, if you do use this method, make sure its not going to block any fans, or air intake exc. And make sure your not blocking any vital holes in the hard drive.
 
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