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Removing drive from Dell Dimension 8100

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by w1cny, Mar 11, 2011.

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  1. w1cny

    w1cny Thread Starter

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    Hello: I need some advice on how to remove the hard drive from a Dell Dimension 8100.
    I'm 70 and don't understand how to do it.
    Thanks for any help.
    Bob Rinaldi
     
  2. crjdriver

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    Click on this link then click removing and replacing parts>hard drive. It gives step by step instructions along with pics.
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dsleest/

    One thing that I find helpful when working on something I am not familiar with is to take a few pics of whatever it is with a digital camera before you start removing parts. If you need to find out where something went, just look at the pic.
     
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    Bob:

    According to the link that crjdriver provided you with, the hard drive in your Dell Dimension 8100 is in a pivot-type cage just like it is in my Dell OptiPlex GX110, so removing it is pretty easy after you've removed the side panel from the case.

    You didn't advise why you want to remove the hard drive. If it's gone bad and needs to be replaced, you need to replace it with another hard drive that has the same ribbon-type data connection. Probably your best bet is to take the hard drive to a computer shop so someone there knows what you need to replace it with.

    If you replace the hard drive, the Windows XP operating system is going to need to be installed in it. Do you have a Windows XP CD to install it? Do you know how to format the replacement hard drive and do a clean install of Windows XP?

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