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Solved: Expansion Slots : 0 - PCI-E x16, 0 - PCI-E x1, 1 - PCI

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  1. bwhatch2

    bwhatch2 Thread Starter

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    i've got a couple expansion slots on my new system and i am at a loss as to what they are. i got the numbers off the manufacturers website and googled them and found tons of info but it all was way above my head. they almost look like two little pull out drawers you could put hard drives in then plug them back in, but a hard drive doesnt quite fit. here's a link if you want to take a look at the whole system.http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668232.php you can't really see the slots in any of the pictures though, they are about 2/3 down from the top, on the font of the computer, right below the rca jacks that you see folded out. can anyone tell me what these are for in non-techy terms?
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    bwhatch2 Thread Starter

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    really, come on? somebody reading this knows, please help.
     
  3. dave0700

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    This is what i could find for you, looks like it is a hard drive expansion bay, means you don't not have to open the box to install another HDD or maybe a hotswap bay
     
  4. bwhatch2

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    it definitely looks like a hard drive bay but neither of the hard drives i have fit, they're to short. so i figured gateway might have a drive specifically designed to fit. i called them and they wanted 60 bucks just to talk to me. i could hardly believe it. anyway, thanks for the info.
     
  5. Wino

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    The drawers are for SATA hard drives - not hot swappable according to Gateway. Recommended for making backups of main drives and/or additional storage. HDD snaps into drawer frame and plugs into power & SATA connectors when closed. This info is available at Gateway's web site. Gateway is specific in that computer is to be powered down before installing or removing.
     
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    when i worked in dell, any system having a swap bay would require a loading rail/fitment on which you would first mount the hdd, then load the assembly in the bay, i guess this is what happens with gateway too

    i looked up your model number and could not find anything, suggest you call their sales and try to ask for a sales Q that sells parts
     
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