HD Help

By Dave8603
Dec 5, 2006
  1. I found what looks to be a pretty good deal..

    My computer is a Dell Dimension 4550 from maybe 5 years ago and I really can't figure out if I have the capability of running a SATA2 HD. How can I check this? Every diagnostic I check is so vague on my "120gb hd".
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    If your pc is 5 years old the it will not run at sata 2 at all, and probably doesnt even have sata 1 built in!!!!

    You could run a sata 2 hdd at sata 1 via a sata 1 raid card in pci format!!!!
    That may well be your 1 and only option!!!!
  3. Dave8603

    Dave8603 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    well how could i possibly check to see what capabilities i have for this?
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Pulling the side off your pc and having a look is the best way really!!!!
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    The answer is easy. :) SATA didn't exist in 2001.

    By 2001, it was probably nothing but an engineering blue print... It didn't make its anticipated introdution into the consumer market until about 2003 and Dell probably didn't adopt it until 2004.
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