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By granogue ·
I have a 10 gig hard drive that I want to replace with a bigger hard drive. I have a Dell Optiplex GX100 desktop with a compact form factor (it's the size of a briefcase). Here's the info:

Dell Computer Corporation OptiPlex GX100
System Service Tag: 9Z0QB01 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: 9Z0QB01

Can somebody tell me of a good 40-80 gig hard drive that will work in my computer given the above specs? Can you provide me with an exact model? Thanks.

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Drive Replacement

From the information on the downloads page for your system, http://tinyurl.com/2h56z
it looks like you can use just about any IDE hard drive.

Dell has downloads for IBM Deskstar drives (now Hitachi)
and for Quantum Fireball drives (now owned by Maxtor)

Depending on how old a version of the BIOS you have, you may need / want to flash the BIOS with the latest version.

CAUTION: If you decide to flash the BIOS follow ALL precautions.
A bad flash can leave your PC DEAD!!!

Chas

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I intend to accept your answer. Thank you. I just want to ask a couple more questions if you don't mind. What is tinyurl.com? I went to the site but don't how you got any information about my computer from it. Also, my knowledge of computers is spotty; strong in some areas and completely inept when it comes to some basic stuff. Are all IDE hard drives the same size? Is there an industry standard size? I have a compact desktop system so I wasn't sure if I needed a super-small hard drive.

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Drive Replacement

Many of the responders here use the Tiny URL web site to shorten long web addresses into shorter links that are less apt to get spaces added to them.

If you paste in the entire link including the last 5 characters, you should be taken to a Dell page with a list of downloads for your system.

http://tinyurl.com/2h56z

Otherwise, you can go to www.dell.com
click on service and support
enter your service tag number
and look at the downloads.

There are 3 basic sizes of IDE hard drives.
5 1/4" (hardly ever seen anymore)
3 1/2" This is the standard drive size used for desktop systems.
I have seen a few Maxtor drives that were thinner than the average 3 1/2" IDE drive. But almost all 3 1/2" IDE drives have the same footprint.
2 1/2" (notebook) These drives do come in several thicknesses. Many notebook computers cannot accept thick drives.

Since Dell listed downloads for IBM Deskstar, and Quantum Fireball drives, your system most likely uses standard size 3 1/2" IDE drives.

The best way to verify this, is to open the case and take a look at the hard drive.

A standard 3 1/2" IDE drive will be around:
4" Wide
5 3/4" Deep
1" tall

Looking at 2 drives that I have
IBM Deskstar 41GB
4" * 5.7" * 1"

Maxtor 20GB
4" * 5.75" * .65"

Chas

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by jschein In reply to Hard Drive Replacement

Optiplexes use the standard IDE hard drive for any desktop machine.

I use www.newegg.com for my purchases as the cost and shipping are cheaper than any other instore or web based cost. A new 40-80gb drive ide will only cost you 40-75$.

Good luck in your selection

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