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Old 04-11-2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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Can I replace my floppy drive in a Dell Inspirion 2600 with a second HDD?



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Old 04-11-2005, 12:12 PM   #2
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Typically the floppy disk drive uses the floppy drive controller port on the main board. However the Hard disk drives can be connected to the same DMA port.

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Old 04-11-2005, 02:33 PM   #3
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Yes, replacing this drive would be easy, and would only mean dissconnecting the connection from the floppy drive from the motherboard, taking the drive out, and then putting the hard drive in the space instead, and connecting this as slave (usually if you have another drive) in an IDE slot (There are 2, though 'IDE 2' is usually used for CDRom/DVD drives). So yes you can!

They are small enough to fit into where the floppy drive was if you are limited in space (3.5),
which I think you must be to take out such a neccesary component these days.... I'm not joking actually hehe, I think they can still be useful!
Though people get by with USB pen drives and personal USB hard drives. If you have a musical keyboard that will only take floppy though, you have a problem.

Though if there is room in your case, I'd leave the floppy, and connect the new hard drive as a slave instead as they'd be no need dissconecting it, as you can't use the connection the Floppy drive went in anyway (Thoguh I think you might know this)

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Old 04-11-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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A hard disc drive can as stated fit in a floppy drive bay. But the floppy drive and the hard drive use two totally different controllers. The hard dive must be on the IDE channels. Such as where the cd-rom and the boot drive reside. Most modern systems have two IDE channels making it possible to connect up to 4 items. Lots of time the only restraints is will the cable reach where you want to mount it.
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