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I am thinking of purchasing a new internal HDD, However I am unsure on several things and that's why I am consulting you guys :D

Basically, I want to know.. Is there a way of knowing the width of a hdd that will fit into my PC? How do I find this out?

Also, Which would be more suitable for me from these two?






I also want if they are trusted hard drives or etc, I'm new at this.

I will provide you with details of my PC, which are as follows:

System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.

      System Model: Vostro 200

              BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

          Processor: Intel® Core2 Duo CPU    E4400  @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.0GHz

            Memory: 2048MB RAM

Available OS Memory: 2038MB RAM

If you need anymore or anything just tell me. If i'm not about ask my friend, Richio :)



Thanks for your help.

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They are both trusted brands (Samsung and Western Digital).


I would go for the Samsung as it has a higher RPM (revolutions per minute) at 7,200.


As for compatibility, you'll need one SATA cable and one SATA power adapter. For future reference, SATA = S-ATA, Serial ATA.

You'll also need to make sure that it will fit in your case. If you open your case up (make sure the computer is off and that you are grounded, first), look towards the front of the case or tower. If there is much space, you will be fine.


P.S. Are you replacing your existing one or just adding a secondary drive?

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Pretty much what henrawr said, I'll just add that most desktop PC's use a 3.5" standard for HDD's so all drives should fit perfectly fine.

And on a personal note I got a samsung F3 back in February, it broke in November had to send it back, if you can afford it go for the Samsung F1, its one of the best HDD's on the market at the moment (price/performance).  :)

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