[QUOTE=colnjack;2152638]Hi I would like to upgrade my internal hard drive on my dell dimension 2400
can any one tell me which type of hard drive i need to purchase either sata or ide as i am not sure myself
thanks to any one that can help[/QUOTE]
You will need to buy an IDE hard drive for that system as that system was manufactured before SATA hard drives became common. I have read some of the posts in a Dell support forum, and found out that there is no specific capacity limit. I believe that the largest hard drive that was on the consumer market at the time of the 2400’s manufacture was about 250GB. Thus, you can try a 320GB IDE (PATA) hard drive, and if it formats (using Windows XP with SP1 or higher slipstreamed) to around 298GB (or thereabouts), then your Dimension 2400 can handle such large hard drives. But if that 320GB hard drive formats to only 127GB even with Windows XP SP1 or higher, or refuses to work at all, then your system’s BIOS cannot support such a large drive.
On the other hand, if your system shipped with the original release of Windows XP, large hard drive support is disabled by default - thus, the large hard drive will always format to only 127GB with that version of Windows XP even on a newer computer system. (Note that the above formatted capacity figures are as reported in Windows, not necessarily as reported in the BIOS.)