Put hard drive into Dell Optiplex 780

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I have a Dell Optiplex 780. I also have a Western Digital WD400 40GB hard drive from an older computer. I would like to put this hard drive into the Optiplex to save the pictures and documents on it. Do they make adapters that would allow me to do so?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    First check either the 40 gb HDD is sata/pata connector/that type of. As you mentioned this is old, assuming this is pata HDD. Now check whether your dell system supports pata HDD or connector or mechanism that can connect and access the HDD. Most of the new systems have sata connector or supports sata HDD. If you have luck, you can connect the pata HDD on your dell system and can access the HDD. If you are not so comfortable, you can contact a hardware expert.
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  • bob1947
    Thank you for your answer. Do they make adapters to allow plugging a pata HDD into a sata system and where would I find them? Thanks again.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, in the market there are kind of accessories that called pata to sata converter or vise versa. You can ask any computer hardware shop for the same.
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  • bob1947
    Thank you very much!
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  • TheRealRaven
    Since this is likely an IDE (PATA) HDD, you'd want an IDE adapter. (IDE is PATA, an older, slower interface than newer SATA.) If you search for [ usb ide adaptor ], you'll find various ones fairly cheaply available. I've found them for $10US plus shipping.

    One example is USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA. Those are nice because they handle older IDE/PATA drives as well as newer SATA. That example is $18US plus shipping, but you can probably find better prices.

    Vantech adapters like that one have worked well for me many times for lots of different hard disk and other drives. One should be useful for years to come if you need to adapt future drives to your current PC or to others you might get.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @bob1947, You are most welcome. Hope your problem is now sorted out.
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