Swap HDD on Dell GX270 Small Form Factor Box

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I recently acquired a couple of GX270s with 20 GB drives with the
intention of installing a 160 GB drive. In this version of the box the
HDD is mounted parallel to the front of the box (perpendicular to the
floppy and CDROM) on Dell-specific rails.

The Dell manual says to release the latches, slide the drive toward
the I/O board and pull up on the connector end of the drive to remove
it. The space is too tight to come anywhere close to sliding the drive
completely out of the rack, but when I try to pull up on the dirve
it's still FIRMLY held in place no matter how I slide the drive back
and forth in the mount. If I pull hard enough to get the drive out I
think I'll break something. 8o(

What am I doing wrong?

Re: Swap HDD on Dell GX270 Small Form Factor Box

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Dell PC cases are notorious for their uniqueness,
viz. hidden catches that no other PC case maker
uses.  For this reason I was much delayed when
adding a HDD to an old office Dell:  but that was
years ago. . .

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)

Re: Swap HDD on Dell GX270 Small Form Factor Box

On Wed, 5 Sep 2007 12:47:34 -0400, "Don Phillipson"

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Don, you're absolutely correct. I went back in and fiddled some more.
I found that I was sliding the drive too far to the right, plus the
bottom edge of the drive was also catching on the edge of the lid 8o(.
The leads for the floppy and CD running over the area I needed to see
into didn't help any either.

I got the old drive out. Hooked it and the new drive up to another
machine and used the free version of HD-Clone to copy the old drive to
the new one, installed the new one and it booted perfectly. I then
expanded the partition to 40GB and added another 40 GB partition. The
other 80GB on the drive will go to UBUNTU.

Many thanks.

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