What Types of Hard Drives Work in a Dell 530?

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The Dell Inspiron 530, released in early 2008, is a budget-minded desktop computer. If you've owned an Inspiron 530 for a couple of years, you may be thinking that its 250GB hard drive is a little small to house all of your pictures, music, videos and programs. If so, there are a number of compatible hard drives that will work in your Dell 530, so you should be able to find one that meets your needs.

Compatible Connector

When shopping for a new hard drive for your 530, make sure that you purchase one with compatible connector. The Inspiron 530 can only use hard drives with the Serial ATA (or SATA) connector. SATA connectors are typically flat, black plastic. Hard drives using an IDE connection, usually a black, grey or white connector with an array of metal pins inside, will not be able to connect to the computer's motherboard. The specifications for the drive should list whether the drive is SATA or IDE, so make sure to read before you buy.


SATA hard drives come in a couple of common sizes: 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch. The smaller, 2.5-inch drives are used in laptop computers, while 3.5-inch drives are made for desktops. Since the Inspiron 530 is considered a desktop computer, you'll need to purchase a 3.5-inch model.


When it comes to hard drive capacity, you should choose a size that meets your storage needs. The Inspiron 530 comes with a 250GB drive, so if you are replacing the drive because it's broken, another 250GB drive will be fine. If you don't store much on your computer, you can even purchase a smaller drive, but make sure that the drive is big enough to meet the requirements for your operating system (Windows 7 needs at least 16GB of space for the operating system alone --- that doesn't include your files or software).


Hard drives are usually fairly reliable, but they all fail eventually. Occasionally, a drive will fail after only a year or two of use. If you don't want to have to purchase a new drive if your new one fails after a year or so, make sure that the manufacturer provides a warranty period that is a year or longer. Some manufacturers even offer 5-year warranties. The warranty period should be listed on the box, or you can look the product up online to find the information before visiting a store.

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