Found this discussion interesting, and may someday soon be faced with the same situation. My Dell is on its last year renewable warranty and about to expire, and my HD is going to be 4 yrs old. I would like to also put in a bigger and faster HD before the oem drive starts to act up. I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with a 40gb drive and a little interest adding another drive and also maybe building my own system some day. You recommended to "monkeysateme" to start a new discussion, if they did that, where would one find that discussion?