Everest will tell you exactly what's in your PC with a logical/easy to use interface. Unfortunately, it's freeware version has been discontinued. You can either goto http://www.lavalys.com/ for the trial version or google 'everest home edition' to find the freeware version still in the wild.
I just received these 2 PCs & am curious what savy tech people believe is best & most reliable way to confirm SATA & HD specs on Dell PCs. After doing lots of detective work (looking up hardware info through Windows various Device Managers, Sys Info, BIOS etc and through indep Benchmark software -e.g., PC Wizard) it's becoming clear to me that I *do not* have Dell's advertised SATA II (3G/sec) capabilites. Also I see very ambiguous HD info-- WD's & Samsungs that are hard to track down specs on.
I'm debating what to do-- return or upgrade say future HD's but am wondering what should I look for to be sure that my current system will work w/ new SATA II HDs?
thanks for any input here!!
(btw-- only reason I went in Dell direction has to do w/ research equip being thoroughly tested on these systems. It's unfortunate that they seem to be engaged in deceptive business practices. I am considering alternatives but just want to play out scenario of staying w/ these PCs. any insights/inputs are greatly appreciated. )