Most desktop computers have plenty of room for adding a second internal hard drive that can be used for extra storage space , a place to install new programs , or as a way to back up your computer in case you need it . a hard drive failure with the original drive. The installation method varies by disk interface and case design, and some motherboards require an expansion card with an additional hard disk interface port, but that often just consists of opening the case, starting the car, and configure the operating system to use the drive. Things You’ll Need
Internal Hard Disk Controller
Data Cable Hard Disk
Drive for Systems Without an Available Port
Anti-static wrist strap
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Obtain an internal hard drive
SATA data cable 1 .
Inspect the motherboard to determine the existing hard drive interface and whether there are ports available to plug the new drive into. Purchase a new internal hard drive that matches your existing drive interface, whether SATA or IDE, looking for the highest capacity drive for the lowest price with the longest warranty available.
2 IDE dual drive interface cable.
Get a data cable for the drive if it’s not included with it, unless the drive is an IDE type and there is already a plug available on the existing IDE data cable that leads to either the existing hard drive or the optical drive, in which case the existing cable can be used.
Get a PCI hard drive controller card if there are no ports available to plug the drive into.
4 Hard Drives
turn off the computer, unplug the power cord, and remove the cover.
Attach an anti-static wrist strap to a floor so as not to damage the unit or system with an electrostatic discharge.
Mount the hard drive in an available drive bay with four screws.
Attach the data cable to the drive and to the smallest port available on the motherboard.
Connect the power cord to the hard drive, replace the cover, plug in the power cord and boot the computer.
Installation IDE Hard Drives
turn off the computer, unplug the power cord, and remove the case cover . Attach an anti-static wrist strap to a positive ground and mount the hard drive in an available bay with four screws.
Place the jumpers on the hard drive properly, according to the cable it will be connected to and whether it is the only drive in the system. Set the jumpers on the other drive on the same cable, if necessary.
11 IDE connector showing missing pin hole and plastic key.
Connect the data cable to the hard drive by aligning pin 1 on the cable with pin 1 on the drive, usually indicated by a colored band on one end of the cable, or align the cable based on the plastic key that is molded into the cable. , or based on the missing pin in the unit and corresponding missing hole in the cable.
Connect the data cable to the motherboard. Attach a power connector to the hard drive and replace the cover. Plug in the power cord and boot the computer.
Click “Start” and then click “Control Panel”, “Administrative Tools” and “Disk Management”. Click on the entry for “Disk Management” in the menu on the left side of the Disk Management screen.
Right-click on the new drive and choose “New Simple Volume” from the menu.
Click “Next” button for each step of the wizard using default options to initialize and format the new drive so that it will be ready for use.
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