How to configure two or more hard drives

With hard drive prices falling and the need for extra space growing, it makes sense to install multiple hard drives. If you’re looking for more space for your media, an extra hard drive for backup or even a second hard drive for installing a second operating system, the process of opening your computer and adding a second hard drive it’s a pretty simple procedure. Things You’ll Need
Screwdriver, Philips or Flathead
Additional Hard Drives
Cable Power Cable Splitter
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get a hard drive that will be compatible with your current hardware. Most computers used IDE or ATA drives, in the past you can identify IDE drives by their large 40-pin data tape. Serial ATA (SATA) is latest technology, using smaller cables with faster data transfer rates.

Turn your computer on and off. You may have to remove additional cables to remove the case from your computer, but this will vary from case to case.

Remove the computer case. Most cases have screws on the back that secure the side panels, you can remove these screws and slide the left side panel back in order to access the components. However, some cases require you to remove the front of the case using a clasp and slide the panel forward. See your computer manual for details on how to remove your case.

Disconnect all cables from your current hard drive.

Locate the hard drive, usually located on the bottom front of the computer inside a metal casing. Loosen this jacket from the computer.

Place jumpers on IDE disks. The jumper can be found between the power and the IDE connections. You will want to define a secondary hard drive as the primary slave drive. See user manual for jumper setting details. SATA hard drives do not have jumper settings.

Slide the new hard drive into the empty space in the box and press it down firmly.

Attach all necessary power and data cables to the hard drives. If you are using individual cables with multiple connectors, make sure the connectors on the end of the cable are inserted into the main unit, and the next one into the slave.

screw the box back. to the computer , making sure it is secure

Plug in and boot the computer, leaving the left side panel off for this step allows easy access you must have to reposition some connectors.

Enter your BIOS. On most boot screens there is a small text alert telling you which button to press to access the BIOS. Make sure your computer is seeing both hard drives, you may have to select the new slave drive manually. If your computer doesn’t detect the new drive at all, make sure that all connections are secure and that your jumper is set correctly.

Unplug and close your computer case once all your drives are being properly detected.

Restart your computer and install any software that may have come with your hard drive. On Windows, you may be required to format the new drive by accessing the Disk Management tool.

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