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Second hard drive install - a quick guide

  • Aug 10, 2020
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In the case of notorious space shortages, you should install in your PC for a second hard drive. What you need to know and how to proceed, we want to show you here.

Which hard drive is the right one?

The view in the device Manager, or better in the Inside of your computer tells you whether you have enough space for one more hard drive. What is the Standard you must meet, you can recognize the connected data cables. On an ATA (IDE) hard drive is a wide and Serial ATA is a small cable connected to it. To your warranty, you need not to Worry. This does not go off when you open the side panel of your computer.
Space for the second HDD
That you to your Computer before Opening it down and disconnect power from self-evident. If you ground yourself to avoid any damage to your PC due to static discharges. If you are looking into the case, you should consider a few things.
  • You have space for another hard drive?
  • Power supply connections are available?
  • An IDE or Serial ATA Slot on the motherboard free?

A second IDE hard disk drive retrofit

IDE hard drives belong to the older Generation, but the installed still and sold. Since it's a Standard two HDD on the ATA/ATAPI cable connected, you need to the order of the plates set.
  1. Now use the Jumperis a small component with metal brackets to the new drive as a "SLAVE" to set up. You can find this next to the cable connection for the data connection. You can define the order in which your PC accesses the hard drives. From the "MASTER", and your first HDD will be booted.
  2. Screw the plate in the corresponding slot in the housing. you have enough space, pay attention to sufficient distance from the other hard drive. Since the devices are in operation warm, could it be otherwise, the heat build-up.
  3. Connect the cable for the power supply and data transfer.
  4. Start the PC and go into BIOS. Your new hard drive you can find in the BIOS usually under the tab "Main". You may need to switch the HDD there free.
  5. After the operating system has been started, you can use the HDD formatting and partitioning.
Hard drives in the BIOS

A Serial ATA hard disk install

For these disks there are for you to do less. You have to build the device, and connect the appropriate cables for power supply and data transfer. You're done. Since each SATA HDD is a separate connection on the motherboard, you need to set any Jumper. A release in the BIOS is not necessary. It remains to you only the disk format and, if appropriate, to partition.