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Friday, March 13, 2009

Second Hard Drive Install

Need that extra bit of space for your pc? It is easier than you think and does not require too much work. I expect that you will start this process by purchasing a new hard drive. (Note: this process is for if you are using a SATA Hard drive and SAT [not SAT4 ports.])

Note that this image is for an example and does not depict your exact hard drive. Setup.
To start with, you will need to reconfigure your jumper settings on both of your hard drives. Most all hard drives have a label on it with the jumper settings. Now, look at the back of your hard drive for the jumper settings. Lets start with your master (existing) hard drive. Your jumper should already be set to "master" or "Single." Remove the jumper being very careful not to bend the pins. Now, on the diagram of the jumper settings, locate the placement for "master with slave." Place the jumper to this specification. Now, for the slave, (new second hard drive) you will need to do the same as the other hard drive except you will need to place the jumper in the setting for "slave" or "secondary."
Assuming you already have the computer open, locate on your motherboard the open SATA ports. This can be done by following the smaller of the cords connected to your current hard drive the other end. If you have an open slot, connect your SATA cable to the motherboard (please make note of the number port you are using for future steps, SATA 1, SATA 0, SATA 2 etc...) and then to your hard drive. Now, you will need to connect your power supply to your hard drive. Find an empty extension from the power cord coming from your computer's power supply (big box with tons of wires coming out) and connect it to your hard drive. Now you are ready to install the hard drive into place. Drive the proper screws into the hard drive to attach it to your frame. Now, close the computer.
Most computers will not need to worry about this step but I know that mine did so I will provide to you this information. When you are ready, start up the computer and go to setup. (usually on the boot screen by pushing F2 or Del etc...) Now, this next step depends on your BIOS system. Navigate to your drives and make sure that the SATA port you plugged your slave drive into is turned on. Note: the number I had you take notice of when installing the hard drive.

  • Attempt only if you have some basic knowledge of computer hardware.
  • Remove the static from your body before touching your hard drive or any other electronical hardware. You can do this by touching any metal part of your computer frame.
  • Do not touch any electronical hardware to ANY of your clothing, therefore, definitely do not use gloves to install your drive.
  • Make sure you are not using a magnetic screwdriver or other tool as magnets cause shorting of circuits and boards and will cause computer failure.

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