When you start running out of hard drive space in your computer, it’s time to buy a new one. There are two schools of thought on this subject and it’s a very personal choice. If you are one who downloads a lot of content and retains it, you may benefit from a larger but slower hard drive. If you live for speed, you may find yourself picking up a hard drive with isn’t as large, but is much faster.
The actual process of hard drive addition is quite simple. Most computers will come with a free bay for another drive and the cables should be permissive of it. If you have any doubt, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are millions of people who will gladly take a couple minutes to help you. Alright, the first step is to remove the side from your computer. There will be two screws on the back or a button (if you are lucky). You remove the side and you will see a mother board (the big thing with all the electrical components) and a rack toward the front, on top you will see CD-ROMs, and then beneath those you will spy a metallic rectangle. This is the hard drive.
Depending on which interface your hard drive is, this process may differ slightly. I will describe both IDE and SATA drive addition. For IDE, you will see a grey ribbon cable, it is about 1.75 inches wide, and you really can’t miss it. The top of it will be inserted into the first hard drive. Please make sure the hard drive’s jumper is set to “MA” for master. Well, now that we know what we’re looking at, we can install the second drive below it. Just slide the second drive into the rack and screw it in, please ensure this drive’s jumper is set to “SL” for slave. Now, you have to connect it! The ribbon cable should have another drive connector on it, simply slide it into the corresponding connector, then find a free power connector and connect it, both of these only go in one way! That’s it for IDE. For SATA, the process is a whole lot simpler, you merely put the drive into the drive bracket, connect the cable to the motherboard and drive (the motherboard will have unique looking ports, these are the SATA ports. The SATA drives merely need a connection and power, and then they’re good to go. Now, reboot your computer into Windows, you will be looking for Computer Management under Administrative tools. Once here you need to go to the Device Manager then the drive manager, right click on the new drive and select format, use the defaults and you’re essentially done!
Before you jump for joy, replace the side of your computer. Now you may jump for joy!
Article Resource: Benjamin Cance