December 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm #28419JasonParticipant
Hi everyoneHope someone can help me...I have looked inside my computer and there is space for another hard drive, but does it matter where I plug it into the motherboard? By the way I have sata connections and have one sata 500gb hard drive. I have bought another one exactly the same but am wondering where to plug it in. I am worried that if I do not plug it in the right spot, then the computer may not find my original hard drive with my operating system on it.Is there a special way to do this..And will I have to change settings after I have installed the second sata hard drive?December 23, 2008 at 10:17 am #30560
its a question that has a lot of variables..the first thing to ask is what do you actually want to use the extra hard drive for?If you just want more space, then you can install the drive very easily without disturbing Windows at all.Turn off the computer, unplug it from the wall, and open the case.First, check that you have enough SATA connectors on the motherboard. Most modern computers will have at least 4, if not 6 or 8, so you should be ok here.Examine the connectors on your existing SATA drive. Your new drive needs one each of these. One of them is the data cable, the other is the power connector. Modern computers are pretty foolproof.. if it wont plug in, then its wrong.. if it will, then its correct.Supply your hard drive via similar connectors.. you should have a spare power supply connector hanging off the main power supply box, and the supplied data cable you got with your new hard drive simply needs a SATA socket on the motherboard.. any SATA socket will do!Fit the hard drive to the case, plug in the connectors, and turn the system on. It is best to leave the case cover off for now in case you need to fiddle with something or troubleshoot the installation.Enter the BIOS (usually by pressing the F1, F2, F10, F12, or Delete key when you see the Power-On Self-Test or the manufacturer logo). If you arent sure of this, 9 times out of 10 its the delete key, and all I am suggesting you do immediately as you switch on the power is to continually tap the delete key until you see a message informing you that you will be about to enter the BIOS..If its not the delete key, then you will have to research your model of computer and find out which key it is.Check the BIOS to make sure that the drives are all being recognized. If you installed a drive on a connector that was not in use, you may have to set the corresponding drive to â€œAuto.â€ If your BIOS has an auto-detect feature, you can use that as well. If the drives are not being recognized, check that both power and data cables are in tightly (including the motherboard end for the data cables. If they are all recognized correctly, then we can move on. Exit the BIOS and restart.If you are simply installing a secondary drive, boot into Windows. In Windows 2000/XP/Vista, your new drive will not appear at all in My Computer until you format it. In Windows 9x/ME, it will appear, but you will need to right-click on the new drive and choose â€œFormatâ€ from the menu. To format the drive in Windows 2000 or XP, right-click on My Computer and go to â€œManageâ€. In the window that comes up, click Disk Management in the left pane. Once it loads, you should see an â€œInitialize Diskâ€ wizard pop up. Partition and format the disk to your liking, but make sure not to convert it to a dynamic disk, as doing so will provide plenty of annoyances down the road.You can now use your new hard drive just like an extra, rather large, folder on your computer, or if you chose to add partitions, then of course all the partitions should be visible in my computer too. If its just extra space you crave, then a single partition is probably the simplest and easiest setup.This brings me back to the original question though.. whats the purpose of the extra hard drive? If you have a 500G hard drive then its unlikely you actually need more space, unless you have my typically boys club attitude of 'bigger is better' lolIf you're willing to reinstall windows, then I'd suggest using a RAID1 setup, which will still give you 500Gx2 of space, but it would become one virtual, and extremely fast, hard drive of 1 terabyte. For more info on RAID, check out this post... http://pctipforum.com/index.php?topic=103.msg253#msg253Throughout this post, I have assumed that your pc is reasonably modern. Modern pcs's ( of less than about 4 years old) are likely to have inbuilt RAID controllers, and multiple SATA connectors. If you dont have this stuff, any of this can still be done but may require some addons to your computer and some extra fiddling.. and if you are using Vista then you will have to find your own path to the 'computer management' section as I have no clue on Vista
Mitz from Tips4pcApril 24, 2009 at 6:20 am #30561corevetteParticipant
I too, am installing a new sata hard drive in my vista system.April 24, 2009 at 9:57 am #30562
🙂 Welcome corevette !!! Your hard drive has already been formatted and has files on it...If it was a brand new hard drive you would need to format that for the computer to see it...You can install your other hard drive if you have somewhere to plug it in. Because it has an operating system on it the computer may get confused which one to boot to, or it may just boot to the original one you had in there... That is the worst that will happen... It should ask you which Operating system to boot to...Just give it a go, because you seem to know what you are doing by already installing your own new hard drive. Let us know if you need any further help. PS..Once you get into the spare hard drive I would delete the os from it and use it as a storage hard drive...Thats just what I would do...May 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm #30563mrtyParticipant
i brought a new pc recently as there was a problem with my old one. I've taken out the hard drive out of my old one and would like to use it as a secondaryone in my new pc.problem is i didnt get a chance to format it so it will still have the operating system on it. Would this cause a problem if i installed it? Or would it be safe to do so and then format it from there?Thanks in advance im a bit of a noob with thisJune 1, 2009 at 4:58 am #30564
If you are only using it as a secondary drive as stated, and the new drive has windows already installed, then just plug it in, and start windows. Go to my computer and see if the old drive you just installed is now visible. If it is, you should be able to right click on it in my computer and there will be an option to format. Go for it! You'll then have a blank formatted drive, which can be used as a new storage volume.If you want to keep all of the old files, but you aren't going to use the drive as the main windows installation, then you can copy all you want from the old drive into the new without issue, and then format it.If the second disc does not show up under my computer, then you can find and format it by doing the following. In XP control panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. On the following screen, find and click Disk Management.NOTE: You can also click Start, point to Run, type diskmgmt.msc, and then click OK.In Vista Control Panel, click System Maintenance, click Administrative Tools and then click Computer Management.In the Computer Management pane, expand Storage, and then click Disk Management.NOTE: You can also click Start, type diskmgmt.msc into the search panel at the bottom of the start window, and then click on the file when Vista finds it.In disk management, you'll see the hard drives listed, including the one you've just added. Right click on it and choose format. Once you have done this, the disc will be visible in my computer, and you can use the formatted disc as a storage volume.
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