How to Install a Second Hard Drive

How to Install a Second Hard Drive

Sometimes, a single hard drive is not enough for the user especially when the user wants to store more media file on the computer.  There are a lot of people who are habitual of playing games on their system and need extra storage space. So they need to install extra hard drive on their system.

This is very easy to install an extra hard drive on the system, but people visit the computer shop to done this job from specialist. They end up wasting a lot of their money and time. Therefore, it is better to perform this job at home by yourself.

1. Things required

Phillips screwdriver, tweezers, hard drive and computer.

2. Unscrew tower panel

In order to install an extra hard drive, you do not need to remove all of the panels. Simply unscrew the back of the tower on the right side, remove the panel and reveal the area where you need to connect the hard drive.

3. Remove the jumpers

On the back side of your hard drive there is the removable pins known as jumpers, They need to be removed from there and set into the ‘Slave’ position. It is difficult to perform this job with bare hands, a pair of tweezers will make your work quite easy.

4. Secure the hard drive

You need to secure the hard drive after you placed it inside the tower, screw it with the help of screws which are generally provided with every new purchase. Set up the drive in the given space, near the IDE and the power connectors.

5. Insert power connection in the hard drive

There will be a flat, white end attached to the power connector, there is a small pin section in your hard drive connect it with the power connector.

6. Connect the IDE cable

This is the most difficult task to connect the IDE cable, there will be 3 connectors with IDE cable, the first one should be connected to the motherboard and the other two need to be connected to the drives you have.

7. Put the panel back

Put the panel back and turn on your system to enjoy your extra storage space.

8. For SATA drive

The new system supports ATA drive, in that case process is changed to some extent. After opening the panel you will find the SATA cables, mostly which are flat and red in color. Plug one cable to the board and other to the hard drive. In case of SATA you don’t need to change the jumpers, thus this process is easier. Connect the SATA power cable and turn on your system.

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