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Adding a Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RPhox, Feb 1, 2003.

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  1. RPhox

    RPhox Thread Starter

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    I've been given a 20 gig hard drive and thought it would be a good idea to add it to my pc for some additional storage.

    My questions :

    1) Is there a site that lists a step-by-step process for doing the job?
    2) If I already have a C drive and the new drive also has a C, will it cause a conflict that I need to prepare for before I install it?
    3) Will it dramatically slow down my pc if I have 2 separate, physical drives?
    4) Are there any other problems I should consider?


    RFox
    Pentium III
    256 RAM
    Windows XP Pro
     
  2. n2gun

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    The link below will give you some basic info.

    Putting in a second drive should be no problem. First you need to set the jumper on the end where the cables hook in to slave. Then you put it in and hook it to the second connector on the cable that your hard drive is hook to. (Make sure the strip on the cable goes nearest the power connector) This drive will be your d drive moving any cd drives up one letter. You will have to go into the bios to set it to autodetect the drive. Should be shown as primary slave in the bios.

    it should not effect the speed of your computer to a noticeable point.

    if you have any problems come back and we will help you.

    http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/idedrv1.html
     
  3. buckaroo

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