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Installing new drive

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  1. mikcrw

    mikcrw Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I want to install an extra drive in my PC to use as back up. I have been given one and what I really want to know is can I use the one I have been given and is it fairly straightforward.

    The spare drive I have is a Seagate 500GB
     
  2. gberger

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    Yes, it is easy and straightforward as long as the drive has the same connection as your PC (SATA or IDE). Since SATA has been the standard for a while it should not be an issue unless either your PC or the spare drive are old.
    After that it's just a matter of having an empty bay to put it in, a SATA cable to connect it with, and power connection. You will probably need to initialize the drive.

    Full instructions are here:
    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-install-a-sata-drive-in-a-windows-7-desktop.html

    Good luck, it's actually a very simple process,.
     
  3. mikcrw

    mikcrw Thread Starter

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    Hello, thanks for the responce and for the link. One thing that concerns me is the part about static and screwdriver, it sounds as if this is potentially a big problem if I don't get it right. Are you able to elaborate on this ?

    Thanks
     
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    just touch the metal of the computer case before u work inside a computer (to discharge static electricity)
     
  5. mikcrw

    mikcrw Thread Starter

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    Well opened up the case and there is no extra bay so all for nothing in the end !!
     
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