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self install new hard-drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MRBEE, Jan 16, 2002.

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  1. MRBEE

    MRBEE Thread Starter

    Nov 2, 2001
    My current hard-drive is starting to get full. I would like to replace it with a larger one. My question is this: is this something pretty difficult to do, or can a neophyte get it done?

    The only thing I've done under the cover is to add RAM. That, of course, is really simple. How about a hard-drive?
  2. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
    Physically install in the machine, set the jumper accordingly, probably slave on the same cable as your current drive if possible.
    Plug in ide cable and power cable.
    Plug machine back in, boot up and enter your bios, set the ide channel to autodetect or manually detect the new drive, it should find the correct parameters, etc. save, exit and reboot to dos prompt, You will then need to fdisk the drive to create the partition or multiple partitions, when done partitioning you will need to format all partitions.
    See this article from microsoft about using fdisk

    Make sure your fdisk and format the right drive, you will be able to see the size of the drive in fdisk to verify it's the right one

    After that the drive should come with some installation software that should allow you to copy your old drive to the new drive, once that's done you simply need to change the jumpers to make the new drive master and old slave, etc.

    Once you know it's working you can format the old drive in windows to clean it up and use if for storage etc.

    Some of the installation software will even do the partitioning and formatting for you. Read the instructions.

    It's not that hard, as long as you have an open ide connector to hook up to.

    Post back any further question you have.
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