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Solved: Installing another hard drive

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  1. jamesaitchy1967

    jamesaitchy1967 Thread Starter

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    Hi there ive got an old hard drive hitachi deskstar and was wondering if i could install it into my computer and use it to store videos ect





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  2. etaf

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    you should be able to

    you will probably have an IDE drive although possible a SATA
    download one of the following configuration programs and that should give the information on harddrives you have and available

    http://www.belarc.com

    SIW - System Information for Windows
    http://www.gtopala.com/

    http://www.piriform.com/speccy

    Assuming its an IDE drive and you have a spare connector on the ribbon cable (and its not used for the CD/DVD otherwise you will need a cable and use IDE2) - you need to connect the driver to that connector - but also need to look at the jumper settings on the existing drive to see if set to Master or CableConnect
    you then set the drive to slave

    i'll find some pictures
    or you could get a case and connect as USB

    IDE info
    http://www.easeus.com/resource/install-ide-hard-drive.htm
    http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos/howto_connect_ide_hd.html
    http://video.about.com/pcsupport/SecondIDEharddrive.htm

    SATA
    http://www.buildeasypc.com/hw/howto/install_sata_hard_drive.htm
    http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=98835
    http://www.ehow.com/video_4444767_connect-serial-ata-hard-drives.html
     
  3. jamesaitchy1967

    jamesaitchy1967 Thread Starter

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    thanks etaf for answering my question will have a look at those links and will give it a go
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Generally, all you need to do is connect the drive, boot up, and go to Disk Management to partition and format the drive.

    If it is a SATA, there are no jumers to set. Just plug it in.

    If it is an old IDE (flat ribbon cable), you should set the jumper according to the map on the side or top of the drive.

    I would highly suggest removing current partitions and making new ones while you have this chance (unless, of course, there are files on the drive that you want to keep).
     
  5. jamesaitchy1967

    jamesaitchy1967 Thread Starter

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    Well thats me up and running thanks very much for your help got some extra storage now for free. havent restarted it yet mind you
     
  6. jamesaitchy1967

    jamesaitchy1967 Thread Starter

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    removed all partitions and used the full disc for storage that wont be a problem will it
     
  7. etaf

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    your welcome (y) thanks for letting us know
    You can mark your own threads solved using the [​IMG] button at the top of the page of the thread in the upper left corner. :)
     
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    no
     
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