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How To: Installing a New Hard Drive



Mon, 26 Mar 2007 10:50:54 +0000



Okay you have just purchased a new hard drive and you want to add it as a second drive. Now you might be wondering how you would go about that? Well this should leave you with no doubt about what you need to do.

For a second IDE hard drive you need to change the jumper setting from Master to Slave with Master Present. Details of how to do this are on the product label on top of the hard drive. This is not necessary for SATA drives.

Installing the drive in the case.

These step will work no matter id it’s a IDE or SATA drive the process is exactly the same. The actual mounting of the drive will be decided by the type of drive and the cables (SATA or IDE) used to connect it to the motherboard. It’s as simple as of taking the side of your case off, placing the drive in a spare drive bay and fixing it in place. Next you will need to connect the data cable (SATA or IDE)

and then the power cable. Be careful not to touch the circut board on the back of the drive as the static electricity can damage it. Some drive’s will have a protective cover but most will not, so just be careful and try and hold the drive by it’s side when possible.

Starting the computer.

Before you place the side panle back on do a test boot. This is done by turning on the computer and seeing if the BIOS on the motherboard detects the new drive.

(You may have to make a BIOS change if the drive is not detected).

Setting up the Drive.

The drive should have had a low level form at when shipped by the manufacturer. Therefore the drive will need to be “high level” formatted into the configuration you want. In the early days drive would come unformateed and you would have o do a full format which would add time and unnecessary complexity to the install. MS Xp uses NTFS as it’s normal file system. This can be setup by booting into Windows and going to “My Computer” and finding

the new drive. Right click, properties, Tools and select format. It will ask you which file system you would like to format the drive too, choose NTFS. Click start and let it do it’s thing. This could take a while depending on the size of the drive.

Once the format has been finished restart your computer and then find the drive again. It should show up as D:/ or whatever name you selected. Be aware that adding an extra hard drive might change the letter of existing drives. eg. your CD dive used to be D: it may now be E: and so on.

Thats how easy it should be but when it comes to computer nothing is as easy as it should be.

Hard Drive Format Trouble Shooting

If you drive is still formated or needs to be formatted in FAT32 then windows may not see the drive size any bigger then 120GB. This problem should be fixed by installing Service Pack 2 and maybe in the extreme case you may need to update your BISO but i will leave that one for another day. Occasionally your drive may need a further format as your XP install may not recognise it.

Turn of your computer and check all cables, restart and get into BIOS, make sure the drive is detected. You may need to download a boot cd for you operating system to format this drive before you install it as a slave to your original drive.

If you still can’t detect your hard drive then remove the jumper completely. Disconnect your C: drive and connect the new hard drive then reboot your computer.

Check your BIOS setting is on Auto Detect and reboot.

If it still doesn’t work then it has a ver god chance of being a faulty drive and will need to be returned to the place you purchased it.

Setting up as a new C:

Now check the jumper setting is set to be a Master, Install the drive into a drive bay. Connect the cables, data cable and then the power cable. Start the PC and check boot screen detects the new hard drive. You should get an error message on the screen saying that “No Operating System Found”. Open your cd drive insert your Windows CD and restart your computer. Then go thru the normal install process and pick Format as NTFS.

Now you should have a brand new C: drive.




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