If you’re a computer user for long, then you need to agree with the fact that you will not find the capacity of your hard disk to be enough in the long run. There comes the need of adding another drive. Now, there is always an option of adding an extra drive. The drive from which the operating system boots is known as the Master and the second drive is known as the Slave, but there will definitely be an extension of the storage capacity of your computer.
If you too need to add another drive, but not sure about the installation process, then this guide could prove to be a great help. Sit back, relax and read on the process to install another hard drive in your computer.
First thing that you need to check is your computer supports IDE or Serial SATA. Usually, the old computers support IDE, but it is always good to use the same kind. If you’re not sure about the kind, then you can open up the drive and know it better.
- Reboot your computer and enter the BIOS setup.
- Go to the ‘IDE Config’ or it could also be named as ‘Standard CMOS Settings’.
- You will have a menu that will display four settings and each of them needs to be changed to ‘Auto-detection’:
1. PRIMARY MASTER
2. AUTO/PRIMARY SLAVE
3. SECONDARY MASTER
4. SECONDARY SLAVE
- Shut down your computer.
- Buy the hard disk with the capacity that you require, but do not forget to match IDE or SATA.
- Now, unplug all the peripherals.
- Have the manual by your side because it is time to unscrew the case. Place all the screws in a safe place, so that you do not lose any of them.
- Pull the side panel out and place it separately.
- Find the place where the flat ribbons are connected to the main board.
- Now, you need to set the jumpers to make your hard disk act as Master or Slave, according to your desire.
- With the help of the screws, mount the hard disk in its slot.
- Now, you need to connect the cables.
- It’s time to connect a Molex power cable. It is a connector that has wires in red, yellow and black colours.
- Fix the side panel back at the computer case and screw it.
- All the unplugged cables have to be re-connected to the respective power supplies.
- Boot your computer and press ‘F10’ to enter the BIOS setup. Here, you can check whether the computer has detected the ot her drive or not.
We believe that this tutorial was helpful and you will not face any issues in adding another hard disk in your computer.
Robert R. is an avid guest blogger who writes on behalf of My Tech Gurus. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the everyday computer user, by helping them with common errors, especially Windows installer errors and slow computer problems. Check out his articles at the Mytechgurus blog.
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