How to add hard disk to desktop

December 25, 2007 at 07:42:48
Specs: vista, athlon 64 x2 6000 / 2 gb

I have a HP desktop, and I'd like to add my second hard disk inside the case. The only problem is I have no clue how to place it inside, there is not enough room to just slide it in. Anyone has any experience with these kinds of HP desktops? Thanks!

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December 25, 2007 at 08:01:59
Do we mean physically placing it into the case? If so your going to have to find a space maybe resorting to some foam and cable ties? Unless you have a free 5.25inch bay in which you can buy a converter for it:

Or if your handy, you could probably make it out of sheet steel or aluminum in a workshop or garage.
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December 25, 2007 at 08:17:05
I assume that you mean that there is not enough room to slide your old HD into the metal bay, not that there are not enough bays available, right? Standard procedure (as I am sure you know) is to open the side panel of the case and slide the HD into an open bay from the inside. I have worked on units that are so poorly laid out that there is no room to do this. I have had to remove the front cover and slide the drive in from the front. Yes, this can be a pain and sometimes the front bays of HDs are covered so this isn't possible. Sometimes I have had to remove the power supply in order to have room to slide in the drive. Sometimes I had to unplug several cables from optical drives and HDs, the replug back in. Once I got disgusted, took a flat-billed tin snip and cut the metal side off one bay, and slid the drive in that way, and fastened it with two screws from the other side (you must remove the other side panel)OR you can fasten it with self-stick velcro. I Googled that unit, but as usual they only use the stock front view, there are no open-case views to see. Another reason I build my own. :0) Wish you the best-use your imagination!

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December 30, 2007 at 19:20:19
when I added a second hard disk into my compaq I had to remove a front panel audio connector. It completely blocked the drive bay for the second harddisk. Did you read the manual for the HP? The sound connector was hidden underneath the front panel and no mention was made in my manual. When I did that my sound stopped working. I found I could put jumpers on the sound connector headers and my sound came back.

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