setting up a 2nd hard drive

Hewlett-packard / A1646x
April 13, 2009 at 09:36:16
Specs: winxp, amd 1.00GHz,1GB ram
I wanting to add a 2nd hard drive into my computer, just to store my music and pictures. I have one thats about 300GB.Is there a tutorial out there some where on how to do this.I don't want to put any programs on this hard drive just the above.

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April 13, 2009 at 10:02:56
Just format it, if it isnt already. Make sure to set the pin into the SLAVE position. Then hook it up.

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April 13, 2009 at 10:03:59
Looking at your computer specs tells me you have extra SATA I connectors for additional hard drives. The issue before buying a hard drive is to verify the drive is SATA and it is backward compatible to SATA I speeds because your controllers are SATA I and virtually all new SATA drives are SATA II.

Most are backward compatible using a jumpe on the back of the drive. Additionally, most controllers will just adjust to the drive. However you still must be cautious when buying a drive because SOME will ONLY work on SATA II controllers.

The installation instructions can be found by Googling for the phrase "how to add a SATA hard drive to my computer" without the quotes. Below is one example.

A couple of tips to follow. First one is to be sure to exercise static electricity precautions. You can do that the following way. Leave your computer plugged in but shut off the power switch on the back of the power supply in the case. If you have no switch (some don't) then you must unplug the computer. Before entering the case be sure to touch a metal part of the case to discharge any static in your body. Goes for handling the drive too.

If you live in the USA or Canada then I recommend buying the drive from Post the model of the drive you are considering for help with the compatibility thing I mentioned above.

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April 22, 2009 at 08:38:37
I have a sata hard drive in the one I'm wanting to put the extra hard drive in and I'll have to check to see if it's has a second plug. Also the drive I'm wanting to add is a extra hard drive from another computer I had, but it isn't a sata drive. Can I still do this if there is a second plug. Thanks!!!

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April 22, 2009 at 08:45:15
If the second hard drive is not SATA then connect it to a spare IDE connection.

There are adapters available but they don't always work.

You should have at least one IDE ATA controller on that motherboard. Your original post was 9 days ago so I no longer have your specs available and don't have time to look at this time. If you are removing a drive from on old computer you can see what type of connector and cable is in use. Look for that same stuff on your new computer.

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April 22, 2009 at 11:45:42
Thanks again... I was working out of town and don't have a whole lot of time to do this...Thanks again...!!! I'll give this a try.

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