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adding a new hard drive to my Hp pavillion a867c


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#1 triggerhappypappy

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 01:30 AM

A friend of mine recently moved and gave me a computer. I am thinking about adding the hard drive to my Hp pavillion a867c which has 250 gb presently. The hard drive is western digital, WD expert 205BA. It will give me about 20 extra GB. I am just wondering if this would be a good idea or is it too much trouble than its worth? thanks
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 08:09 AM

If all you want is more space, it looks like you can do it. Here is an upgrade manual:

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00230511.pdf


But I wouldn't replace the one you have. For the time and trouble, it is not worth it.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 12:13 PM

You said "add", but then you only mention a gain of 20GB. I have 20GB drives which I use, but I use them as boot drives and only put XP and programs installed on them. I use my larger drives for storage only.

Adding a drive is easy and useful. If nothing else, you can begin to do (and save) periodic backups with a greater feeling of security, as opposed to having all your data/programs, etc. on one hard drive.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 03:28 PM

so you think its not worth the trouble? im not sure what you meant.But if anything, I could use them in the manner you stated on your reply. Really I just wanted to know if it was possible without causing serious damage to my system. Thank you for your time and help!
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 05:04 PM

The only problem I see is that the power supplies they put in those units are designed for what is there when it leaves the factory. Another hard drive shouldn't tax it too much but to be prudent, you might want to calculate what you need for a power supply and see if you have it.

Here is one of many:

http://www.journeysystems.com/?power_supply_calculator

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:01 AM

The manufacturers aren't going to install much more than what is needed for a PSU, but there's usually enough for the addition of another optical drive or hdd, we're only talking about mA for a current draw.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 07:47 PM

I will have to put this idea on hold,because I am having a hard time removing some trojans and the like.Not really sure what I have.My antivirus (Mcafee) is of no use.All I can say is they are getting smarter and harder to remove. As soon as I am clean I will get back to this!
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