Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:41 AM
Okay here we go!!!!!!
1. Yes you can replace the HD with a bigger one. Yes all of your data will be stuck on the old drive. By using cloning software, like acronis true image, you can transfer all of your old drive over to the new one.
2. adding a second drive is very simple. There is no danger of losing data on the old drive. however this will not help with the shrinking space on the first drive unless you can transfer some of the files over. Things like music, video, pictures, and documents are easily moved but this will not help if the majority of your problem is program related.
To add a drive you will need to determine the type IDE or SATA, purchase the drive(preferably something in the 500GB range), Physically add it to the computer when it is turned off, start the computer, right click my computer, properties, manage, disk management, right click the new drive (the one that is all greyed out), create a new partition using the whole size of the drive, use the quick format ntfs file system and your done!
Adding the drive is really simple the cables only plug in one way, one data and one power. If it is IDE there are jumpers that need to be set and checked. If it is SATA then you can just plug it in.
I know this is pretty general sounding but I just wanted to give you an idea of the process not write a book. If you are still considering doing this yourself I would be glad to help and we can get specific by picking one option over the other. Personally I would choose the option to replace the original drive and clone the old info on to it. You will end up with more space and a better performing computer from it.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.