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adding a SATA HDD


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#1 Joetech

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 03:47 PM

Its been a while since I've put in a second HD in a Computer. Then I had IDE drive and had to make one a slave of the other etc. Now I have SATA drives. I did some research and it looks like I just plug in the second drive to the second SATA slot on the MB and turn everything back on. I any running XP Pro SP3. I plan to move 'My documents' to the new drive which I just do by making a switch in the properties of same. Could it be this easy? How this is a Windows computer, nothing ever seems this easy? Got to be more complicated than that. Right? Did I miss something?

Question: how will this effect the names of my drives? Right now they are B:3.5 floppy(just because I had one around when I built the computer)C: for the HD D: is the CD burner and E: is the DVD. Will the new drive become F:? Don't know that it makes any difference.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:39 PM

"Did I miss something? "
Yes. You said plug the SATA cable in to slot 2 but you didnt mention plugging in a power lead.

Then the drive will need to be partitioned and formatted.
You do that under Cotrol Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk management.

Not certain about the drive lettering. That will make a difference if you play any games or run programs that require a disk to be in the tray. If the drive letters shuffle it will be looking for the cd on the wrong drive letter. Try it and see what happens. You can reassign the drive to F in disk management if need be

It really is that easy. Master/slave consideration and jumpers is gone with SATA drives
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:54 PM

moving the my documents folder to the new drive as the defalt location .requires a registry edit or i think this also will work haven't ried it myself ,but did do the regedit change a long while back
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/11/25/change-my-documents-folder-default-location-path-in-xp-and-vista/

Edited by caperjac, 28 March 2011 - 06:57 PM.

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#4 Joetech

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:00 PM

Thanks for the input. Yes I know about the power, just forgot to mention it. thought it goes without saying. I assume my current HD is in slot 1 so I have no choice but SATA 2.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:16 PM

The procedure in the link caperjac posted, will work, and is safer than messing around in the registry.
It's the same procedure I posted here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic381889.html/page__view__findpost__p__2150025
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#6 Joetech

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:57 PM

Just physically installed the new HD. Plugged in the SATA to #2 on the MB. Plugged in the power etc. Restarted and got the message the 'new hardware' was found. Went to 'My Computer' and new HD isn't there. Still shows original HD is the same size. I looked at the BIOS (phoenix) and didn't see anything there to hang anything up. How do I get this to recognize the new HD?

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 03:33 AM

right click on my computer ,click manage /disk management /see if it shows there ,it needs to be formatted before it shows in my computer

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 10:03 AM

disk mamagement is where you need to go. you need to use disk management to "mount" the drive, oftentimes.




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