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#1 nav2684

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:19 AM

hello guys.....

I have a desktop pc (id) which is 8 years old. It has a 80gb hard disk, 512 DDR RAM, 2.4 GHz processor & intel board D845GVSR installed and now I want to connect another 160gb hdd with existing 80gb hdd. What is the right procedure to connect them. Should I install a new OS in new hdd? What to do?

Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.... thanx in advance.......

Edited by nav2684, 26 July 2012 - 04:22 AM.


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:01 AM

Hello and :welcome:

:step1: Remove all of the cords and then both panels from your tower. You can find the screws on the back of your PC. Place the panels and screws to the side.

:step2: Remove your current hard drive. Pull the IDE cord, which is the thin, long cord out of the back. Then detach the white power cord connector. There may be two to four screws holding the hard drive in place.

:step3: Choose your master and slave drive. The master drive has the Windows operating system (in your case its your old 80GB drive). This drive should be the smaller GIG size of the two. Only Windows and Program files should run on this drive.

:step4: Change the jumper settings. On the back of both hard drives is a pin set with plastic connectors. The information regarding the jumper settings is on top of the hard drive. As all drives vary, you need to follow the instructions for your hard drive. Set the master and slave drives according to your decision in step 2. Push the jumpers into place with your fingers. Most drives these days also have a Cable Select jumper setting. You can also set both drives to cable select but that will require you to make sure you plug the drives on the right spot on the cable. (as discussed in step 5&6)

:step5: Screw the master hard drive back into the tower. Hook the IDE cable back into the long pin connector on the drive. Plug the white power cord in also. Push firmly as the connections are tight. Make sure you have them snugly into place before continuing.

:step6: Screw the slave drive into the tower near the master. There is a middle connector on the IDE cable; plug that into the slave drive. Take the second white power cord coming from the master hard drive and hook that into the slave.

:step7: Replace both panels of the tower. Then turn on the computer.

Hope that helps...

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:39 AM

Long story short, check on top of your hard drive for master/slave settings

Set the old one to 'Master'

The new one to 'slave'

Take the Cable that goes from mainboard to hard drive,

the one connector at the end goes to the Old HDD

The one connector at the middle goes to the new one.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:17 AM

hello guys.....

I have a desktop pc (id) which is 8 years old. It has a 80gb hard disk, 512 DDR RAM, 2.4 GHz processor & intel board D845GVSR installed and now I want to connect another 160gb hdd with existing 80gb hdd. What is the right procedure to connect them. Should I install a new OS in new hdd? What to do?

Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.... thanx in advance.......


Do you want the 160gb drive to be the C drive? If so you would have to install the OS on it. Your 80gb drive would become a slave drive.

If you want to keep the 80gb drive as the C drive, it's your choice whether or not to install the OS on the 160.

You also have the option of wiping the slave drive, having no OS on it, and using it for storage. If you want to use the 80gb drive as a slave drive with no OS, you will have to move or copy any files and folders you don't want to lose to the new C drive.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:50 AM

thanx for this help guys... but how to format the new 160gb hdd....

Edited by nav2684, 27 July 2012 - 02:52 AM.





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