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#1 Lance1992

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:30 PM

Basically I'm looking to add another hdd to my computer. It is a slightly old computer, so I'm not sure if it's an IDE or sata connection and not quite sure how to find out. I've looked through the Internet on how to set up a new internal hdd aswell but can't seem to find that either, if anybody could provide any links for information on what I'm looking for I'd appreciate it. I also have a few pictures of the inside of the computer if anybody could look at them and help me figure out if I need an IDE or sata hdd or if I need additional cables etc. Yes I am a noob at trying to install a hdd if you haven't figured out already haha, thanks for any helpAttached File  image.jpg   197.5KB   0 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   129.17KB   0 downloads

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:42 PM

those are sata connecters.
each drive will have its own sata connection.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 01:14 AM

those are sata connecters.
each drive will have its own sata connection.

 The connectors in the photos are clearly SATA connectors, so adding a second SATA drive shouldn't be difficult. Just plug in the data cable (skinny red cable) and a power cable. Even if your power supply is short of SATA connectors, you can buy Molex to SATA converters cheap. Once the drive is installed, boot into Windows, open Control Panel, select Administrative Tools, open Computer Management, then go to Disk Management. From there you can format and/or partition the new drive.


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#4 Lance1992

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:05 AM

Thanks for the replies, the wires showed in the picture are already taken up for the existing harddrive though. Any idea what type of new cables I'd have to buy if that's possible etc?

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:34 PM

You will need to buy a SATA data lead, preferably the straight ended one like you already have ( there is also a right angle ended one ) and you will need to find a spare SATA power connector on your power supply loom, and Slgrieb has said adapters are readily available if there isn't a spare connector on the loom.

 

And you will need a vacant SATA socket on the mobo for the data lead. Most mobos have at least four, so you shouldn't have a problem there.

 

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