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Marcus

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Installing a second HD
« on: January 26, 2007, 07:57:13 am »
I'm sure that for most of you have installed a hard drive before.  But I haven't. :)

I have a 300 Gig SATA that has been sitting for a year now.  I would like to install it this weekend as a second drive. 

Question one.  I have a power lead that connects to my current drive.  The power lead extends into another connection.  Would it be OK to use this second plug to power my second drive?

Question two.  What do I do beyond buying the data cable to connect the drive to the motherboard?

I have an ancient Intel D915GAG Motherboard, and an Antec 500w power supply.

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Any tips or warnings are welcome and appreciated.

[SJ]Satain

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2007, 08:00:59 am »
So i take it the data cable is IDE? and in most cases your other hard drive should have an IDE cable with another part coming out, this should be your slave cable, its slightly slower than the master but i can't so noticeably. And yes your other power cable should do fine. If yours doesn't have a spare IDE cable then i have no idea what to from there sorry.

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2007, 08:14:07 am »

[SJ]dirtyvfr

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2007, 08:35:21 am »
ok

so you are running at sata atm and are going to add another sata drive, just plug them it and it should work, you might need to set a jumper on the second drive so it doesn't read the boot sector or something like that, ie slave.

mixing IDE and Sata works fine, but can get a few problems, depending on what one you boot from.

basically plug it in and see what happens, you can't damage anything !

 

 

Marcus

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2007, 08:37:23 am »
You are right Gogs.  The first drive is a SATA as well.  I'll pick up the data cable tomorrow.  Do I need to ask for anything specific?  Or are all SATA data cables similar.

[SJ]dirtyvfr

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2007, 08:50:34 am »
not sure, think sata cables are all the same, but get a different colour if you can !, other people will have much more ken than me on sata stuff,  depends if you are going to run the drive on another channel or daisy chain it off of the existing drive, take the cable off of you existing drive and remember what channel you removed it from and try it in a few holes, if it fits into all the holes, ie the new drive and the old drive's daisy chain hole then take it to shop with you.

[SJ]Sh1te R1der

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2007, 06:10:51 pm »
i run all sata (3 HDD) and there is no jumper setting as far as i'm aware... is just plug and play, but the drive will need to be formatted for windows to see it... disconnect your main drive, connect new drive then boot with the windows cd in the drive... go through the routine as if you are going to install windows... when the windows install asks if you want to format the drive, click yes (NTFS Quick)... when windows finishes the format it will try to continue the install, but you should abort this (press the power off button to shut down pc)... reconnect your system drive and boot up as normal (obviously changing back to the HDD a first boot in the BIOS - or remove the windows cd from the DVD Drive)... when windows kicks in you should see the second drive in my computer... just open it up and delete any files that windows managed to squeeze on before you aborted the install... job done... takes about 5 minutes max :salute:

[SJ]hybuc2

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2007, 07:11:38 pm »
A bootable norton partiton magic 8.05 or hiren,s boot cd or ubcd4win is the way to go if you wish to format/partition etc no mention of raid or if the drive has a 4 pin molex power connector and sata power connector or just the  sata power connector as drives on the market(hence 4 pin molex to sata power lead maybe required if not spare on psu) vary,hope this helps marc. :coffee:

Marcus

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2007, 04:38:35 am »
Here's what I've done so far.

I used the second power connector that is extending from drive #1 to supply drive #2.

I purchased a data cable, and connected it to the motherboard.

When I fired up the PC windows recognized the drive, but I cannot see it in my computer.  But I can view the device in BIOS and it shows that it is enabled.

Any help is welcome.  Because I am lost now.

UPDATE:

Found, and installed a copy of Partition Magic.  It recognized the second disk drive as "Disk 2".  I created a "partion" on disk two, and assigned it a letter.  I am now able to move files into the new drive. 

My question is this.  Will I be able to backup my files on my new drive this way.  Then reinstall windows on my primary drive.  Then come back, and be able to access my backed up files with no problem?
« Last Edit: February 11, 2007, 05:10:21 am by SJ_ANiMAL »

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2007, 05:40:17 am »
Yep, should go fine. if you are unsure you can always disconnect the hd with backup files when installing windows.

[SJ]volvo745

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2007, 02:35:29 pm »
I use to have a windows on my sec drive....so if i have some probs with some files or windows crash i go to next drive and install..I dont have to put in any disc......no probs work great......good luck.

Per...... :)

[SJ]hybuc2

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2007, 09:56:03 pm »
marcus use norton ghost to make a backup image on any drive other than primary

Marcus

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Re: Installing a second HD
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2007, 10:24:59 pm »
Alrighty, that was easy.  :biggrin:  Just something I had never done.  But was simple as making a sandwich...  mmm... sandwich.