How to add a hard disk


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Sooner or later, each computer user faces the question of increasing the memory in the computer, the amount of hard disk memory.

After all, when buying a computer few people pay attention to the size of the hard drive - at that time it is better to invest in RAM or video card.

But in the process of mastering the capabilities of the computer,The amount of accumulated information on the hard disk increases, and the only possibility to save it becomes the acquisition of another hard drive.

You will need

  • Cross and flat thin screwdrivers



But do not rush to the nearest store to buyHard drive. First you need to find out which hard drive you need. Since the time you purchased the computer, it may have been several years, and during this time, the standards for connecting internal and external peripherals could change. With hard disks, that's exactly what happened, the old IDE standard was replaced with modern Serial ATA? Abbreviated SATA, it provides information transmission at a higher speed.

SATA connector


Where can I see which connector forDo you have a hard drive? Option one: find the instructions on the motherboard of your computer. If this is difficult to do, because all the boxes from the apartment after repair have been thrown out for their uselessness, and the instruction, most likely, lay there, then we will go the second way. You are desperate early, the motherboard itself is left behind, it stands in the system unit and is the basis for everything else (processor, RAM, hard disk, etc.).

IDE Connector


To access the motherboard, removeSystem unit or install it so that you have good access inside it. Look at the available connectors on the motherboard better on the left side of the system unit. There is the front side of the motherboard, and on the right side of the system unit is the back of the motherboard. There are no connectors on it. Look at what cable your hard drive is connected to. If it is a wide cable (about 5 cm), then this is the connector of the previous generation IDE, if it is narrow (about 1 cm), then SATA.

IDE and SATA cables


With your hard drive figured out, nowLook at the place where the cable is connected to the motherboard. As a rule, two IDE connectors on the motherboard were made, but due to the possibility of parallel connection to one data-IDE cable of two devices, it is possible to connect four devices. These are optical drives (CD and DVD) and hard drives. If there are two such connectors, and one optical drive and one hard disk are installed, then at least two more hard drives can be connected.

IDE connectors on the motherboard


But with the appearance of connectors of the new standard, the old oneIt did not sink into oblivion, on motherboards of the transition period there are both IDE and SATA connectors. On modern boards, one IDE connector remained, but the SATA connectors (up to 6-8 pcs.) Were added significantly, one device can be connected to one SATA connector, look for them on the motherboard. If they are, then your new hard drive will be faster to exchange information with other devices, which will increase the speed of the computer as a whole. Now you can go to the store for a hard drive.

SATA and IDE connectors on the motherboard


To install it, connect the data-IDE loopOr a SATA cable to the motherboard. Locate the wire with the power connector for the hard drive. They are also different, depending on the type of hard drive. Connect the connectors to the hard drive, and install the disc in the free space on the? Under the primary hard drive. Secure the hard drive with screws or install it on the latches, depending on the type of attachment on the shelf? Your system unit. Install the side panel of the system unit in place and enjoy the ability to store on your computer even a whole library of data.

Connecting a Hard Drive

How to add a hard disk Was last modified: May 23rd, 2017 By Rupvyilc
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