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June 24, 2014 1:56:13 PM

Hi, I am upgrading my PC, and have bought a Samsung SSD for my OS and main games
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I have also bought a new HD for main files...
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I have a Gigabyte Z77 D3h Rev 1.1 MOBO, am I right in thinking I need 2 x of these cables to install them?
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Also is it quite simple to install them as I wish...

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June 24, 2014 1:59:46 PM

Yip SATA cables are what you need (though you should only need one as your existing hard drive would be SATA) and provided you can use a screwdriver installation is easy :) 
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June 24, 2014 2:02:17 PM

The linked cables SATA3 which is what you need. Be careful not to buy SATA2 cables or you may not get the speed you want out of that SSD.
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June 24, 2014 2:03:33 PM

Yes, you will need two SATA cables to connect two hard drives.

Also make sure your PSU has the power plugs for both aswell. (Pretty much every psu on the market can support at least 2 HDD, so it shouldn't be a problem.)
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June 24, 2014 2:04:41 PM

Yes you will need 2 SATA cables to install both of these drives, you are correct. Normally though, most motherboards I have seen will come with these cables. Do you have your motherboard, or are you waiting for it to be shipped to you? If you already have it, maybe check the box to see if you missed the cables.

They are pretty simple to install. Personally I don't know how to do a "dual drive" system, so I won't be much help. But I can tell you that installing an HDD is really simple, and from what I hear, an SSD is pretty much the same.

It depends if you're booting from a disc, or USB drive. But basically for a single HDD, you go into your BIOS, make sure you select the appropriate boot device (USB if you're using that, or Optical drive, if using a disc), then boot up, run windows installation, and you will now have windows on the drive.
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June 24, 2014 2:05:00 PM

Thanks people, I'll probably be back here in a month when I've screwed it up!
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June 24, 2014 2:05:54 PM

Yes, just those SATA cables and you're good to go. Usually most Motherboards will give you about 4-8 or so (not sure the exact numbers) SATA ports. So you should be fine.

If you need a video on how to install an SSD, here is one. You can also find others from the side video, and also look up Hard Drive installation, but it should be practically the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JOxKSkkdMM
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