Solved Installing SATA HDD Tags: Hard Drives SATA Storage Last response: March 13, 2011 8:43 PM in Storage Share untested March 1, 2011 8:46:22 PM Hi All Just picked up a 2nd hand HDD which I plan to use for storing multimedia (movies, Music etc). Due to the instability of my fiscal situation (I have no money to pay EXPENSIVE technicians lol) I'm going to attempt to install this myself. I have little (none) hardware experience...... Can someone give me a heads up on any precautions I need to take to avoid frying my new HDD or my computer? The drive appears to have both IDE and SATA connectors, which should I use? There is a free SATA port on the MOBO and I have a SATA cable. There also appears to be a free output from the power supply. I understand taking the time to answer basic questions like this is painful but your help will be greatly appreciated. More about : installing sata hdd Best solution tecmo34 a c 143 G Storage March 2, 2011 12:06:29 AM 1) Turn off your PSU and unplug it from the computer 2) Connect the hard drive to an open slot in your case. 3) Connect the SATA cable to your motherboard than your hard drive. 4) Connect the SATA power connector to your hard drive. 5) Plug the PSU back in, turn it back on and boot your PC back. After you install the drive, follow this thread to get the hard drive seen in MY COMPUTER... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265764-32-guide-insta... untested March 13, 2011 8:41:41 PM Best answer selected by untested. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer untested March 13, 2011 8:43:43 PM Thanks so much for this reply. Have just installed my new 1.5TB drive (following your instructions) with no dramas and i'm busy loading CD after CD of photos onto it now..... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumInstalling my orig. IDE HDD (as Primary) in a HP Comp/Mobo w/ SATA HDD ForumIssue with XP installing ....maybe HDD SATA ForumInstalling a 3rd SATA internal HDD when master & slave are IDE ForumInstalling XP SATA HDD on NEW HP Computer Question ForumInstalling New SATA HDD and OS with old IDE HDD and OS Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] isk-system ForumSata 1 Terabyte HDD having pblm on installing W2K ForumGA-EP45-DS3L MoBo - installing 2nd SATA HDD , BIOS won't detect ForumFirst time installing SATA HDD . Driver question. ForumNeed help installing XP Pro with SATA HDD ForumZ77 Extreme 6 Motherboard Sata HDD Windows Install Problem. HELP!! Foruminstalling windows 2000 professional on SATA II hdd ForumTrouble installing a new SATA HDD Forumconnecting an SATA hdd and installing a partition ForumOnt install ide hdd on SATA host ForumESATA to SATA Cable - HDD not detected ForumTo RAID or not to RAID, backup advice. ForumInstalling New SATA HDD and OS with old IDE HDD and OS ForumFirst time installing SATA HDD. Driver question. More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !