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anything have to be done in bios when installing a second hard

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December 26, 2011 12:27:31 PM

hello all, i have a quick question that i am sure you can all answers easily. Anyway , my question is there anything i have to do in bios when installing a second hard drive, such as setting anything. I know that with pata hard drives, you have to set it to slave, but do you have to do the same thing with sata or no Sata is the drive format i would use and if this makes any differance, i am using windows 7 . thnaks for your repley anf much apperciated.

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December 26, 2011 12:36:54 PM

No; there are no BIOS settings required. Your system should automatically recognize the 2nd hard drive.
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December 26, 2011 12:40:47 PM

sata just sees a drive in the bios, no settings needed. though there is a chance that the bios will decide to boot from the new drive but that depends on which order they are plugged into the mobo. easily fixed by changing boot priority in bios.

and unless you go back 12 years or more you can just set all pata as cable select and avoid that step of thought.
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December 26, 2011 1:05:46 PM

cmichael138 said:
No; there are no BIOS settings required. Your system should automatically recognize the 2nd hard drive.


can you also answer this for me as well. If i was to get a 300mb harddrive, then how much would you say to set the simple volume. This is asked when formatting
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December 26, 2011 2:55:06 PM

When I install a 2nd HD (usually 500 or 750 GB), I don't partition it into separate volumes. I use mine for storage and such so I see no need to partition.
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December 28, 2011 12:50:04 PM

i always do max. which it normally defauts to. i only set partitions when installing linux.
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