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Adding a second sata hard drive to a dell optiplex 760

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February 22, 2011 5:46:33 PM

Hello,
I need help with installing a second SATA hardrive to my Dell Optiplex 760. I have it plugged in to the power supply and the motherboard, then restarted my computer, but it's not showing the drive in the list. What else do I need to do?
February 22, 2011 5:50:20 PM

Go to windows device manager listed in the control panel of windows 7 or under "system" in windows xp. At the top of the control panel is a group of small icons. Try clicking on the far right one which detects new devices. Then click underneath in the hardrive listing to see if windows detected it. I also use maxtor's maxblast 5.0 software to prep or clone a new drive. It's a free download. You install it and reboot. Then click on the icon for options.
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February 22, 2011 6:03:57 PM

I tried the device manager...no results. What I am looking at is the fact that I have 2 SATA ports on the motherboard. One is white, marked <SATA2>, the other is black, marked <SATA3>. Which one is the right one to choose?
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February 22, 2011 6:43:50 PM

Doesn't matter SATA3 is backwards compatible with SATA2 devices.
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March 2, 2011 2:16:40 AM

hawksi36 said:
Hello,
I need help with installing a second SATA hardrive to my Dell Optiplex 760. I have it plugged in to the power supply and the motherboard, then restarted my computer, but it's not showing the drive in the list. What else do I need to do?



I resolved the issue by removing the factory-installed jumper from the drive unit, since SATAs do not require one to be MASTER and the other one SLAVE. Once I did this, I rebooted the OS and went into BIOS to add the second drive to the boot sequence. After I did that I rebooted so the OS could recognize the drive, then formatted it from RAW to NTFS. It now works as advertised.
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March 2, 2011 12:57:35 PM

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nice work.
optiplex 760 is a solid unit.
let me know if I can assist you in the future.
or try too... LOL

Thanks. I had 7 IT guys trying to assist me, but they finally said they couldn't assist. I did some research <google> and found similar issues, but in the end, it was trial and error that got my drive operating. "Never say die!" I have no IT degree, just a novice, so I guess you can say "even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while".
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March 5, 2011 5:20:25 PM

Best answer selected by hawksi36.
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March 8, 2011 1:22:56 AM

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How many IT gUYS does it take to add a hdd?

Think you got your answer there

Ummmm...zero? LOL! :o 
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