Adding a Hard Drive

I have a 7.85GB hard drive. I want to add a 2GB harddrive for nothing but music i get from KaZaA. Can anyone help me to do this in detail. I have done quite a bit with my computer but i have never done a piggy back before.

thanx in advance
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  2. that site is more on formating the drive. got one for installing a harddrive?

  3. Well, okay. I figured that preparing the file system on the drive was the hard part.

    Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver and a flashlight. Perhaps an anti-static wrist strap if you own one. Your choice.

    Note: Please do all assembly in an area that does not promote static electricity. Don't do this while walking around on a carpet, for example.

    1.) Check the IDE cable. It needs to have three connectors. One end goes in the mainboard ... the other in the primary drive, and the one in-between on the new slave drive. If you only see two connectors, and they are already occupied, you'll need to purchase a new cable. I also suggest that you check the power supply cables, and make sure that an extra 4-pin connector is available. If not, you should be able to purchase an small adapter cable to add an additional connector.

    Note: If you do not find an available power supply connector, you should give some serious thought to replacing the PSU before installing the drive.

    I also suggest that you draw yourself a diagram while you have the case open, and document all connections for all the devices in the computer. It never hurts to have a reference, especially if space inside the case is cramped, and you must disconnect several devices in order to install the drive. Guessing at the correct assembly is not recommended.

    2.) Go to the manufacturer's website, and take a few notes on the specifications of the drive, such as the number of cylinders, platters, tracks, jumper settings, etc. This may also be printed on the drive.

    3.) Ground yourself by touching a metal area in the can or the PSU. Then unplug the power cord from the computer and disconnect any power going to the mainboard. There might be a switch on the back of your PSU for this purpose.

    4.) Check the jumper settings on the primary drive, and make sure that they are for Master, not Cable Select. You can change them to Cable Select at a later time, if you so choose, and you wish to have the option of making either drive bootable from the BIOS. Take note of the positioning of the IDE cable, and the color-coding of the power supply connector.

    5.) Take the drive out of the anti-static bag. Hold it by the edges <i>only</i>. Don't touch the bottom of the drive, by any means.

    6.) Refer to your documentation, and set the jumpers to the proper Slave configuration. You may see a printed area on the drive that has the instructions for this.

    7.) Place it in the drive bay and screw it in. Place the screws in diagonally. Make them tight, but not <i>too</i> tight. You can damage the drive by over-tightening ... but you also don't want the drive to be flopping around in the bay.

    Note: If the drive is removable, be certain that it is completely back in position after installing the drive. Certain systems will not boot if the drive bay is not installed correctly.

    8.) Attach the IDE cable. It will only fit one way. You'll notice that there is a red stripe on one edge of the cable. Make sure that this stripe is facing the same direction as it was when attached to the primary drive, if you must remove it temporarily.

    9.) Attach the 4-pin power connector. Draw the connector snug against the ends of the 4 small wires so that it is easier to install. Be careful not to bend a pin. Again, this connector can only fit one way ... so don't force it. Be sure that it is completely in the socket when you are finished.

    10.) Leave the case open. Reattach the power cord to the computer, and turn on the PSU. Boot the system.

    11.) Go immediately to the BIOS, and auto-detect the drive. Check that the correct specifications for the drive are displayed, including the PIO mode. If not, set them manually. Normally, the BIOS should detect the drive without difficulty. If not ... you may require a BIOS upgrade.

    12.) Proceed to FDISK the drive, and then FORMAT as described in the previous link.

    If everything is correct, close up the case ... and congratulate yourself on a successful installation. Download a few files, access them to make sure the drive is running smoothly, and enjoy.



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