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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Hi,
Would it be ok for a non-technie like myself to attempt to install a second SATA (Seagate) drive into my PC?

Currently I have a full SATA Seagate 160GB and would like to get at least a 320 or 500 and move my picture library to the second drive.

It's a fairly new machine, so I would expect my motherboard and power supply to support more than 1 SATA drive (but will check this before buying).

From an initial search, I would this article: http://www.smartcomputing.com/Editorial/article.asp?article=articles/2004/w1510/07w02/07w02.asp

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That article makes it look a lot harder than it is.

If you get an OEM Sata drive (bulk, with no box or cables), it works out cheaper. Only thing is you'd need to buy a Sata cable if you don't already have a second one. They are dirt cheap though.

Slide/screw the drive into one of the drive bays. Look for the sata ports on your motherboard, plug the one end of the cable into the drive, the other into the board. Plug in a power source from the Power supply.

All you need to do once your pc is up and running is to go to 'device manager' (right click 'my computer' in your start menu and click manage) then click on 'disk management', where you can format the disk.

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:39 pm 
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I think that anyone can install a hard drive, its nor complicated and there ar not much steps to do it.

If your PSU doesnt have more than 1 sata connection you can buy a Sata adapter, this will turn the one standard jack of the PSU to a sata.

Motherboards these days have "at least" 2 sata connections, but the standard is 4, so i dont think that will be a problem.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 1:00 pm 
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Thank you !!

I'll have a go myself.

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