Help page for hard drives
If your computer has a SATA connector (ie. motherboard has a
SATA connector, it may be a good idea to go for a SATA hard drive. They are cheaper and
perform better and also in a future upgrade you can re-use the hard drive. See the
below images for the SATA connectors on the motherboard .
connector on motherboard (This is about 10mm long x 5mm wide) (Enlarged view )
Connectors on the hard drive (Image from a Western Digital hard drive )
image with SATA connectors. (See the small red connectors on the bottom left side of the
How to Install a SATA Hard drive
||Step 1: Shut down the computer and Switch off from the
wall. Remove the hard drive from packing and mount it in the case in a
suitable place. Make sure there is plenty of space for ventilation above the drive
as well as below the hard disk drive. Screw in the hard drive in place using correct
size screws. Screws should not be too long as it may damage the drive. Recommended hard
disk drive screw length is 5mm.
|Step 2: Connect the SATA Data cable one end to the motherboard. It should
click into the motherboard.
||Step 3: Connect the other end of the SATA cable to the hard disk drive.
|Step 4: Connect the power connector to the hard disk drive. If you have
only older type connectors coming from the power supply, you can buy an adaptor cable to
convert it to SATA power.
|Step 5: Switch on the computer and at the first sign of letters on screen
press <DEL> key or other appropriate key to go into BIOS screen. (Some brand name
computers may use <F2> or other key combinations. You may be able to see which key
to get in to setup on the first screen you see. Do not worry if you cannot see that. It
should automatically recognise and register as far as hardware is concerned.
||Step 6: If the new drive is the only drive , you have to install Windows
or other operating system on the drive. Follow the instructions for the operating system
book. If it is the secondary hard disk drive, partition and format the drive as you
List of guides on how to install a new hard drive
Download the pdr file from Western Digital web site on how to install SATA hard drive.
Seagate also has a installation guide , but very brief at
If you are installing an IDE style hard drive, there is an interesting
article at http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/install-hard-drive.htm
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