Author Topic: Installing a Second Internal HDD  (Read 1370 times)

Offline amstuart

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Installing a Second Internal HDD
« on: January 05, 2011, 09:05:27 AM »
Hi:

I am running a Gateway desktop system with a Western Digital HDD which is running out of room. My OS is Win XP Home. I have a bay for a second internal HDD. I was wondering if a new, formatted Western HDD (40 GB) can be installed in this desktop system as a mere storage device, or when a second HDD is installed as a Slave the OS has to be installed on it also? I want to make use of this FREE (!!) HDD and not just purchase an external back-up drive for extra storage capacity.

Thank you.

Adam

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Re: Installing a Second Internal HDD
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011, 09:35:12 AM »
You can absolutely install the drive for storage only. Just make sure the jumper setting on the drive is either set on slave or cable select (this may not work depending on the computer) and then hook it up and power up the computer. It will show up as a totally empty harddrive. This will probably change the drive letter of your CD/DVD drives as well as any memory card reader slots.

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Offline amstuart

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Re: Installing a Second Internal HDD
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011, 10:01:41 AM »
Awesome: thanks Hoov.

Adam

 

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