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Installing a second hard drive into your computer system is easier than it looks. The first thing you need to do is shut down the computer, and take off the case. What you will then want to check to see is if the gray ribbon cable currently plugged into your hard drive is the SAME gray cable plugged into your CD-ROM. If the current hard drive and CD-ROM are on two different cables, there should be an open black connector on the cable hooked into the hard drive.

After taking the new hard drive out of the box, you will want to check the jumper settings listed on the drive (or in the manual) to be in SALVE mode. You will also want to verify the jumper on the old hard drive is in MASTER mode. (Some hard drives have a separate setting for SINGLE and MASTER).

Once all the jumpers are correctly set, slide the drive into an open drive bay designed for a 3.5” drive. If all you have are 5.25” bays open, screw the drive into a bay adapter (these USUSALLY come bundled with the drive, if not they can be purchased). Now look for a free power cable (about an inch wide with colored wires) and plug it into the new drive. It can only go in one way. Now, plug the free black plug on the gray cable into the new drive so that the red line is facing towards the power plug. However, look at the old hard drive and make sure that is set the same way. If the old drive has the red line facing away from the power you may need to do the same for the new one as well.

At this point you should be ready to boot the system back up. A new drive should be listed during the pre-boot sequence where it lists installed hardware. If the new drive does not show up, first double-check all the wires and jumpers. If you are still getting nothing you may need to modify your bios to check for new drives, please consult your manual on how to do that, as it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Now the drive must be set up. Most drives come with a floppy disk you put in the computer, then re-start the computer. The disk will then configure and format the new drive for you. If you receive a drive with no such software, you can do it manually.

From within windows, go to Start/Programs and choose MS-DOS prompt. Then type “fdisk”. When it asks you to enable large disk support choose “Y”. When the menu comes up press the number “5” to choose which drive to modify. Make sure the new drive is selected. Then choose “1” to create a new partition. Tell the program to use all space, and then name it. When it is done, restart the computer.

After rebooting again, go into My Computer. You will be able to see a new drive letter, but will get an error if you click on the drive. Now you need to format it. Right mouse click on the drive letter and choose format. Be sure to choose full. The process can take a while based on the drive size. Once the format is done the drive is ready for use!