How to add a hard drive

Level of difficulty: Easy

A hard disk drive often shortened as hard drive is the most popular direct access medium. By direct access we mean that a record can be accessed without having to plod through the preceding records. Although a shift towards optical technology is occurring, the hard disk is still the most common storage device for all computers. Hard disk stores data in tracks and are divided into sectors. Most PCs now come with the hard disk of at least 80 GB and more. The hard disks are sealed in a vacuum chamber and consist of a rigid metal platter of aluminum. Regarding the positives of hard drive, it is just countless. They help in retrieving the individual records from the entire file. Plus the records can be updated readily by writing the new information over the area where the old information was stored. So all these are evident enough to understand the importance of a hard disk.

Materials Needed:
Step 1
Now coming to the steps of adding a hard drive and increase the storage space, it is really easy. A few crucial information about your present hard drive and the availability of space for an extra one is what you need and the rest is as simple as water.
Step 2
Shut down the computer and unplug all the cords.
Step 3
Remove the case screws and set aside the side panel.
Step 4
Visualize properly the connection of the flat ribbons with the main board. The set of pins on the back of the drive- the jumpers are to set properly so that the drive knows how to act- a slave or a master.
Step 5
Then the ribbon cable and the power cable are to be installed respectively.
Step 6
Put the side panel back on computer and put the screws back in and plug all the cables back into the socket.
Step 7
Connecting the power source boots up the computer, and the BIOS starts auto detect and detects the adding of the hard drive. Finally the name of the new hard drive should be seen and the steps are complete.
Step 8
Hard disk has become the primary storage device for PCs because they are convenient and cost effective. In both speed and capacity, they can outperform the floppy’s . So go for added hard drive and benefit yourself with efficient and reliable access to large volumes of data.

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