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Windows 7: Installing HD

17 Nov 2010   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Installing HD

For the first time I am going to install a second HD and have some questionss. == I have read a website and it seems that it is a matter of putting the data and power cords on, screwing the HD to the bay and power up. Windows will detect new hardware and prompt me through the installation process. == Is that all there is to it or have I missed something?


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17 Nov 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Jim,

Usually that's all there is to it.

If the new HDD is RAW, then you may also need to open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc), right click on it's actual Disk #, and click on Initialize if it doesn't prompt you to initialize it first when you open Disk Management. Afterwards, you would just need to format it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Nov 2010   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Is it IDE or SATA HD ?
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17 Nov 2010   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Is it IDE or SATA HD ?
SATA
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17 Nov 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Just connect the SATA data cable to an unused SATA port on the MB & the power cord to the HD.
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17 Nov 2010   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks to both of you for your help.
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17 Nov 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

You're most welcome Jim. I'm glad that we could help.
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17 Nov 2010   #8
tezlewis

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Windows will prompt for the drive to be formatted but that is standard and should be done. At that point it will run the autorun window and is a workable drive.
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17 Nov 2010   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I have one more question. == Inside my case, there are alot of wires coming from my power supply. Would you think there should be a SATA wire available and would I have to purchase one?
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17 Nov 2010   #10
kodi

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Some sata drives have the old molex connectors as well as the sata power plug.
If not you can just purchase a molex to sata converter (only costs a couple of dollars)
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