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Windows 7: Adding new hard disk

26 Jan 2012   #1
iksyaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Adding new hard disk

I'm using a seagate barracuda 80gb sata hard disk right now, and I have a new same hard disk with 500gb storage.

if you want to know my system specs. i can tell.
i use pentium 4 3.2GHz processor (very old )
my motherboard is asus p5vd2-mx
2gb ram

any comments, ideas are highly appreciated.

btw, i've read something about hard disk, i saw a modification like SATA0, SATA1, etc. but i'm not that knowledgeable with those things.


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26 Jan 2012   #2
iksyaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

i don't wanna lose the files in my 80gb hard drive.
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26 Jan 2012   #3
smarteyeball

 
 

You're simply adding the new drive aren't you? If so you simply plug it in and attach the power and sata cable to it. (Turn PC off first )

Nothing else to it. It won't affect your existing 80GB drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iksyaj View Post

btw, i've read something about hard disk, i saw a modification like SATA0, SATA1, etc. but i'm not that knowledgeable with those things.
That simply refers to the motherboards sata ports physical locations

If your motherboard has 4 sata ports, then:

Sata0 is the first port
Sata1 is the second
Sata2 is the third etc
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26 Jan 2012   #4
ddadda82

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

You need a new SATA cable. I'm not sure if it came with the new harddisk you bought, as different product different package.

You simply need to plug the cable into the motherboard slot and plug the other end into your new HDD. That should do.
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26 Jan 2012   #5
iksyaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
You're simply adding the new drive aren't you? If so you simply plug it in and attach the power and sata cable to it. (Turn PC off first )

Nothing else to it. It won't affect your existing 80GB drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iksyaj View Post

btw, i've read something about hard disk, i saw a modification like SATA0, SATA1, etc. but i'm not that knowledgeable with those things.
That simply refers to the motherboards sata ports physical locations

If your motherboard has 4 sata ports, then:

Sata0 is the first port
Sata1 is the second
Sata2 is the third etc
so i'm thinking of a more complicated thing. )
thanks, would my 500gb be the slave? and 80gb as the master? is that so?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ddadda82 View Post
You need a new SATA cable. I'm not sure if it came with the new harddisk you bought, as different product different package.

You simply need to plug the cable into the motherboard slot and plug the other end into your new HDD. That should do.
thanks, you're right. it doesn't have a sata cable. just the harddisk.
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26 Jan 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

SATA does not use master and slave.
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27 Jan 2012   #7
iksyaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
SATA does not use master and slave.
oops, sorry, my bad.

another question when i directly add my 500gb harddisk, can i install/use applications on my 500gb or just a storage? (bootable?)

sorry, too many questions.
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28 Jan 2012   #8
iksyaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

my hard disk was detected in device manager, but it's not usable in my computer, how do i activate my hard disk?
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28 Jan 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Is it seen in Disk Management? If not, try a refresh or rescan from the "action" menu.

Did you make at least 1 partition on it and format?
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28 Jan 2012   #10
iksyaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

i've been exploring the disk management.
i can't make a partition and format. it is now online and basic (hard disk)
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