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Windows 7: How to check a hard drive?

08 Dec 2012   #1

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How to check a hard drive?

Hello,

I found a hard drive somewhere is my house, a Seagate barracuda 7200 RPM, 250 GB and I wanted to know if there is a way to check if it's working , I don't even know what's in it, so I wanted to know if I can do something with it,assuming it does work, for example combine it with my current hard drive for some extra storage, or maybe install my windows 7 on it if the hard drive I'm using now fails in future (like a backup or something-is it possible?)

Thanks all!

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08 Dec 2012   #2

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mibaup,
I'll assume that the drive is a sata drive and not IDE please confirm. If it's a sata drive then all you need is a free power connector off your PSU and a spare sata cable. With these two cables connected to the drive and the other end if the sata connected to a free sata port on the mobo then all you will need to do is boot up the system as normal and then locate the newly added drive and have a look around. If it doesn't show up you may need to have a look in disk manager but lets take this one step at a time. Please report back when you install and boot up.
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08 Dec 2012   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep linne too mate he could use one of those gadgets I keep one IDE and one SATA for just this purpose.
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08 Dec 2012   #4

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I have both 3.5" and 2.5" hot swap bays for just these situations, they come in very handy.
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08 Dec 2012   #5

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep my HAF has two at front too I agree very handy for this. But depends on OP's case eh?

mibaup soem specs would be nice my friend.
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08 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I'll assume that the drive is a sata drive and not IDE please confirm.
yes it is a SATA.
what happens if it has a windows installed in it already from another computer? do i need to format this hard drive in order for it to work? can a generic psu support another hdd?
ty
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08 Dec 2012   #7

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

If you are going to re use it yes.

Format a HDD or USB

you can use the diskpart option too.
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09 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I have a last question before I actually plug the hard drive : if the hard drive I'm going to connect has a virus/malware , can it affect my main hard drive or somehow harm my computer? if so can I avoid this ?
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09 Dec 2012   #9

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Well at the very minimum mibaup make sure the security is up to date and scan the things as oon as you plug it in.

I think I gave you two on call scanners do it with them to.

Th alternative is to scan the dirve on another machine but if that is not a possibilty then you really can'r avoid it completely.
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10 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I plugged the second SATA hard drive with Power and Data cables but when I turn on the pc , everything is the same,
I dont see on Computer another drive or extra storage added. btw I entered BIOS and it did recognized a 250 GB hard drive, maybe I should do more things in the BIOS settings or somewhere ?
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