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SATA Hard Drive - How to Install and Setup

How to Install and Setup a SATA Hard Drive
Published by sergiogarcia9
01 Mar 2010
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How To install and Setup A SATA Hard Drive

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Today i'm going to show you how to install and setup a SATA Hard Drive on a desktop PC. (Parts needed is in picture above)

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Always remember to discharge yourself before touching the HDD. This is done by touching the metal inside the case with you hands, as showed in the picture below

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These are the things you will need:
  • Screwdriver to screw the side of your case off/on
  • SATA Cable
  • Molex to SATA Converter [Only needed if no SATA Power Cable is available]
  • A SATA Hard Drive
  • A Desktop PC (lol)

Step 1. Installing the Hard Drive into the case.
1. Take out all wires and cables from the PC. Also hit the power button located on the back of the PC where the PSU is. Unplug the mains lead from the supply.

2. Screw the side panel of the pc
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3. Connect your SATA Cable to the Motherboard
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4. If needed connect your Molex to SATA converter

5. Put the harddrive into one of the free slots and connect the SATA power cable and the SATA Cable (Red)
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6. Put the side panel on again, and screw in the screws

7. Connect all your cables to your PC again

Step 2. Checking if it's working
1. Turn on your PC

2. Go into your BIOS, and look if it shows the newly installed Hard Drive along with the rest of the system info
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Step 3. Formatting and Using the Hard Drive
1. Click start menu Right click Computer in the right panel Click "Manage"

2. Enter the "Disk Management" (Look in the left pane)

3. You should now be able to see the Hard Drive in there as Unallocated space

4. Right Click the Bar in the bottom and click "New Simple Volume"
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5. Follow the wizard, choose a name, amount of space the partion should have and the Drive letter.
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6. Now you can see your new Hard drive in "Computer"
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(New HDD would be M: in this case)
Have fun, i hope this has helped you
01 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)

Nice job Sergio.

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01 Mar 2010   #2


Thanks Iggy
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01 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Very nice job Sergio. Should be very helpful for those who have never installed a SATA drive. Fabe
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01 Mar 2010   #4


Thanks Fabe I hope some people will find this useful
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01 Mar 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good tutorial Sergio!
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01 Mar 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

Not bad, my friend. Not bad at all!
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01 Mar 2010   #7


Thanks Ted and Kari
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01 Mar 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1

Nice! Good straight forward tutorial.
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24 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 (64bit)

Nice tutorial SG9. I'll be getting a hard drive soon and this will come in handy. My computer has a Seagate HD and I was wondering if I should get the same make ?
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