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Windows 7: configuring a new HDD

08 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
configuring a new HDD

I would like to add a second HDD to my computer system. I have a refurbished Gateway which came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit already installed. I don't have any manulas or installation disks. I feel confident about the physical process of adding in the new HDD but I'm not sure about the partitioning and formatting part. Do I need to manually engage in these processes? Specifically, how would I do this?

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08 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

This is actually one of the easier upgrades/additions you can perform. All you need to do is install the SATA hard drive in the case, giving it a data cable and a power cable. You might want to check if you have a spare data cable, or else you'll need to get one with your hard drive (if it isn't included).

Once you boot up with the new drive installed, just go into Disk Management, and you'll see the new, unformatted drive. You may get prompted to initialize the which point the default MBR option is what you'd want. Then you can right click on the drive, create a partition, typically the full size of the drive, and the wizard will work you through the steps, including giving it a drive letter and a volume name.
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08 Feb 2012   #3

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After you have attached the SATA and power cables, power on your computer. Download Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD and burn it in a blank cd. Boot from the CD. If you want only one partition, format it as primary. If you want more than one partitions, format the first one as primary and the others as logical.
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