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Hi OCN,

I'm currently running a Hitachi 500GB @7200RPM HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate. My parents are upgrading their computer and getting rid of their outdated Dell, and offered me any parts i'd like, including the 500GB 7200 RPM Seagate HDD. My HDD is about 70% used, so I'd like to add my parents HDD to my build.

Their HDD has Windows 7 and a bunch of their files (pictures, documents, programs) on it already. I'd like to know how to remove everything I need in order to add the extra memory to my build.

Also, my parents already backed up their files, so erasing them is not an issue.

Here is my build, if necessary:

Corsair 600T case

Micro ATX Gene-Z ROG 1155 Motherboard

Intel i5 2500k @ 4.3 ghz

Corsair TX-750 Modular

8GB 1600mhz G Skill Ripjaws



If anybody can let me know how to add a second hard drive to my build, please let me know.

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 10
just install it, then in your OS under disk manager format the drive and then you can use it for storage.
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post #3 of 10
Just plug the second HDD into your second sata port and use Disk Management tool to format the new drive.

Edit: Rat beat me to it by 11 seconds lol
    
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post #4 of 10
After you install the HDD , go in Device Manager , Disk Management
Right click on the new installed HDD and format


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Thanks for the quick replies guys!

What program would I use to format the HDD after installing it into my case?
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Thanks for the quick replies guys!
What program would I use to format the HDD after installing it into my case?

its all built into your OS. Look for Disk Management.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Create-and-format-a-hard-disk-partition


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Just plug the second HDD into your second sata port and use Disk Management tool to format the new drive.
Edit: Rat beat me to it by 11 seconds lol
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Disk Management smile.gif
    
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Jeez you guys are so fast and helpful.. thanks so much, I'll do this right away smile.gif
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Okay, I've added the HDD and formatted it, now i have my former HDD (C:) and the new one is (E:)

But for some reason, it created a new "Local Disk (E:)" with 28.5MB used of 100MB. When I open it, it says the folder is empty. Is it necessary? It's a bit annoying because it sits between my two HDD's on the "My Computer" page. How can I remove it from there?
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Sounds like that new HDD had a second partition for system or recovery files. You'll need to repartition the disk.

Copy any files you moved to the new disk over to your original disk. Open up disk management again and find the new disk. Right-click the 100MB and any other partitions you see and select delete volume for each one. You should see one single box for the entire disk show as unallocated space. Right-click, select New Simple Volume, and format it as NTFS.
     
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