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help! how to add additional internal HDD?

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Ok, I've got a WD 250gb hard drive already, and it's just about filled (movies, tv shows, music, etc.), so I got an additional hard drive (same model) to put all my media on, and leave the other one open for programs and such. I got the same model in case I wanted to RAID them later. Anyways, my question is, how do I set up the HDD? Do I hook it up, and do a format on it once I'm booted into XP, or do I have to have a setup disk or what? I just want it so I can store files on, not have dual boot or RAID or anything fancy like that. The sooner I could get some help the better, it should be delivered in the next hour or so. Thanks!
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SATA should just plug in and be good IDE might have to set jumpers should have come with cable
    
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Is it a SATA drive? If not, you'll need to set the jumpers to slave or CS(cable select)

Turn off computer.
Hook up the drive.
Boot computer.
Check BIOS to make sure the drive is set as a secondary.
Boot into Windows.
Go into the Disk Management window and format the drive.
Should be good to go
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Sorry, forgot to mention. Yes, its a SATA. And thanks for the quick replies!
post #5 of 11
Yeah just hook it up, go in your Bios and make sure you set up the other SATA channel so it will detect it, it's probably already set to auto detect.
Go into Windows, format and partition up.
Also you can use Western Digital Data Lifeguard tool when you're in Windows.

Good Luck
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Hook it up. Boot normally. Format it to NTFS (not quick format) and voila!
If you want to do RAID, deciding as soon as you can will save you the hassle of backing up your 2 hard drives...
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by seven9st surfer View Post
Sorry, forgot to mention. Yes, its a SATA. And thanks for the quick replies!
Should be fine. Windows should recognize it automatically, though you may need to do some settings on it. You know how to get to the Disk Management window?
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right-click on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. thanks yall!
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Originally Posted by seven9st surfer View Post
right-click on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. thanks yall!
No prob
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Yeah just hook it up, go in your Bios and make sure you set up the other SATA channel so it will detect it, it's probably already set to auto detect.
Go into Windows, format and partition up.
Also you can use Western Digital Data Lifeguard tool when you're in Windows.

Good Luck
What's the WD Data Lifeguard do?
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