How To Install A Hard Drive In A Computer
To learn how to install a hard drive in a computer is a simple process. If you have purchased a new hard drive chances are it came with an instruction booklet. This helps make the job to install a hard drive a lot easier for you.
- Shut down the computer. Be sure to unplug everything attached to it.
- Unplug the computer from the power source. Wait fifteen seconds and ground yourself by touching a metal free surface every few minutes.
- Remove the cover. Unscrew the screws that hold the cover in place. Put the cover aside.
- Find the hard drive. Once you have located it in the bay, remove all cables and wires attached. There will be a data cable and a power cable. Be sure to write down where the cables are attached so you won’t have a problem reattaching them.
- Find the screws used to hold the hard drive to the computer case. Unscrew the old screws
- If you have two hard drives you will need to set the jumpers by determining which drive is the master and which drive is the slave for the older drive. You do not need to worry about these settings if only one drive is installed.
- Attach the new hard drive. Reattach the data and power cable that was attached to the old hard drive to the new one.
- Replace the computer’s cover. Plug cables back into the computer.
- Turn the computer on. If you install a hard drive successfully, the new one should be recognized by your computer.
- Format the drive. You will need to now format the new hard drive.
Posted on: Apr. 26, 2010