If you're computer is out of room, or is getting close, it's likely
time to install a new hard drive. As another option,
installing another hard drive even if you have a drive already
installed will let you build a raid
computer. Whatever the reason, the install is a
really simple process that shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes.
Before you will be able to use your newly installed hard drive, you
will have to format it. Learn how to format a hard
drive if you don't already know how.
Install a New Hard Drive
- Checking for room
This step will require you look into your computer case and see if you
have a free SATA plug to install the drive, additionally, you will need
to see if you have a free power connection, any 4 prong power
connection or SATA power connection will work. Then you also
need to make sure you have a free 3 inch small opening to mount the
hard drive. All these are pictured below to help you identify
If you don't have a free SATA power connection, you can use a regular 4
pin connection, just make sure you have an adapter as most of the new
SATA drives only have a SATA connection, not the old 4 pin style.
The same can be said for a 3 inch drive bay. If you
don't have any free, but have a 5 inch opening, you can get an adapter
to fit a 3 inch drive as well.
Free SATA connections on the
A SATA power connection Computer case drive bays
Step 2 -
Buying a new hard drive
Choosing a new hard drive isn't a big deal. It's more about
knowing a good vendor. Always read the comments of what people say
about a drive before you pick one up. Currently, if you want a great
hard drive, the black edition Western Digital
drives are all I'm using.
They're super fast, priced great, and are super reliable.
When it comes to size, get the most you can without paying an arm.
Right now, 2TB seems to be the best price point.
Generally speaking, larger drives are fast as well, but if
you're going with the drive I mentioned above, you'll be fine with any
- The installation
There really isn't a whole lot you need to know to install a new hard
drive. Get a star screwdriver, in many cases you don't even
need that. Just a new drive. Simply power off the
computer and disconnect the power from the case before you begin, and
remove the left panel.
Slide your new hard drive into a free drive bay, then secure it with
screws that came with the hard drive, or often there are extra screws
in the case. If you don't have any, any local computer shop
should have some for a couple of pennies.
Next connect the SATA power cable, and a SATA interface to the
That's it, turn the computer on, once your Windows has booted up, you
will just need to format the drive before you can use it. If
you don't know how to format, let me teach you how to format a hard
drive. If you'd like a step by step how to install a hard
drive, follow the link and we'll get you set up. As
alternative, you can watch me install a new hard drive into a new