Adding new drive to a PC

More often than not we’re out of storage. Either because we keep many high quality movies, songs and pictures or because we have a relatively small Windows SSD that doesn’t store that much, but is extremely fast compared to traditional HDDs. Anyhow, we’d like more storage and we’d like to install additional HDD to our PC to resolve the storage issue. Here’s a step by step guide how to do this.

  1. Take out the drive from packaging,
  2. Open up Your PC (usually with a side panel),
  3. Slide in Your new drive in a designated slot (2.5″ or 3.5″ depending on the size of the drive)
  4. Secure it either with clips (if Your case has them) or screws that You screw on the sides (3.5″) or the bottom (2.5″) of the drive,
  5. Connect SATA data and power cables to the drive and the motherboard
  6. Close up the chassis’ side panels and power it up.
  7. Click on Start button and type in disk. Click on Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions,
  8. In the bottom portion of this window You’ll see a bar with Unallocated on it. Right click it and choose New Simple Volume. Go through the wizard choosing the size of the partition (if it’s just one You require, enter the maximum value that is there by default, if more than one, leave space for another partition and go through the wizard the second time after this one). Remember to format Your new partition as NTFS or You won’t be able to use files bigger than 4GiB, which is a big disadvantage nowadays.

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