Advice 1: How to make hard disk visible

The joy of buying a new hard drive can sometimes be marred by a small problem when the drive is connected to the computer, but it doesn't see the system. The first thoughts that bought the hard disk is faulty, but let's check the most simple ways. Perhaps the disk is not visible for other reasons.
hard drive
Instruction
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The first thing I recommend to check and see if at all a new hard drive. To do this, right-click click on "my computer" and choose "manage". In the resulting window go to the tab "manage diskmi.
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In the upper right corner we see a list of disks that can dispose of at work. And in the lower right corner of each line is given a separate physical device, and if 1 hard drive split into two volumes, the line will be divided into two parts in proportion to the location that contains each volume.
make disks visible
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Most often the first line we see drive C and drive D. In the next row DVD device. If you see another line, which has no markings, then this is your disc. In this case, the problem was that the hard drive you purchased was not marked on the volume.
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To do this, click the right button on the drive, choose "format". You can partition the drive into multiple volumes, specifying the formatting of the size of the disk. After making the format part of the disk will be marked as light as is ready to use.
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The other part is gray, which means you need to format it. Then you need to assign this drive letter. To do this, click with the right mouse button on the drive, select "change letter drive".
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In the opened window press "add" and then choose the letter which will come on this drive, click "OK" in all Windows.
Useful advice
Before formatting make sure you have selected the drive that contains important data.

Advice 2: How to add a hard drive

Sooner or later, every computer user, the question arises about the increase of memory in computer, memory, hard drive. After all, when buying a computer, few people pay attention to the size of the hard drive - at the moment it is better to invest in RAM or graphics card. But in the process of development of the capabilities of the computer increases the amount of stored information on your hard drive, and the only way to save her is to buy another hard disk.
How to add a hard drive
You will need
  • Phillips and flat thin screwdriver
Instruction
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But do not rush to the nearest store for shopping for a hard drive. First you need to figure out what kind of hard drive you need. From the time you bought the computer in may was more than a year, and during that time could change standards for connecting internal and external peripherals. HDD exactly what happened, the old IDE standard were replaced with modern Serial ATA – SATA abbreviated, it ensures transmission of information with greater speed.
SATA connector
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Where can you see a connector for the hard drive you have? Option one: locate the manual to the motherboard of your computer. If it is difficult to do because all the boxes out of the apartment after the repairs were discarded for their uselessness, and the instruction was most likely lying there, then go through the second. Before you despair, the motherboard you have, it is in the system unit and is the basis for everything else (CPU, RAM, hard disk, etc.).
IDE connector
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To access the motherboard, remove the system unit or install it in order to have access inside it. To see the available connectors on the motherboard is better from the left side of the system unit. There is the front side of the motherboard, and the right side of the system unit is the back part of the motherboard. It connectors available. See which cable is connected your hard disk. If it's a wide cable (about 5 cm), this connector is of the older generation of IDE, if narrow (about 1 cm), SATA.
IDE and SATA cables
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With your hard drive sorted out, now look at the place where the cable is connected on the motherboard. As a rule, the IDE connectors on the motherboard, there were two, but due to the possibility of parallel connection of one data cable-IDE two devices can connect four devices. It optical drives (CD and DVD) and hard drives. If these two connectors and installed one optical drive and one hard disk, at least you can connect two hard drive.
The IDE connectors on the motherboard
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But with the advent of the connectors of the new standard, the old is not gone, motherboards transitional period are available as connectors IDE and SATA. On modern motherboards single IDE connector remained, but much more SATA connectors (6-8 pieces), one SATA connector can connect to one device, look for them on the motherboard. If they are then your new hard disk will be faster to exchange information with other devices that will increase the performance of your computer in General. It is now possible to shop for a hard drive.
The SATA and IDE connectors on the motherboard
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To install it, connect the loop data-an IDE or SATA cable to the motherboard. Find the cable with the power connector for the hard drive. They are also different, depending on the kind of hard disk. Connect the connectors to the hard drive and that the drive is install to available free space on the "shelf" below the main hard drive. Connect the hard drive screws or install it on the latch, depending on the type of fastening on the "shelves" of your system unit. Install the side panel of the system unit to the place and enjoy the opportunity to keep on your computer even a library of data.
The connect a hard drive
Note
When working with your system unit, turn off the computer and disconnect it from the network, in order to avoid electric shock.

When you connect a ribbon cable data IDE not to bend the needle connector on the drive and the motherboard, aligning them would be difficult.
Useful advice
When you buy a new drive buy a wire to connect. This is largely to treat SATA drives.

When you connect the drive the jumper on the drive on which the system is installed, set to "master" and the additional disk to "slave", it will allow the computer to boot from the correct disk.

Advice 3: How to partition a hard disk

You have purchased a new hard drive and installed it in your computer. Now we need to get it to work. To decide how many parts to divide the diskial space, how much to allocate to the system, and how much for data storage.
How to partition a hard disk
You will need
  • Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
Instruction
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After the operating system detects the new drive and installs the drivers for it will need to be initialized. Only after that we can create and format one or more partitions. To do this, open the console "computer Management".
To do this, click "start" -> "Settings" -> "control Panel" - > administrative tools - > computer Management".Or right-click the mouse on the icon "My computer" on the desktop or in the start menu" and select in the menu the string "Administration";
In the left part of the window "Storage devices", select "Manage diskAMI.
Management console diskAMI" can also be started by typing diskmgmt.msc in the "Run...", "start menu".
How to partition a hard <strong>disk</strong>
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Now should start the "Master initialize and convert disks". Click "Next", "Next", after the appearance of "the wizard initialization and conversion completed successfully" click "Finish".
Master initialize and convert <strong>disk</strong>ov.
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If all goes successfully, the window "Control diskAMI" ("computer Management" -> "Storage" -> "Manage diskAMI) to see a new disk marked "Unallocated". Click your right mouse button and from the context menu select "Create partition...". Start "new partition Wizard", click "Next".
The create partition wizard.
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In the next window select type of the new partition – Primary or Logical (the default Primary partition), "Next".
On a single physical disk, you can create multiple partitions, but the major no more than four. In the extended partition you can create one or several logical drives. The main different from the additional fact that the main section can be used to start the operating system, and logical not. The partition that hosts the operating system files are marked and called the active. Can be active only one section.
The type of the created partition
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Select the size of the new partition (default maximum size). If you are going to create on this hard diske multiple partitions, you need to think in advance what amount you want to allocate to each created partition, and enter it in this window.
The size of the new partition
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Select the letter drive. It can be any letter of the Latin alphabet, unused even to refer to another driveand or partition.
The choice of letters <strong>disk</strong>and
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Set the formatting options (the type of file system (default is NTFS), cluster size (I advise you to leave "default"), the volume label, whether to use quick format and compression of files and folders) completing the selection click "Next".
How to partition a hard <strong>disk</strong>
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Before exiting the "Wizard" sections will be shown a window containing a summary of the chosen parameters. If everything is correct on the selections made, click "Finish".
How to partition a hard <strong>disk</strong>
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After formatting, marked "Unallocated" will change to "Healthy." Now you can create more partitions or get to work with is already created.
How to partition a hard <strong>disk</strong>
Note
When you install a hard disk observe safety precautions.
If you are unsure if you modified the settings, either leave the default or refer to a specialist.
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