Advice 1: How to put a second HDD

The need to put on the computer the second hard disk occurs frequently. You can go to the service center, and you can put the second Winchester themselves, since it does not require special knowledge and skills.
How to put a second HDD
You will need
  • Hard disk, power supply adapter for SATA, screwdriver under the cross.
The second Winchester not only allows you to obtain additional space for files, but also significantly improve the reliability of data storage due to mirroring of important files on different disks. Before you start working on the hard drive installation, make sure that the computer is disconnected from the network! Then Unscrew the screws holding the left (when looking at the front of the computer) side cover. Note that different types of cases the procedure for removing the cover may differ, for example, may first be necessary to remove the front panel. Removing the screws, gently remove the side panel. Maybe it will have slightly pulled back.
After removing the panel, you will see your computer's motherboard, power supply, various wires and cables. And, of course, the hard drive, it is usually placed horizontally at the front of the computer. Pay attention to how he installed the second hard drive will have to be set exactly the same in niche. These niches are above or below the main disk. If possible, do not place discs directly one above the other – between them should be left a gap, it will help them better cooling. Important point: the hard drives have a special jumper, which sets the mode of operation. On the primary hard drive jumper must be set to "Master". The second – in the Slave. Jumpers are very small for their installation, you may need the tweezers. Placing the jumper, carefully place the disk on is selected for his place, tighten the retaining screws. Complete with Winchesterohms they usually do not, so a couple short screws, you should look for in advance – they must match the thread holes on the left and right side walls of Winchester.
The disk is installed, is to connect the power and cable data transmission. For power supply you may need an adapter to the SATA drive. Best of all-before you buy Winchesterand to open the computer and see whether the adapter on the existing drive and if worth to buy the same. When connecting pay attention to the shape of the connectors and color matched to the wires it the primary drive – the new drive should be connected the same way. To connect the adapter, use any available connector from the wires of the desired color. Food connects one connector, the whole process is very simple. And most importantly, do not use force – all the connectors are provided with special protrusions, not allowing you to install them incorrectly.
The power is connected, now it is necessary to connect a loop of data transmission. When buying a drive make sure that the plume is present in the kit. If not, acquire it. This is usually a flat wire red color with connectors at the ends, a width in the range of centimeters. One end of the ribbon cable connects to Winchester, you will easily find the desired connector. The second is connected to a corresponding socket of the motherboard. To find it, look where the ribbon cable is connected the primary drive socket for a second (and often third and fourth) must be nearby.
All the drive is connected. Put the cover back in place, turn on the computer. If everything is connected correctly, the computer will begin to boot. After downloading, open "My computer" under hard drives you should see a new disk. If you do not like assigned to it system letter, go to: Start – control Panel – computer Management. Under "Storage" select "disk Management". Clicking a new drive, right-click, choose "Change drive letter or drive path". A window opens, select "Modify" and set the desired drive letter.
Useful advice
If you are you have to disconnect some cables, now paint on a piece of paper their connection. This will enable you to connect them correctly.

Advice 2 : How to enable the drives in the laptop

Error when installing OS Windows version XP, the installer cannot see the drives on the laptop, in most cases is caused by lack of the necessary SATA drivers. The error can be corrected by the user.
How to enable the drives in the laptop
This problem is typical for laptops with SATA hard drives. The business is the fact that, unlike WIndows Vista and 7, version XP does not contain SATA drivers and it just does not see the hard drives. One solution to this problem is the use of BIOS mode.
To do this, restart the laptop and use the function key F2 at the time of its inclusion. Next, you need to change the settings for IDE compatibility mode or disable AHCI mode in the settings of the SATA controller. The choice of a particular action depends on the model of laptop. The options are:

- SATA Native Mode - select the Disable;
- AHCI Mode - enter a Disable command;
- SATA Operation - select ATA;
- Configure SATA as - IDE, point;
- SATA Controller Mode - select Compatibility.

This action should lead to the recognition of the hard drive Windows installer version XP.
If this did not happen, you will need your own OS distribution. To do this, transfer the contents of the boot drive to a separate folder on your computer and download and install the dedicated application nLite. Load special SATA drivers from the official website of the laptop manufacturer or use the generic Intel Matrix Storage Manager.
Open the context menu of the executable that is downloaded by click right mouse button and select the command "Create shortcut". Add the parameters
-a-a-p c:drivers
at the end of the line Object created shortcut and confirm the execution of the selected action by pressing the "Apply" button. Start the nLite application b, specify the path to the folder with the setup files of the OS.
Apply the check boxes in the rows "Bootable ISO" and "Driver". Use the "Add" button to specify the path to the folder with the extracted drivers and select. Confirm select integration and select "Create ISO". Save the image and transfer it to disk.
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