This document will provide a complete walkthrough for installing a 250 GB Western Digital IDE hard disk drive.
Adding an additional hard drive to your computer is the best way to extend the storage capabilities of your system, and your network if you've been so inclined to connect multiple computers together.
Installing a Hard Drive For Backup Purposes
If you have multiple computers connected through a network you will want to consider purchasing the highest capacitiy drive you can afford solely for backing up the contents of all drives connected to systems in your network. This will help you get back running at full speed in case one of the hard drive's in your systems in the network fails. You simply replace or repair the faulty drive, and use the backups you've created on your new drive to restore the faulty PC.
Installing a Hard Drive for Extra Personal Storage
If you are looking for extra storage to a solitary PC you will still want to purchase the biggest drive your budget can afford. After you've installed the additional hard drive, you will have more room to organize all of your downloaded music, movies, and other personal files.
Can A Person Ever Have to Much Hard Disk Space?
The amount of drive space you'll need depends on a budget that you lay out for yourself when shopping for an additional drive. With the cost of hard drives falling extrodinarily, you'll want to purchase the biggest drive you can afford. Wether you will be adding a 250 GB hard drive or a 750 GB hard drive, bear in mind that the higher the capacitiy of any hard drive, the better value you will get for your dollar. By today's standards, most hard drives are priced at just under $0.30 per gigabyte of data, so look at paying anywhere between $55.00 and $70.00 dollars for a 250 gigabyte hard drive. Moreover, increasing the capacity of your chosen drive, will always decrease the cost per gigabyte. So the best rule of thumb is to buy the biggest drive you can afford.
Things to Consider During a Hard Disk Drive Installation:
Although installing a hard disk drive is not an overly complicated procedure, it does require some attention to detail and vital prepration steps before actually mounting the drive within the computer's case.
Before installing the drive you will need to consider the following:
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- Where is the new drive going to be mounted?
If you already have a hard drive, floppy drive, tape drive, and optical drives in your system, chances are you'll need to move around a few of these devices (most notably an existing hard disk drive), inside of the tower to make room for your additional hard drive. You might need to move an exisiting hard drive to another position within the case. You may also have to disconnect a few cables to obtain easier access to the components that might be in the way when you go to install the new drive.
- What designation is the drive going to be installed as?
You will need to decide what designation the drive should be declared as. In an IDE based computer, a motherboard can support up to four drives. They are respectively labelled master and slave devices, with two devices occupying each channel. Jumpers on a hard drive dictate the the designation the hard drive should take.
- Do you already have a hard drive with an operating system installed?
If you have a hard drive with an operating system installed, it is probably setup as a master drive, for optimum performance. In this instance, you will need to setup your new drive as a slave device, so that both drives can coexist with each other on the same IDE channel. You should never put an optical drive on the same IDE channel as a hard disk, as this will cause a degradation in performance, and might also cause problems for your optical drive.
If you are replacing a defective drive or upgradig to a higher capacitiy drive for your operating system and applications, and need your new drive to boot a system's operating system, you will want to make your new drive the master device on the first IDE channel (also known as IDE-O). If the old drive still works, you can set that drive up as a slave for extra storage.