3 Easy Steps to Installing a SATA Hard-Drive

So, not all of us are into buying a new hard drive when our old one is all filled up with the numerous movies and songs that some of us illegally download. Usually, we just burn the stuff that we are not currently using onto a disc and leave it at that. But hey, not all of us take that option, now do we? Some of us actually like to buy hard drives with a lower seek time and more memory. For those of you who know may not now that much about building a computer, here’s a little advise: Buy a SATA Hard-Drive instead of a IDE Hard drive. Why? Well, for one, the ribbon that comes with your IDE Hard drive is decently fat. It constricts a lot of the air flow that is good for the computer, thus, slowing down your computer.

However, if you get a SATA HD, then this problem no longer exists and your set. One other good thing about the SATA HD are that they are hot-swappable. What I mean by this, is that, you can simply hook up your HD into the computer, and it doesnt require a restart to show up on your Hard-Drive manager in Vista. (BTW, since most general systems are VISTA these days, I’m going to default by giving instructions for that.)

From personal experience, I used to have a IDE HD, and I found it slower than my SATA which were both bought at the same time. Since experiences can be different, I’ll leave that decision up to you.

Anyways, lets move on to the actual installation of the Hard Drive:

1. There are 2 things that you need to hook up your HD to the computer: A Power Source, and the SATA Cable. If its not obvious enough, a power source allows for the hard drive to start spinning, while the SATA cable transfers data back and forth. Simply, what you need to do is place your hard drive (assuming you bought the 3.5” Hard Drive) into the holding dock of the computer: this allows for most stability while the disk is spinning and a guarentee that your hard drive won’t fall unexpectedly. Then, plug in the SATA cable to both the computer and the hard drive; find an open sata power source and plug it into the hard drive. Once you do this, you should hear your hard drive spinning up.

I do have to mention here that if you bought your computer and cannot open the inside of it, it is suggested that you buy an external hard drive cover and use it through the USB ports.

2 Next, If you bought your hard drive from “Newegg” or any online place, you will probably have to format the hard drive as it will not show up in your Hard Drive Manager instantly. For this, you may have to check (in your BIOS) if the Hard Drive is registering at all. If its not, its best to return and exchange, if not get a refund as the hard Drive is corrupted. The best way to make use of the hard drive is to try installing a copy of windows on the hard drive. When you get to the installation settings, you will have to custom install and select the new hard drive that you bought. Once you see this, and install on it, the hard drive is ready to be seen by the computer you are on. You can finish the installation and reboot back into the Vista that you have been using.

3 Now, we have to get rid of the Vista copy, because you don’t really need it on there. In order to do this, right mouse click on the my computer. click manage. (Then press continue as the computer will ask for permision BS) Then, go to Disk Management in the left panel. Wait for the disk configuration to load up and then right mouse click on the hard drive that you bought and click format.

This will erase all of the data that is on the hard drive and make it clear for you to use. Viola, you are done. As soon as you learn how to do this the first time, it will become easier the next time you do it. One thing to keep in mind is that now you can unhook the hard drive whenever you want and plug it back in, and you will still have all of the data there as if it were a portable hard drive.

The reason we don’t use hard drives like this is because most people are afriad of opening there computer to plug in the SATA cable, thus, we use the USB 2.0 instead.

Just wait until the Solid State Disks arrive, after that, you won’t even need to worry about this, the SSD’s will be smaller, faster and more capable. (Waiting for the prices to drop…) Until then, Good luck with the installation!