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Adding 2nd Hard drive- Help


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I have a Compaq Presario 5000 Desktop. Here are the stats on it: Click Here for link

Is it physical possible to install a 40Gb Seagate hard drive on this so it has two 40GB hard drives?

If so steps?
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I'm guessing it won't since I plugged it in as a slave drive and it just sat at the boot screen when I turned it on. But when I removed it and powered on it went to Windows as normal :)
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Hello computernewbie...

You should be able to install the second hard drive as a slave in that machine. You'll have to change the jumper setting on the new drive to the slave position and attach it to the center cable connector on the same ribbon as the old hard drive. This will effectively set the drive as the primary slave.

The jumpers are on the rear of the drive and there should be a diagram of settings for these on the drive label and in the documentation that came with the drive. Jumper information will also be available on the hard drive manufacturer's website.

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Genius wannabe1! I now have twice as much space. I had no idea about changing jumper settings. Thanks!
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My pleasure... :)
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If I add a second hard drive, do I have to install an OS on it? will I have to format it or anything? can I have a smaller capacity as my master hd and have a bigger capacity hd as a slave drive?
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Hello ripslymemc...

No, you do not have to install an operating system on a slave, but it will have to be formatted before Windows will recognize it. You will be able to use the Windows Computer Management Console to do that, so it's not a daunting task at all.

Yes, your slave drive can have a larger capacity than the master, in fact, most folks set them up that way. The only time this is not true is when you are setting up RAID arrays...then you need similar drives...that is, they should be the same size and speed.
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