Hard drive installation question
Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:21 PM
Posted 18 December 2005 - 05:36 AM
You'll need to partition and format the new drive in Windows before you're able to put any data on it. This can be done by going to the Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 03:15 PM
If the machine has an IDE controller, then you can install the new disk and should be able to use that, but you would also need to get a new cable (unless you already have one). Most computers do have IDE controllers and it is much more rare to have a SCSI controller. Personally I prefer SCSI drives (for many reasons), but the drives are more expensive.
You should also check the BIOS settings to ensure that the boot order is correct so that it does not try looking for the SCSI disk.
Once the new disk is installed, you can reinstall Windoze. It sounds like you are replacing the old disk (dare I ask why?).
Posted 19 December 2005 - 07:42 PM
Posted 19 December 2005 - 07:51 PM
You should be able to add an additional IDE disk if your system has a controller for it. Then you can use the old drive for additional storage and install new on the new disk. If the SCSI drive is still working, there is little reason to take it out unless you can sell it or give it away (if it is a good sized disk, then it might have some value to it).
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