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I got a new internal hard drive for Christmas. I have no idea how to put it in.

#1KisaiPosted 1/1/2014 10:21:27 PM
First, do I need a cable for it or something? Because I don't think it came with one, it was just the hard drive wrapped in a static shielding bag.
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#2DawnshadowPosted 1/1/2014 10:25:58 PM
I'm assuming it's for a desktop.

You probably need a SATA cable to plug it in, unless you have one that came with your case. They're not expensive. See http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10226 for examples (and a good place to buy cables from as a rule, so long as you don't mind the wait on shipping.) If you're replacing a drive that's in your computer, you might be able to use the SATA from the old drive.

Once it's in, you plug in both the SATA cable and a power cable from your computer-- it should be a flat plug that's on the same cord as any other drives in your computer. I don't know the formal name of that plug offhand. You want to slide the hard drive into one of the slots, screw it in with the thumb screws, then plug your cords into it.
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#3Kisai(Topic Creator)Posted 1/1/2014 10:29:44 PM
Dawnshadow posted...
I'm assuming it's for a desktop.

I didn't even know you could change hard drives for laptops.

Dawnshadow posted...
You probably need a SATA cable to plug it in, unless you have one that came with your case. They're not expensive. See http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10226 for examples (and a good place to buy cables from as a rule, so long as you don't mind the wait on shipping.) If you're replacing a drive that's in your computer, you might be able to use the SATA from the old drive.

Oh goddamnit, now I have to order more crap? Do cases normally come with just one cable? And I was thinking of adding it to my PC, like as another hard drive. Assuming I have the space. I have no idea if I do, or not. I might not. I guess I should find that out, first.
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#4xicidisPosted 1/1/2014 10:47:16 PM
You have no idea how to put it in? Your girlfriend must be very sad.
#5arleasPosted 1/1/2014 10:52:30 PM
From: xicidis | #004
You have no idea how to put it in? Your girlfriend must be very sad.

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#6Kisai(Topic Creator)Posted 1/1/2014 11:01:12 PM
I dunno if these pictures will help or not...

http://i.imgur.com/aq0kXlD.jpg

My case has a crap load of cables on it. On the right side, where those screws are, I think are where the hard drives go. I know one of them is holding the current hard drive.

http://i.imgur.com/gzZnIVk.jpg

That right there is the current hard drive.

http://i.imgur.com/pRT4MlB.jpg

And there's some unused cables and stuff, like this. I'm not sure if this cable could be used to plug into the hard drive, or not...
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#7aak57Posted 1/1/2014 11:03:55 PM(edited)
The right side is indeed where the hard drives go. And that cable you're holding is actually the power cable for the hard drive (should be one connected to your current drive). But yeah, you're gonna need to buy a SATA cable. Usually they come with the motherboard (in the box) but I'm guessing you don't have that stuff?
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#8Kisai(Topic Creator)Posted 1/1/2014 11:21:42 PM
aak57 posted...
The right side is indeed where the hard drives go. And that cable you're holding is actually the power cable for the hard drive (should be one connected to your current drive). But yeah, you're gonna need to buy a SATA cable. Usually they come with the motherboard (in the box) but I'm guessing you don't have that stuff?

I'm sure it did, and you remidned me that I had a bunch of other stuff left over that I put into a small pouch that came with the processor, or motherboard, or whatever. I found this:

http://i.imgur.com/DXFQkXb.jpg

Is this a SATA cable? Do I actually have an extra one I can use?
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#9aak57Posted 1/1/2014 11:22:50 PM
Yes, that is a SATA cable.
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#10doctoglethorpePosted 1/1/2014 11:41:49 PM
Giving a person who is clueless about pc parts a pc part. Lmfao. XD

Whoever gave taht to you either doesn't know you very well or has a great sense of humor.