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How do I remove a hard disk drive and install another one? Answered

My hard disk drive is a mess so I bought another through ebay.  It has windows pro all ready on it.  I paid $30.00 extra for that.  I have a Dell tower and I am really confused how to change the disk drive.  After I change it will it work then?  Thank you,

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JavaNut13

8 years ago

Having a hard drive (HDD) with an OS on it may run you into problems, but I am not sure about this, especially with Windows. You should be able to open up your computer and find the old HDD, Plug all the wires into the new drive, using the old one as a guide. There should be a 'jump' that selects where the drive is located - Master (at the end of the cable that joins it to the motherboard) or slave (in the middle of the cable) Instructions on how this should be configured will be on the drive. If your unsure, just ask where I should be more specific.

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NachoMahmaJavaNut13

Answer 8 years ago

.  When you set the jumper to Master (or Slave), it doesn't matter where the drive connects on the data cable. When the jumper is set to cable select, the position on the cable determines M/S.

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JavaNut13NachoMahma

Answer 8 years ago

Is this with SATA or IDE drives? I am used to building computers from ~10 year old parts, so I don't think they are that advanced.

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NachoMahma

8 years ago

.  Unless you are sure that the needed drivers are already on the HDD (they may be if you got the new HDD from Dell), download all the driver installers you will need from the 'Net before doing the swap.
.  IIRC, on most Dells all you have to do is pull the front cover off and the HDD will slide right out. There may be a catch that you have to press while pulling. If the power and data cables are not long enough to reach outsice the case, open the side and unplug the power and data cables.
.  Remove the old drive and find the jumper (usually located near the power and data connectors. Set the jumper on the new drive to the same position (probable CS (cable select)).
.  Slide the new drive into the bay, re-connect the power and data cables.
.  Turn on the power and you should be good-to-go.