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How do I install and set up a second hard drive?
Installing a second hard drive is a lot easier than replacing your primary drive. External drives are even easier than internal ones.

In the case of an desktop internal drive, you'll need to do the following:

1) Open your computer case. You may have to remove both side panels in order to get to both sides of the drive brackets.

2) Determine whether you have an available connector. Your computer will have a total of four. Most likely, at least two of them will be in use by your primary hard drive and your CD or DVD drive.

3) If possible, choose an open connector that is not on the same cable as your primary drive. This will speed up accessing data between them.

4) Be sure to properly set the jumper near the data connector on the drive. You'll probably be setting it to either "Primary Slave", "Secondary Master" or "Secondary Slave".

5) Connect the data and power connectors to the drive.

6) If your drive came with a setup disc (most do), use it to partition and format your drive. If not, you'll need a boot disc containing the "FDISK" and "Format" functions.

Once you've prepared your drive, you can begin using it to store data.

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