Hard drive space will always be in constant demand, what with the average game install exceeding
a gigabyte of space, and fast Internet and file sharing conspiring to
fill our computers with things we can't possibly do without. Fortunately, hard
disk space continues to expand affordably. As the average computer can
use up to three hard disks in addition to a CD drive, it's easy enough to
go out and buy a new drive to add extra storage space to your system. Easy enough
until you get around to actually putting the drive in, that is. Few other computer
upgrades carry more potential complications and complexities than installing and
preparing a newly purchased hard drive for use.
Here at PCSTATS, we'd like to take some time to cover this important procedure
in detail, so you won't have to pay your local
computer shop $80 to do it for you!
In this Beginners Guide, we'll cover all the necessary steps
for installing and preparing a second hard disk drive on both Win9x/ME
and Win2K/XP systems, as well as setting up the hard drive for installation on
a brand new computer with no operating system. As both IDE and Serial ATA hard
drives are used in modern PCs, we'll also investigate the
differences between these two types of hard disk.
There are a few words we need to define before going any
further. Don't worry, there won't
be a test.