|added Fri May 06 2005 at 6:27 AM
|I got my new 160 gig hard drive in the mail last night. I've never installed a second hard drive in a machine, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect as far as Windows' reaction to the added hardware. I was hoping that it would be as simple as plug it in and go, but in hindsight, it makes sense that it required the interaction that it did.
First thing, it took me a bit to get all the cables sorted out properly. I had to disconnect one of my cd burners because I didn't have any more IDE slots open, but that's okay. I didn't really need three drives capable of reading CDs. I'll open the case again in a week or so to make sure that no cables are falling on the motherboard or anything potentially worrisome. I also had a heck of a time getting the drive in its slot. Probably the problem is that I bought a fan that attaches directly to the hard drive, mostly because it sounded cool (no pun intended), but also because you can never have too much cooling. One of the screws on the drive fan was catching funny on the mount rack.
After I had everything connected in, I plugged the power back in and held my breath while I hit the power button. It booted without a single problem, which is always the first concern with new hardware. Now, I've been most familiar with flash drives and the like so I half expected Windows to automatically detect the drive and add a new drive letter for me to access. Nothing was new in My Computer (except that the CD drive disappeared), so it obviously wasn't as automatic as I'd hoped for. I checked the hardware profile, and there was a new hard drive listed, so I hopped online to read up on what I was supposed to do to use my new drive.
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