Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

Installing a hard it hard?

Old 05-20-03, 05:13 PM
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 14,802
Installing a hard it hard?

I just got a 120 GB hard drive, I'm just wondering how hard they are to install...I'm not a complete computer newb (I installed my DSL board into the comp. just fine) - is there anything I need to know?

I'm installing into a VPR Matrix 6100 w/ an 80 gig hd...operating on XP...

Any info would be good - looking at the instructions is confusing there a possibility of ruining things inside my computer if I set the jumpers wrong, ect.
Tarantino is offline  
Old 05-20-03, 07:54 PM
DVD Talk Special Edition
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Great White North. Take Off Eh! You hosers ....
Posts: 1,455
I'm not a huge techie but i've added an 80 gigger to my XP Pro system without a hitch. From what I remember I used the software that came with the HDD (MaxBlast from Maxtor) to format the drive and then upon reboot it added the HDD to the XP inventory. I had the extra step of added a Promise IDE Controller card to the system as well which you may not have to do.

I'm assuming that you can just power down your comp, physically install the HDD on one of the IDE channels, make sure that you have the jumpers set correctly (i'm assuming that if it's a slave then it's less difficult to configure as opposed to wanting to make your 120 gigger the master device) reboot and XP should figure things out.

I'm sure that if one searched the 'Net using terms like "installing a secondary hard drive" you would find what you needed. The archives should also have good info. Good luck.
bill_n_opus is offline  
Old 05-20-03, 08:01 PM
DVD Talk Legend
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Region 1
Posts: 16,291
Easiest way, make sure the 120GB hard drive is setup for Cable Select (CS). Connect the 120GB to the free connector on the IDE cable that is connectd to your existing hard drive. Don't forget to plug in the power plug too. The BIOS should auto detect the new drive. Login to XP, open Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Disk Management --> XP will detect a new drive --> create the partition size and format --> done.
zuffy is offline  
Old 05-20-03, 11:29 PM
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 14,802
Tarantino is offline  
Old 05-20-03, 11:41 PM
DVD Talk Hero
D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)'s Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Stick out your tongue!
Posts: 39,190
if you buy a retail packaged hd, they give you a pamphlet on how to install it. should be fairly straight forward.
D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB) is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.