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Morbid_Murder

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#1 8 years ago

My current hdd is 280gb (listed as 320gb) and I'm now down to 20gb. I've been a little frustrated lately since I've been having to uninstall some stuff because of my lack of space. Besides that, I've been wanting to switch to Windows 7 but can't since I have no place to back up all my stuff. Recently though, I found out that my slimcase Inspiron actually fits two hdd's so I decided on getting another (was less excited about getting another hdd when I thought I was gonna need to get an external).

Now my question is, how exacly does it work? Can I just transfer data between both right there on the spot? What I wanna do is move everything to the 2nd HDD then do a clean install of Win 7. Would that be possible?

I was looking which one to get on Newegg and I went by reviews and thought this one looked good:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks for the help!




ConstanceJill

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#2 8 years ago

Hi there ^^

What do you mean by "everything" ? If you want to move your current OS to the other HDD, it will be a little more complicated (though still possible) than if you only want to backup your data.

To backup your data only, all you'll need to do will be, once the drive is physically connected and (hopefully) recognized : - go to computer management - create a partition on that drive - create one or more logical drives if you chose to create an extended partition - copy/paste your files to (one of) the new drive(s) on that physical drive

Oh and, you might need to go to your BIOS' Setup utility to ensure that it will try to boot on your older drive if you still want to use it for starting your OS.




Morbid_Murder

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#3 8 years ago

ConstanceJill;5049485Hi there ^^

What do you mean by "everything" ? If you want to move your current OS to the other HDD, it will be a little more complicated (though still possible) than if you only want to backup your data. .

I should've been more specific =p

By "everything", I just meant all basic files like music/pictures/etcetcetc. Don't need to move the whole OS.




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#4 8 years ago

Morbid_Murder;5049475My current hdd is 280gb (listed as 320gb) and I'm now down to 20gb. I've been a little frustrated lately since I've been having to uninstall some stuff because of my lack of space. Besides that, I've been wanting to switch to Windows 7 but can't since I have no place to back up all my stuff. Recently though, I found out that my slimcase Inspiron actually fits two hdd's so I decided on getting another (was less excited about getting another hdd when I thought I was gonna need to get an external).

Now my question is, how exacly does it work? Can I just transfer data between both right there on the spot? What I wanna do is move everything to the 2nd HDD then do a clean install of Win 7. Would that be possible?

I was looking which one to get on Newegg and I went by reviews and thought this one looked good:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks for the help!

If you have the discs for all of the programs you have installed, you don't really need to 'back them up', for you can simply install them as and when you need them. I find it difficult to believe that you have 260gb worth of programs that you use regularly. I would focus on the files that you can't replicate easily, or that would simply be easier to back-up than replicate - photographs, music, documents, savegames - that sort of stuff. Backing up things like OpenOffice or Fallout 3 onto another hard drive would be an exercise in redundancy.

Personally I have two hard drives in my computer; my C:\ drive contains the OS, and various important programs and files, while my D:\ drive contains games and programs that I don't rely on so much. I keep an external hard drive which I regularly update with important files, but never entire, installed programs.

Secondly - I thought Inspirons were laptops?




Morbid_Murder

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#5 8 years ago

Mr. Matt;5049497If you have the discs for all of the programs you have installed, you don't really need to 'back them up', for you can simply install them as and when you need them. I find it difficult to believe that you have 260gb worth of programs that you use regularly.

Secondly - I thought Inspirons were laptops?

I do alota music production on my pc and the installations for my sound libraries all take up about 110gb total. Since I also have them installed, that's another 110'ish gb's. What I wanted to do is backup the installations to somewhere because they're killing my space at the moment. Besides all that, I have all my other basic programs just taking up a few gb's, but nothin too big.

After I've moved everything I need, I was gonna do a clean install of Windows 7 and reinstall my stuff from there.....I imagine this is gonna be a pain. Luckily my ps3 is right in front of my pc so I'll be able to kill some time =p

As for the Inspirons, they're desktops also. I made the horrible decision of getting the slimcase version though. Seeing that I can now fit a 2nd hdd, I don't think it'll bother me much anymore, though I do miss having a vid card sometimes.




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#6 8 years ago

Connect the harddrive's power and data cables. Start your computer. Get to your BIOS (F2/10/12 or something with Dells, can't remember) Get to the HDD boot priority menu. Make sure your boot drive is set to your old drive with Windows on it. Start up as normal. Right click on My Computer. Go to Manage. Disk Management. Right click on your new drive. Create a new partition. Copy/paste anything you want as you would normally.

That's it! =p




Morbid_Murder

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#7 8 years ago

Well I ordered the hdd but turns out I forgot something - cables. I was reading comments and they mentioned that it didn't come with any but it was too late and I already ordered.

I wanna make sure I order the right one so I don't have to go through the hassle of mailing it back. My mobo has one of the cables already (I think it's the power one) This is the hdd I bought:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

And here's the top 4 sata cables with the most reviews:

Newegg.com - Nippon Labs Premium 18" (1.5 ft.) SATA II Cable with locking latch for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model SATA-L0.5-R - Cables

Newegg.com - KINGWIN 15.74" SATA Data & Power combo cable Model SAC-04 - Cables

Newegg.com - BYTECC 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch Model SATA-118C - Cables

Newegg.com - OKGEAR 18" SATA II Cable Model GC18ATASM12 - Cables

Would any of those be it? Judging by the picture and what I saw when I opened my pc, this seems to be one I can use:

Newegg.com - OKGEAR 18" SATA II Cable Model GC18ATASM12 - Cables

I'd just go to the store and buy one but it seems that everything close to here is lacking when it comes to sata cables.

Besides cables, is there anything else I need that I'd have to order online? Some comments mentioned screws (I think I have some) and rails.




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#8 8 years ago

SATA cables are SATA cables. If it's a SATA cable and it's long enough then it's what you need.

What you need to mount it depends on your case however it's normally 4 screws.




kow_ciller

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#9 8 years ago

just buy the cheapest sata cable. And since you have a dell, are you sure that you have an extra sata power plug? I know dell is notorious for only including the bare minimum on connectors and leaving no room for upgrades.




Morbid_Murder

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#10 8 years ago
kow_ciller;5050399just buy the cheapest sata cable. And since you have a dell, are you sure that you have an extra sata power plug? I know dell is notorious for only including the bare minimum on connectors and leaving no room for upgrades.

There's a slot identical to the one my hd is connected to so I'm guessing that's it. I actually decided on finally opening it up to check it out about a day or two ago when I was reading someone's comment on another site about the same pc I have - they had a complaint about not being able to fit more than two hd's.




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