How To Install A Second Hard Drive?

Installing an external hard drive, compared to installing a hard drive in Windows 10, are two different things. An external hard drive could be a USB or eSATA cable, which you can install right away. However, when you want to install a second hard drive on your Windows 10 device, then this could be a bit tricky.

Not everyone has the technical knowledge required to install a second hard drive in Windows 10. This article will try to make it as simple as possible.

How To Install A Second Hard Drive?

Step # 1

Switch off your PC, and then open its case. You need to put the new hard drive in it, attach the cables to it, and make sure that the drive is secured properly. This is most likely done with screws; close the case, and then switch on the PC.

If you have never opened your PC case, then you can go to the manufacturer’s website. Most websites have instructions about how to open the case and install a hard drive. If you can’t find the instructions on the website, then you can always look for a tutorial video on Google. However, be careful when installing the hard drive, as to not disturb anything else.

Step # 2

When you switch on the PC, then right-click on the lower side of the screen, and click on the option of Disk Management.

  • A disk management dialogue box will open, which will show you volume, layout, type, file system, status, capacity, free space, and other information.
  • Now, you need to scroll down the list in this dialog box, and then find the new drive that you installed before.
  • This hard drive would be most probably titled as Unallocated.

Step #3

  • On the right-hand side, in the same Unallocated area, you can right-click and choose the option of ‘New Simple Volume’.
  • This will open the New Simple Volume Wizard.

Step # 5

Click on Next, and the prompt will ask you to specify the volume size.

Step #6

  • Don’t change the numbers, because you would surely want to use the whole Hard Drive.
  • Click on Next, and then the prompt will ask you to specify a letter for the hard drive.
  • In case you already have a D drive, then you can assign any other alphabet to it.

Step #7

  • Click on Next, and the Wizard will ask you if you want to use the NTFS file system. However, for this prompt, just click on No.
  • You will also be asked for setting up a different allocation unit, and for this, you need to click on No again.

Step #8

  • Click on Next and then Finish.
  • The Windows is going to make a bit of noise now, but when it finishes, then you have successfully installed a second hard drive in the system.

In case there are more than three hard drives connected to the PC, then the user should set up Storage Spaces.

  • This is a good piece of technology, which will keep redundant copies of the data on the system, and it will protect you from any sort of catastrophic failure.

Read more: How to Clone a Larger HDD to a smaller SSD?

Why have Two Hard Drives?

If you are wondering as to why you should have two hard drives on your computer, then there are multiple benefits attached to it:

  • You will get more space; you can store more programs
  • The system won’t slow down if you store things like music, videos, photos, and other important data
  • A second hard drive can be used as a backup for the internal hard drive
  • You can save data on a second hard drive if you feel that the internal hard drive is failing or might get damaged in the future

Installing a second hard drive in Windows is not very difficult. However, the most important thing to remember is, don’t open the case unless and until you know how to. If you have never opened a PC case, then you might end up messing with the wires inside the PC case. More help: here

Seek the help of a professional, or watch online tutorials very carefully. If you have any queries, then you can ask the manufacturer of your system, and ask them for a guideline. Many manufacturers have a guide on their website, on how a user can install a second hard drive on their system. New forum may help too: here

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