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adding a second hard drive to a Pavilion dv7 1020us

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A: adding a second hard drive to a Pavilion dv7 1020us or upgra...

It can be done. I used to have one of those model series and if I recall correctly the SATA drive plugs right into the motherboard so you do not need an adapter just a caddy. If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.
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         Dv 4378EA
S/N  [Personal Information Removed]
I presume they read;  Product: HP Pavilion dv40000
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A:pavilion dv4000 max RAM that can be installed and HDD upgra...

Here is the Service Manual: Manual It uses DDR333 aka PC2700 SO-DIMM maximum 2 gigs.  This memory should work for you: For the replacement procedure, see page 5-15. The hard drive is shown at Page 5-7.  The hard drive type is EIDE aka PATA. This is "legacy" (obsolete) hardware and larger sized PATA drives are getting hard to find. There is no size constraint imposed by the BIOS or hardware, but the market may not supply you with anything bigger than about 320 gigs and it is going to be expensive to find a new one. The biggest I ever saw was a 500 gig but I have not seen one of those in years. You want to try to find a 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm model although 7200s are extermely hard to locate. 4200 rpm models are just too slow to use.  Here is a 320 gig on eBay for about $100:  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.
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A:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

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A:Adding a new hard drive

It is pretty simple.

If this is a standard ide drive, check how the current drive is jumpered. If it is set to CS [cable select] set the new one to CS also. Connect the drive to the unused ide connector on the cable. The ide cable should have three connectors; blue to the mb, black to the master drive, and gray [which should now be empty. Connect the drive to the gray end. Connect a spare molex power connector to the drive. Power on the system. The os should find the drive and assign a drive letter. Copy what you need.

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A:adding new hard drive

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A:adding a new hard drive

do you know if these are IDE drives
I'll find a picture
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A:Adding a Hard Drive

The link below will give you some basic info.

Putting in a second drive should be no problem. First you need to set the jumper on the end where the cables hook in to slave. Then you put it in and hook it to the second connector on the cable that your hard drive is hook to. (Make sure the strip on the cable goes nearest the power connector) This drive will be your d drive moving any cd drives up one letter. You will have to go into the bios to set it to autodetect the drive. Should be shown as primary slave in the bios.

it should not effect the speed of your computer to a noticeable point.

if you have any problems come back and we will help you.
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A:Adding hard drive to PC

You could buy an adapter to connect the drive internally to the PC, or you can buy an external drive enclosure that connects the drive to the PC by USB port.

The advantage of connecting internally is that you will have much better luck at data recovery if the file system is damaged because recovery programs cannot access BIOS information about an external drive.
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A:Adding Third Hard Drive Please Help

Are all HD's the same brand?

Showing as in BIOS? If in Windows, reformat the drive.

If the mobo is old, update the BIOS.

It's better to use either master or slave. Cable select can screw things up.

Modern mobos have SATA so they support up to 6-8 devices w/o add-on's. You can get an ATA/RAID/SATA PCI card and add more drives.
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A:Help with adding a second hard drive

Hi Waxalot,

welcome to TechSpot. 30Gb for a beta game? nice! is this Diablo mulitplayer? or WoW? (just guessing)

Yes you can install a second drive onto your PC and install/run the game onto your second drive.

Hope this helps

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A:Adding old hard drive to new PC

Can I install the old hard drive in the new Dell, and boot off of that older hard drive? If so, how can I do that?

Short answer to your question is "no". Your old machine and the new one are using different chipsets so Windows will refuse to boot ( you may receive a BSOD or black screen ). While there are ways to overcomes this, i don't recommend it because ;

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A:Adding Second Hard Drive

Nope. But here's a Western Digital tip:

Set the jumper on your master drive to "Single Drive" thats no jumper installed or set the jumper horizontally in the "park" position. Then set the slave drive to the Slave setting.

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A:adding third hard drive

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A:Adding a second hard drive but can't see it.

Howdy Spudboy...

Right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management - right click on the drive in question, choose Partition, then right click and choose Format...
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A:Adding Hard Drive

Since it's ME, try booting the system with a MS-DOS floppy, you can get a boot image at Bootdisk if you don't have one, and see if you can access the ME drive in DOS. I'd unplug all other hard disks during this process, that way there's no possibility of jumpering or cabling errors causing the problem.
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A:adding a hard drive

If the computer is older it's really doubtfull it has an ata100 controller. Depending on age it could be ata33, now the newer drives are suppose to be compatible but I haven't tried one in that configuration.
Another problem would be that the machine's bios probably won't recognize that large a hard drive
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Just some options and opinions
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A:Adding a second hard drive

Special Connectors not required.

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Click Start>>right click My Computer>>Manage and then on the left-hand side click on Disk management.

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was the new hd the same brand just a bigger size
or a different brand?
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A:Adding another Hard Drive

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You shouldn't have any problems. Just set the jumper on the drive and pop it in. For most systems, that's all you need to do.

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I don't know what your level of expertise is but if you are not familiar with the insides of a computer you might want to have a pro install it.

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A:adding second hard drive what to do

Please learn how to use punctuation and capitals. You've written one long sentence without any visual clues as to where one thought ends and another begins. Very hard to read.

There's nothing automatic about this.
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A:Adding a 2nd Hard Drive

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A:Adding another hard drive

Cable postion does matter. The master has to be at the end of the cable.
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A:adding another hard drive

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A:Adding Hard Drive

Try CTRL-ALT-ENTER keys either from a DOS prompt or during bootup process.
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"so should i be worried about viruses "
Probably. You never know what the person before you has done.
If the drive is formatted and wiped clean that is no longer a possibility though.

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We need to look up the system config to ensure that the drive will in fact fit into the case first.

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Pls post the make/model of the drive as well.
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A:adding a hard drive to my computer?

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