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It looks like there's an empty drive bay in my Gateway GM5446E Core-2 Duo desktop computer. I happen to have a spare Western Digital 500 GB Caviar drive. Can I use 2 hard drives in this machine?


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You should be able to - but just as important as an open bay, is a connection to the motherboard and power is necessary. It would also matter which type of drive you have, IDE or SATA. If Sata, and the computer has Sata power, it should be a simple matter to add a Sata cable to an open connector on the motherboard. If IDE, you'd either need to have an open IDE port on the motherboard, or an open connection on an IDE cable. If there is no open port, but an open connection, you'd just have to set the drive to be the Slave, and it should otherwise work fine.

Realize you will probably need to partition and format the hard drive for the system to be able to utilize it.
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