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Can I add an additional internal hard drive? - HP Pavilion a350n PC Desktop


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Hi,

Yes, you can add additional hard drive.Please follow the below steps to add the drive sucessfully.

STEP 1:

Make sure you have room for an extra hard drive, here's one way to do this:

1. Restart your computer and go into the BIOS menu as per below instruction.
Steps to enter BIOS:
After turning ON, immediately press the F10 key if your computer was built in 2006 or later (came with Vista). Press the F1 key if your computer was built before 2006 (XP or earlier). Press the key once every second until a BIOS Setup utility screen opens.
2. Go to the "Standard CMOS Settings."
3. In this menu, you will find four settings labeled as follows: PRIMARY MASTER:, AUTO/PRIMARY SLAVE:, SECONDARY MASTER:, SECONDARY SLAVE:. Change all fields to auto detection.
4. Reboot your computer.
5. On the first or second screen, you will see something like the screen above and it will say detecting (drive(prim/sec)) : (name of the drive if present). If any of them say none, remember which drive it is. If all of them have a drive name, all your bays are filled and you can't add a new hard drive without removing a disk drive or hard drive. Consider making an external USB drive.

STEP 2:

1.Shut down your computer.
2.Unplug all of the cords from the back of your computer and pull the computer out from the desk.
3.Remove the case screws. If you're having difficulty, it's a good idea to consult your manual on how your particular case is removed. Put the screws in a safe place so you don't lose them. Remove the side panel and place it out of the way.
4.Find the area where all the flat ribbon cables (or SATA cables, which are smaller and usually red) connect to the main board. Find the cable that corresponds to the free drive either primary or secondary.

STEP 3:

1.Set the jumpers so the drive knows whether to act as a master or slave. The jumpers are the set of pins on the back of the hard drive. They'll have a couple of rubber or plastic blocks covering some pins. Find the diagram or instructions for your new drive on to set the jumper for the master/slave.
2.Find the empty bay in your computer case. Using the screws that came with the drive or computer case, mount the drive.
3.Connect the cable to the hard drive. If it won't go in, make sure that the safety bump is aligned with the hole.
4.Connect a Molex power cable, (a smaller connector with red, yellow, and black wires.)
5.Put the side panel back on the computer and put the screws back in.
6.Plug all of the cables back into the rear of the computer, and connect them to their power sources if you unplugged them.
7.Boot up the computer. Go into your BIOS at startup.Check the BIOS auto detect to ensure the second drive is detected. On the screen that shows that primary master/slave,secondary master/slave you should see the name of your new hard drive.


Thanks & Regards
Rizwan.



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