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Finding it difficult to install a second hard drive on hp dc7700

I have an h[p dc7700 sff and I am trying to add a second hard drive as the one it came with has virtually run out of space. I do not know exactly where to plu the second one in as there is a spare power cable for it but cannot find a spare data cable. Currently I have 80 GB and is trying to install a 300 GB.
Can you please help me.
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  • joseph_sakyi Jan 16, 2009

    Apparently, there is a slot for it. I have taken the data cable from my optical drive and connected it to the second drive and it is working perfectly. I think what i need is another data cable for my optical drive as the motherboard has got a spare slot for it.

  • joseph_sakyi Jan 16, 2009

    The only snag is where to get another data cable.

  • ZachG85 May 11, 2010

    i just looked at a picture of this computer and I don't believe another hard drive can fit (not sure because i only saw a picture of the front)

    there are two directions you can go with this:

    1) replace the old hard drive with the new one.
    2) add the second hard drive for storage purposes

    to do the first you would need to clone your old drive, if this is what you want i can try to walk you through it. the first thing you want to do is chase the cable running from your old drive and tell me if there is another port available.

    for the second i would recommend getting an external enclosure for the drive that you can plug in via usb
    example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...





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Some older sytems don't have the option to add a second hard drive
can you save your files on cd's or travel drive and then install the new hard drive

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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    DEKR Jan 16, 2009

    your tellin me you can't remove your old hard drive and use those cables

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    DEKR Jan 16, 2009

    you can usually buy the data cables

    i would get it from a small pc repair outlet

    you'll get it cheaper

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