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How do i add an internal hard drive
Posted by Anonymous on
Dell has not published the procedures for installing an additional SATA hard drive, the Inspiron 3847 has a second 3.5" bay, for the second hard drive next to the primary hard drive, there should be a set of rails located in the bay, two 6-32X1/4, phillips head screws are needed, to attach the rails.
The procedures on pages 26 to 28 of the owners manual should give you an idea of what is required for the installation.
You will need a SATA data cable there should be a spare SATA power connector inside the case.
After installing the drive enter the system setup and check that the hard drive is 'enabled' [on] and recognized.
For Windows to recognize the second hard drive, it must be partitioned and formatted.
Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management, right click new drive, select format, then you can assign a drive letter.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
make sure you pc is turned off before you start. To add additional internal hard drive you will need to get SATA hard drive. when you open up your pc there will be a slot to put it in. on the new hard drive there will a display with shows you how to make that hard drive a slave. move the little thing to the right place and plug it in. when you restart it should read it .
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
Leave the cable connection as it is. That is, one ribbon cable for the 2 dvd drives and the original cable for the old hard drive. You dont need to set the jumper on the second hdd. It has to be set to 'cable select'. Then make sure to connect the second hard drive to the middle port of the ide cable. Don't forget to connect the power connector to the drive. It should work that way.
Two ports on the motherboard
primary ide controller port (for master and slave hard drives. both drives jumpers should be set to cable select. then make sure to connect the right ends of the cable to the drive. middle port is for slave. port on the end is for master. check the power connectors for both drives.)
secondary ide controller port (for 2 dvd drives.)
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
Your Hard Drive may have failed. to be sure. enter setup (F2) then run the hard drive diagnostic utility. a scan can take up to an hour or more and will tell you if your hard drive has failed. if it has you will need to replace it and reinstall your operating system
Posted on Apr 21, 2009
SOURCE: Hard Drive Upgrade
Yes, the motherboard should support that size drive with no problems. You will have to reinstall windows using the discs that dell sent you originally. Be aware the drivers for dell can be tricky to reinstall.
Posted on Oct 29, 2009
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