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Adding Second Hard Drive to Gateway NV7802 laptop

I have a Gateway NV7802 laptop. Want to add a second hard drive in the available bay below the memory. Can't figure out how to insert it into the black plastic piece.

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  • jorwig Nov 21, 2009

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  • jorwig Nov 21, 2009

    It is a Gateway NV7802 laptop; came out only a few weeks ago in the Windows7 release.

    I am talking about adding a second hard drive not replacing the primary. Several other users have said they added the hard drive from their older laptop into this second slot. It is inside the case. If you read the reviews on Best Buy you will see comments about the second hard drive plus someone posted a picture.

  • jorwig Nov 21, 2009

    I did contact Gateway first and they said they couldn't/wouldn't help install a "third party" drive into the unit.



    Based on the Best Buy reviews, I know that several people have done it and they gave no indication that it was a big deal.



    Can I send pictures of the inside of the laptop?

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Hello Jorwig: If you can send me pictures of the install bay for you laptop i would be more then happy to assist you in install the drive. Also make sure you don't need a harddrive caddy for this second drive. But most harddrives are mounted from the bottom with four screws holding the unit in place. But i need to see pictures of the unit first to assist you more. Send pictures to Delhielectronics@live.com

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I have read both manuals available from Gateway and neither one has any direction at all! I am going to call gateway myself on monday, just because this is pretty ridiculous. How would the average user ever figure it out. They don't even show a picture of the bottom without the covers on or any explanation. It is pretty self explanatory job if you've done it enough. Once monday comes around I will call them myself. I would suggest you contact them as well. They will be able to give you step by step directions.
http://support.gateway.com/support/?cmpid=topnav
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Hi


Thanks for using FixYa. Before you start the procedure to install another hard drive, shut down the computer and unplug the power cord and all other cords running from computer's case. You will also need to unplug any network cables or telephone lines. Lay down a towel, and Place your computer on a flat and level surface at a comfortable height. Make sure that the surface is very sturdy and will support the weight of the computer easily. Remove the thumbscrews from the rear of your computer's casing. Gateway desktop computers use large thumbscrews that are easy to grasp and turn, without the aid of tools. Remove the side of the computer tower and set it aside. Lay your tower down so the open side of the computer is facing upward. Shine your light into your computer case, so you can easily see the slot for hard drive. Typically, on Gateway systems, the hard drive is located on the front of your case, directly behind the air vents. Pull the hard drive bay out of the computer and place the additional hard drive into the bay, and screw the hard drive in. Once you have both screws tightened, replace the hard drive bay into your tower case, and reattach the screw that holds the drive bay to the case. Replace the side of your case and reattach the thumbscrews. Reattach your cables for your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Also reattach your phone and/or network cables as well.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


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Rylee

Posted on Nov 21, 2009

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