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Installing HDD Have an Acer E380 want to add a second harddrive to it, how do I do it? the machione came with no manual on what wire to use I have the drive put it in the machine just can't figure out how to connect it

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  • PaulJustPaul May 31, 2008

    I know how to connect hardrives on my old computer, but on this Acer Aspire e380 the power cables get in the way because the entry to the harddrive housing faces inward. Also, the cable I need to read data is being used by the dvd player and the second head doesn't reach where I want to put my harddrive.


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Well..the power supply is most likely ok..what you'll need is an interface cable, which is of one of two kinds..if it's new, it's a SATA drive cable, otherwise, it's going to be Eide or IDE..

are you certain that drive is compatible?

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These are examples of SATA harddrives,

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When buying a harddrive it is best to,

1) Look for the right amount in size, but also look for one that has the largest Buffer.

The Buffer is the cache for a harddrive.
The buffer area is a small memory area.
It is the first memory area the device looks for.

The larger the Buffer, the faster the harddrive will be at gathering, or giving information.

2) Spindle Speed:
Normal spindle speed has evolved to 7200 RPM. (Revolutions per Minute)
Older harddrives were 5400 Rpm, and even slower.

There are newer harddrives out with much faster spindle speeds. 10,000 rpm on up.

Unless you are a full time gamer, with wanting to have the fastest computer possible around for gaming, there is no need for a harddrive faster than 7,200Rpm.

[If you are not aware of how an average harddrive's mechanical makeup is constructed;

Inside the harddrive case are Platters. These Platter's resemble CD disks, and are constructed of highly polished metal, or glass.

The Platters rotate on a Spindle. The construction is akin to a record on a phonograph.

There are 3 to 6 Platters, and maybe more with newer harddrives.

EACH Platter has a ReadWrite Head above it, and Below it.

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Each Read/Write Head is attached to an Arm. The Arm sweeps the ReadWrite Head across the Platter.

When the harddrive is operating at full capacity, the ReadWrite Head can be moving across the Platter, at Hundreds of Times a Second!

The Read/Write Head is located above the Platter at a distance, that is around 1/6th the thickness of an average human hair.

(Approximately .0005, or can be said as 5 ten-thousandths of an inch. An average human hair is .003 thick. {3 thousandths)

Between the distance from the Platter, and the fast movement, there is a cushion of air formed in-between the Read/Write Head, and the Platter.
The Read/Write Head literally floats above the Platter.

The Platters are coated with a magnetic media. In otherwords this media can be magnetized.
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The pattern is a series of 0's and 1's.
Zero being Off.
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More information about harddrives can be found here,

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