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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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