How to piggyback a larger hard drive on my dell dimension e310 computer
I think you are talking about adding the 500GB Hard Drive to your system. It will give you more Disk Space, but not more memory. If you want to add the drive just Remove the Power Cord, Remove the Case then notice how the hard drive that is already on your system is in the drive bay and the cables going into it. There should be another empty bay above or below for you to place the 500GB Drive. There are also some extra cables that will plug into the drive. Once you have the drive in place and the two cables plugged into it, put the case back on then plug the power cord and plug it up.
Your system will recognize the hard drive once windows boots up. Click Start/My Computer and you should see your Local C Drive and the new 500GB Drive. If not, shut the down then restart it and notice what key it says to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup and hit that key. Once you get into the setup look for the hard drives. You will probably see your old drive listed as Sata 0 or Sata 1. You want to take the next Sata that is available and set it to Auto so that it can automatically get your new drive's configuration. Once you do that, save it and exit out of the Bios then Reboot.
Once the system recognizes your new drive you can copy things from the old drive to it. You can't just copy programs, programs have to be installed to the new drive. But you can copy things like your documents, music, pictures and videos to free up space on your original drive. Also when you download and install things, it will default to going to drive c which is your old drive. You can change it to go to your new drive by just changing the letter c to whatever is assigned to your new drive. Most likely it will be drive d, but you can click Start/My Computer and see what the 500GB drive's letter is.
Maybe you friend had some cloning software where he could just clone your old drive onto your new 500GB Drive, then you could make the 500GB drive your Local C Drive by switching the cables.
May 06, 2012 |
Dell Dimension E310 PC Desktop