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How To Install a Western Digital Hard Drive

Published at 03/19/2012 01:49:27


Eventually, as time goes by, your internal hard drive will crash. This is an almost inevitable consequence of owning a laptop. And to be honest, there is no real reason to pay another person to replace a hard drive for you, as the process is both simple and easy. One of the best internal hard drives on the market, and oddly enough also the cheapest, are Western digital hard drives.

Western Digital Hard drives are generally cheap, come in every size, work well, have effective warranties, and come in both SATA and other formats.

You'll need know how, tools and an actual hard drive before you can install your Western Digital Hard drive. so we will show you how to get the tools and know how in five easy steps.

Step 1

The first step is figuring out what kind of Western Digital Hard drive you need, if it's for a laptop it will either be 2.5 SATA drive or 3.5 SATA drive, depending on the age and laptop model. If the laptop is very old (pre-2006) it will most likely have a 3.5 inch drive, if the laptop is more modern (post 2007) it will most likely have 2.5 inch drive. Western Digital drives come in the new SSD format as well as the older, more common, HDD format.

There are many major differences between the two formats, and if your laptop is post 2009 it will most likely be able to handle a SSD drive. SSD drives are small, fast, efficient and silent. But they are also very expensive, and hold very little memory (maximum of 160 GB), while on the other hand, HDD drives are slightly loud, do not run as efficiently as SSD drives and are a bit larger. But on the flip side, HDD drives are much cheaper, hold far more memory (up to 1,000 GB's) and are far more common and work with a much larger variety of laptops.

Once you have decided which one of the two types of Western Digital hard drives you want, it's on to the next step.


Step 2

Once you have decided on the type, it now time to decide the size. If the selected Western Digital Hard Drive is an SSD type, then you can choose between 25, 64, 80, 100 and 160 GB's of memory. Not much in the way of multimedia storage on SSD devices. So if you are an avid gamer, or have a vast collection of games, music, movies and pictures; or plan to have a vast collection soon, than you are better off with a HDD Western Digital hard drive.

HDD hard drives on the other hand, start off at 60, an continue mounting from 60 to 80, 120, 250, 320, 640, 750 and finally 1 TB (1 TB is about 1,000 GB's), so if you're into gaming or movies, music etc., then you'll be better off with HDD drive.

Step 3

The third step is to gather all you tools; you will need a screw driver, a cloth and a place to put screws.


Step 4

The fourth step is research the method of installing a Western Digital Drive, as methods differ per laptop model, so just Google "how to install a hard drive (computer name and model)", use the same search term in Youtube for a video of the installation process.

Step 5

The final step is to follow the instruction you have found, and enjoy your new Western Digital Hard Drive!


Ask a friend if you are not sure.

Most companies will agree to install the drive for you, as long as you have purchased your drive from them.

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