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How To Install An Additional Hard Drive Into a Laptop


One of the most important parts of a laptop is the storage device known as the hard drive. A laptop comes with different storage sizes that are determined in terms of gigabytes (GB). These sizes range from as low as 10GB to as high as one terabyte that is 1000 GB. With the slimness that comes with a laptop, many people find it hard to replace or add a hard drive to a laptop. Once your laptop is out of memory and you need to add additional hard drives do not go looking for specialists to do the work for you, just trust yourself and make the addition on your own. By following the following steps, it will be very easy for you to do the addition.

Step 1

First, remove the screws from your laptop panel. Removing the screws will require you to have a screwdriver that will make the process easier for you. Make sure you are putting the screws in a safe place so that you will not lose them. After removing the screws, take the panel off the back of the laptop and set it aside. Now you will have a good view of your laptop inside.

Step 2

Now locate the laptop hard drive which is about 2.5 inches wide and is covered by an aluminum shield. See how the laptop hard drive is connected to the laptop. This will help you know how you will add the extra drive. It is advisable that you don’t touch everything that you see in your laptop as you might damage them. Now that you have learned how to connect your hard drive, you can move on to the next step.

Step 3

Now place your new laptop hard drive on to the empty bay that is available in your laptop. For side access hard laptop drives, just push the hard drive into the bay. Your laptop might also have a back access drive.  If so, just angle the drive into the bay pin end first to connect the drive and then push the drive into the bay. If it requires screws then put them in their required place. After making sure that all the hard laptop drives are well placed and are properly connected, return the aluminum cover to each hard drive.

Step 4

After installing this new hard drive into your laptop, now put on the cover without forgetting any screws. Making sure that all the screws are in their right places as this will help you make the cover or panel tight and that will make your laptop safe from damage. Make the screws reasonably tight but not so tight as it might tamper with the threads on the cover. After the laptop is well covered, turn it around and test if the hard laptop drive was successfully installed.

Step 5

You can check your new laptop hard drive by booting the laptop up in the basic input/output system. This will be effective if no external hard drives are connected to the laptop and then power it on. Press F2 before Windows begins to load. When the basic input/output system loads, check the listing of hardware in your laptop. If you don’t find it in the list, then you will have to reinstall it physically. But if it shows, then reboot and load Windows normally.


With this information you will not need a specialist to install your new laptop hard drive, you can be a technician yourself and enjoy your laptop from there.

Sources and Citations

Hardware installation related websites.

By Hannah, published at 03/01/2012
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