Install or remove a hard disk drive

Installing a new hard disk is one of the most common upgrade tasks. Its an easy way to extend the life of a computer that is running out of storage space. When you install a new internal or external hard disk, you can boost your total disk space several times over because hard disks are much bigger today than just two or three years ago .

Sponsored Links:

Related Topics

Cannot Format Hard Disk
So my hard drive would show in up bios but wouldn't show up in the windows 7 disk selection screen even after loading the drivers numerous times. I tried to format it in my brothers working computer, it said it could not format the disk. I tried to install xp, it recognized the hard disk, but again I couldn't format. I tried to boot the GParted Live and delete/create some partitions, the disk doesn't even find my hard drive.
My question is: Is this a semi-common problem or do I have a faulty hard drive?


Hard disks appear in "safely remove hardware and eject media" on taskbar
I built a computer using an Intel INTEL-DP35DP motherboard with a Core 2 Duo CPU and two hard disks. I did a new install of Windows 7 on the computer. Everything works fine except for one disturbing glitch.

When I have a USB thumb drive attached and am done with it, I click on the Taskbar Icon to "safely remove hardware and eject media" and not only does the thumb drive appear, but so do the two installed hard disks.

This happens every time I click that icon, even when no thumb drive is attached. The two hard drives also appear in Devices and Printers in the Control panel, as does the DVD drive, which is not normal.

I am afraid I will someday "remove" a hard disk by accident.


Installing new hardware
You can install most hardware or mobile devices just by plugging them into your computer. Windows will automatically install the appropriate driver if it's available. If it's not, Windows will prompt you to insert a software disc that may have come with your hardware device.
Learn : Install a USB device; Install a printer; What to do when a device isn't installed properly; Install, view, and manage your devices and printers; Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware; Install or remove a sound card; Install or remove a hard disk drive; How can I decide which drivers are safe to install?


Problem Upgrading to a Larger Hard Drive
I have Windows 7 and I just upgraded to a larger hard drive. I cloned the old hard drive onto the new hard drive. My problem is that windows 7 sees the size of the new larger hard drive as being the same as the old small hard drive. This seems to be caused by cloning the old drive's partition information. There is only one partition on the drive, meaning the whole drive is C. In Disk Management the "Format->Extend Volume" is grayed out. How can I make Windows 7 check the true size of the new hard drive and change the partition information to show the full drive size?


Hard Drive Basics
The Hard Drive on your computer is where all your files are stored. Not only that, it's the place where the Operating System itself is installed. A hard drive is a physical thing inside of your computer. If you were to take it apart, you'd see one of more disks (called platters), one on top of the other. In a modern hard drive, however, there's usually just one platter. The disks are magnetised and can be written to and read from. The writing and reading is done by an arm which moves across as the disk is spun round. If you were buying a new hard drive, you'd see a figure like 7,200 rpm (revolutions per minute) or 10, 000 rpm. This refers to the speed at which the disks spin. The higher the spin speed the faster the hard disk will be.


Upgrading from Win XP Pro to Win 7 Pro problems
I have just upgraded my PC from Windows XP Pro to Windows 7 Pro, I got a upgrade disk, but now that I have installed Windows 7 it shows that I only have 120GB of space left on my 250GB hard-drive ?

I selected Custom Install but it seems to have got info on programs etc from XP when I click on the Windows Old folder it created, I want this to be a complete install, it should take what20-30gb of hard-drive space, how do I get it to delete everything ?

120gb is not going to be enough as I am yet to install itunes or any of my games please help !

When I upgraded Vista on my laptop to Windows 7 it just deleted everything, but it is not letting me do this on my PC I have just got the Windows 7 upgrade disk, it says it upgrades from XP & Vista.


New hard drive not showing up as an accessable drive
I had an old (6 months old) internal hard drive that I had setup as an external drive go bad yesterday so I replaced it with a brand new internal drive that I am trying to connect using my esata connector. It is the same exact setup as I had for my old drive that did work for 6 months.
The new hard drive shows up in Device Manager, and in the Devices and Printer panel, but it does not show up in my Computer Panel under Hard Disk Drives.


Can a friend use my Dell Win 7 install DVD disk?
I have a friend who's PC got into virus hell and could not be saved by any means. He had Win 7 Home premium 64 bit but has no back-up and no install disk, he does of course a valid Microsoft license serial on sticker on his desktop & the dell hard drive has actually been replaced with a larger hard drive, old drive is destroyed.

I have a DellRe-installation DVD with win 7 ultimate 64 bit, can he use that with his serial to re-install, home premium somehow on his computer, not MY win 7 Ultimate 64 but his home premium 64?

possibly to download a valid win 7 home premium 64 if you have a valid serial and my DVD won't work for him.


How to effectively partition my hard drive?
I got a Windows 7 running on my Acer 5680 laptop. Its got a dual core with 4 gb ram and 150 GB hard drive. I was wondering how can I effectively partition this drive for best OS performance and easy maintenance with windows check disk. If I have too many partitions then I gotta check disk every one of em.

One of my friends suggested that partitions are of not much use and to keep a single partition since the hard drive is just one physical device.


Windows 7 Clean Install
I've been having problems with my computer, BSOD after BSOD. I've decided to do a clean install (will backup data) and I'm stuck with a question. The computer was upgraded from XP SP3 to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Recently I added a new 1 TB hard drive and had Windows 7 reinstalled by a technician. Due to some unfortunate circumstance which I believe stems from a bad WD My Book external hard drive, I started getting BSODs of all sorts.

when I start the installation of Windows 7 and it prompts me for the partition to install in on, the only choice I see is E:\, no C:\.

E: happens to be the original 320 GB hard drive that I left in the computer as a slave. I'd like to install it on C:\, the 1TB hard drive.


Formatting disks and drives: frequently asked questions
Hard disks , the primary storage devices on your computer, need to be formatted before you can use them. When you format a disk, you configure it with a file system so that Windows can store information on the disk. Hard disks in new computers running Windows are already formatted. If you buy an additional hard disk to expand the storage of your computer, you might need to format it.
Here are answers to some common questions about formatting disks and drives. When do I need to format a disk or drive? What do I need to do to format a hard disk? What file system should I use? What's a quick format? What are partitions and volumes? How do I create more partitions? How do I add a new hard disk? What does reformatting my hard disk do? Why do I get an error when I try to reformat my hard disk?


Missing 250 gb off hard dive out of a 1000 gb
I'm looking for help for a problem that's been bugging me for two days. I've noticed that ever since I installed an upgrade of Windows 7 from Vista, I've "lost" 250 gb hard drive out of 1 tb hard drive.
Both Disk Managment and Acronis Disk Suite show the proper amount of 915 GB, but for the life of me I can't figure out where the rest of the drive disappeared to.


Check your hard disk for errors
Sometimes, your computer is noticeably slower or programs "hang" when you access certain files. This problem might occur because there are errors on your hard disk drive. You can troubleshoot the problem by using the Disk Check tool in Windows 7. Disk Check can identify and automatically correct file system errors and make sure that you can continue to load and write data from the hard disk. You can use Disk Check in Windows 7 not only for local hard drives, but also for removable media such as USB memory sticks or memory cards.


All of my hard drives show as removeable
All of my hard drives, even my C drive, show up on the "Safely Remove Hardware" menu. They are correctly listed under "Hard Disk Drives", not "Devices with Removeable Storage", yet they still appear on the "Safely Remove" menu. I am not going to try ejecting the C drive for fun. How do I get the "Safely Remove" menu cleaned up? All drives are selected for "Better Performance" and "Enable Write Caching" on the Policies tab. I am using Windows 7 Pro 64.


Reclaim used hard drive memory with Disk Cleanup
Microsoft Windows 7 has a built-in utility that will free used hard drive memory increasing available storage space with a click or two of the mouse. While disk drive storage is relatively cheap these days, users and administrators are always looking for ways to increase the amount of available memory space on their hard drives. A well-established Law of Computer Programming states: "Any program will expand to fill available memory."


No boot device detected on computer startup
Recently I got a new hard drive and installed it with the intention to install windows 7 onto it from a disc. First, I decided I would copy a couple files onto it to make sure that I didn't lose a few of my documents during the change.

Now, whenever it starts, it gives the error "No boot device detected, insert system disk and press f1 to continue." So, I putin my windows 7 disk and rebooted the computer.

Windows installed just fine, and it functioned properly. However, when I turned off my computer, once I turned it on again it gave the same error. I found out that I could install windows 7and get it running, but when it turns off it seems like it no longer functions.

I have tried some other solutions and they have not worked. I am fairly certain that the hard drive is set up correctly.


Disk Cleanup
This will show you how to add Disk Cleanup to the context menu of all hard drives in the Windows 7 and Vista Computer window to make using Disk Cleanup easier to use on a selected hard drive.


Create a new partition with Windows 7 tool
Use the Disk Management Tool in Microsoft Windows 7 to add a partition to a hard disk volume so you can create a new logical drive. In a previous blog post, I described how to use the Microsoft Windows 7 Disk Management tool to shrink an existing hard drive volume: "Quick Tip: Shrink a Hard Drive Volume in Windows 7." Once you have shrunk a volume, you can then establish a new partition on the newly empty space and create a new logical hard drive for your Windows operating system. Here are the steps to make that happen.


Boot disk not showing hard drive partition - lenovo Y510
It's main problem is while I insert my boot disk it is not showing my hard drive partitions


secondary hard drive not showing in my computer
I have a 250gb hard drive which i have windows 7 and ubuntu installed onto and a 1tb and a 1.5tb hard drive formated in ntfs(from when i ran mainly xp)
The disk drives dont show up in my computer but they do show up in disk management however they show as black(unallocated) despite the fact i know that is is allocated and has stuff on which i can still access via ubuntu and i cant assign them a label i know that they definatly work and are in ntfs format as i double checked this through ubuntu im sure its a simple fix but googling hasnt seemed to have turned it up yet.