How to install a new hard drive

Installing a new hard drive in your computer is an idea that can seem as crazy as changing a car part. And yet, it is quite childish! You shouldn't be afraid to put your hands in the heart of the beast, which is more like a sort of big Lego than a Bugatti Veyron engine.



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| You must first open the side door of its central unit. In our case, the closing is ensured by hand screws, so you do not need a screwdriver to open the case. In other cases the screws will be more conventional (cruciform type) and it will therefore be necessary to go from the wrist. For owners of "big brand" type computers (HP, Packard Bell), you should not hesitate to pull the side wall strongly enough, it often being quite hard to slide. |
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| You must then locate the hard drive connection, a SATA model (for Serial ATA) here. We then notice that two connectors are needed to make it work. The larger one on the left is the power cable. It is therefore necessary to find one free in the various cables coming down from the power supply. The second, smaller, connects the hard drive to the motherboard so that it is recognized by your system. The connection is established with a SATA cable (orange cords in our photos), so make sure you have one since it is rare for branded PCs to provide an additional one with their hardware. |



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| Finally, the connection to the motherboard is done quite simply. Once a free SATA socket is located, all you have to do is connect the other end of the cable to it and you're done. All you have to do is close your case and turn your computer back on. | |

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