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By waldeck ·
can i install two hard disks on one computor?

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by DKlippert In reply to hard drives

Yes.
Almost all computers will accept a 2nd drive. We would need more information for specifics.

Make sure that the 2nd drive is set up as a "Slave". The instructions in the box will tell you how to set up the jumper.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to hard drives

Yes...if they are IDE drives, you can connect 2 per controller. You will need to jumper one as the master and one as the slave. Then go into the BIOS and make sure the drives are both recognized and configured properly.

If you are using SCSI drives you can connect many. Make sure each has a unique SCSI ID.

Good luck...hope this helps!

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by TheChas In reply to hard drives

As the others, the answer is yes you can have multiple drives.

On a standard PC, you can have up to 4 IDE devices. These include hard drives, CD drives, DVD drives and Zip drives.

If you need more devices, you can add a PCI IDE controller cardfor an additional 4 IDE devices.

I ALWAYS recommend that the second hard drive be from the same mfg as the first.
While all hard drives are suppossed to work together, having both drives from the same mfg avoids potential conflicts.

As a sidenote, when you add a new hard drive, your existing CD and other extra drives move up a letter.
If your existing drive has multiple partitions, you might want to considder setting up the new drive as an extended DOS partition. This way, Windows will not assign new letters to your existing logical drives.

Chas

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by opatzg In reply to hard drives

Sure, depending on the vintage, some cases will keep you from adding a drive since there is no place to put them so look at the case first, Also you will need a power socket, obviously you can get a splitter (y-cable) if you don't have the extra power plug, then there's the ribbon cable connection, if you stilll have an available one you'll soon learn the meaning of slave and master which involves the jumper pins on the hard disks. One drive will need to be the master on a shared cable and the other will need to be a slave. Kind of a higher archial pecking order for disk drives. Other than that there may be disk size limitations depending on motherboard/operating system/vintage of pc/type of disk drive. A Little more info and researchwould help on this. Good Luck!

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