Hard Drive Upgrade

An Install Guide On How To Upgrade Your Own PC Hard Drive

Hard Drive Upgrade Install Guide

Final Steps In The Hard Drive Upgrade

Turn off the computer. Now all that needs to be done is to remove the old hard drive from the case, change the IDE connector on the new hard drive to be the master IDE connector (the black connector), and to change the jumpers on the new hard drive to indicate the hard drive is the master. Put the computer case cover back on and reconnect all the connections, including the power cord.

Power on the computer and enter the BIOS. Here's how the new hard drive looks in the ABIT KT7A BIOS now that it's the only hard drive in My Super PC.
ABIT KT7A BIOS Standard CMOS Features menu with only the new hard drive installed, the IBM Deskstar 120GXP 80GB hard drive.


Restore the value of the BIOS parameters "First Boot Device", "Second Boot Device", and "Third Boot Device" to the way you like. Save the BIOS changes and exit the BIOS. The computer should boot up normally to the desktop.

Here's the size of each partition for the hard drive after the upgrade. Notice that each partition has been proportionally increased.
Partition sizes of old hard drive


Run "DiskScan" and "Disk Defragmenter" on the new hard drive

A respected and commonly used utility for measuring hard drive performance is HD Tach, which is a free download. It's a good idea to run HD Tach just to ensure everything checks out ok. The performance results you get may vary due to factors such as the speed of the Front Side Bus (FSB) and the ATA supported by the computer. If you do run HD Tach then first run Disk Defragmenter and do it before GoBack is re-installed.
HDTach Results


If you had to uninstall GoBack then it can be reinstalled whenever you like.




Skip Ahead

  What You Need For A Hard Drive Upgrade - Home
  Screws, Antistatic Wrist Strap, Hard Drive Fitness Test
  Norton Ghost
  Norton Ghost Boot Disk Select Type
  Norton Ghost Boot Disk Create
  Norton Ghost Finish
  Old Hard Drive Partitions
  General Considerations About Upgrading The Hard Drive
  BIOS Changes
  Add The New Hard Drive - Jumper Pins
  Mounting Holes, Drive Cage
  Hard Drive Connectors
  Mounted In Drive Cage
  Installed Inside Computer
  Recognized In BIOS
  Hard Drive Fitness Test
  Copy Old Hard Drive To New Hard Drive
  Norton Ghost Source And Destination
  Norton Ghost Destination Drive Details
  Norton Ghost Progress And Finish
  Final Steps
  Site Map


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