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Install An Additional SATA Hard Drive

April 27, 2017 Jon 28 Comments

Install An Additional SATA Hard Drive

We go over installing a new SATA hard drive into an HP Proliant ML110. This procedure should teach you the basics of IDE and SATA hard drives (new SSD drives still use a SATA interface) and how to install and configure a new drive alongside an existing internal drive in your computer.

This is a video I originally created with a friend of mine when we were about to launch a website called computershopvideo.com. Then the youtube revolution started and instructional videos abounded. Hopefully, it will still be of some use.

Old Hard Drive File Transfer to New Laptop (Sabrent USB 2.0 To SATA HDD Adapter)

So after my HP Laptop failed I pulled out the Seagate 320GB Internal SATA HDD and I had some Music, Photos and other files on there which I need to retrieve over to my new Asus Laptop. In the video I use the Sabrent USB 2.0 to SATA HDD Adapter to open up my older HDD and to transfer the files from there over to my new Laptop. Overall a very easy and cheap process that is very effective!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let me know!

Thanks For Watching!!
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  1. Ok kami
    April 27, 2017 - 3:34 pm

    Good explanations and well presented. I like how you stated the differences between the IDE and SATA drives, esp with regards to the different connections. Good work, guys!

  2. Cuppa Tea
    April 27, 2017 - 3:39 pm

    It doesn't say SATA on my 3TB seagate. It's a Barracuda XT. Is that a SATA still? By the way it's my external hard drive with plug socket and USB, but the usb connection broke off, so i'm trying to connect it to the PC instead.

  3. Faroek Nasierkhan
    April 27, 2017 - 3:39 pm

    D**n dude, that's some really bad cable management!

  4. jahangeer p.a
    April 27, 2017 - 4:37 pm

    thank guys.. very very helpful vedeo

  5. J Nieto
    April 27, 2017 - 5:20 pm

    Thank you guys. Much appreciated the lesson. It helped 110%.

  6. Celaztian R Corera
    April 27, 2017 - 5:44 pm

    thanks guys for a wonderful video

  7. Jim Shannon
    April 27, 2017 - 5:52 pm

    My Compaq PC is 10 years old. Now I know how to upgrade it with a sata hd. Thanks.

  8. Sheu _
    April 27, 2017 - 6:34 pm

    I am running out of room on my primary pc and I have another PC with an extra drive already installed. Can I take the extra drive out and put it in my primary or should I just transfer the data from my primary PC onto the other one? P.S. My primary PC has Windows 10 whereas the other has Windows XP, not sure if it makes a difference but just wanted to make sure.

  9. kalhoon
    April 27, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    you know the straight side is for the board and the 90 is for the drive,to help keep cables out of the way.

  10. A.R. Srinivasa Rao
    April 27, 2017 - 8:06 pm

    The video is very informative.  Thank you guys.

  11. Gnashty
    April 27, 2017 - 8:48 pm

    This might be an old video but you guys are awesome helped me so much so I am subbing for it.

  12. king rta
    April 27, 2017 - 9:09 pm

    thanks guys. i only needed the last 2 minutes but you got there. lol 

  13. surfthewav3
    April 27, 2017 - 9:28 pm

    Thank guys! Very interesting to get your experience and knowledge along with it. A+

  14. slowie mcvee gaming
    April 27, 2017 - 10:00 pm

    Thanks guys,,,this you tube video helped me heaps.

  15. charizard4410
    April 27, 2017 - 10:45 pm

    This video is very well explained, i can't find anything wrong with it.  It shows a very standard/generic style of computer which most people will be able to see a resemblance between their computer and the one in the video.  If I had never installed a hard drive before, this would have been very useful to me but i would recommend this video to anyone that i did not have time to teach or could not meet me in person.

  16. PersianImm0rtal
    April 27, 2017 - 11:45 pm

    Omg, thank you! Great video! Just installed my EVO Samsung 840 SSD, this video saved me!!

  17. victoria ballon
    April 28, 2017 - 12:39 am

    I hooked every thing up and plug it in now I get a error message what do I do now and will hurt my new computer?

  18. Jadzia Dax
    April 28, 2017 - 1:17 am

    You saved me almost $200. Thank you so much!

  19. 4B112stepn
    April 28, 2017 - 1:27 am

    Hi Bryan. I find your tips very useful. I just recently sent my old laptop out a few months ago to be upgraded from windows vista to Windows 7. When I picked it up all my important files such as memorable wedding pictures and all other important pictures were erased. I would've appreciate it if the guy had called me in advance before he went ahead :'( . Any chance of me retrieving those back??

  20. Michael Carter
    April 28, 2017 - 1:36 am

    This is in response to the question in the video about retrieving files from an old hard drive that Windows Explorer, for example, cannot read. I Had a couple of 2 tb drives crash. Data was on them I'd saved for years. I mean everything that mattered in computer world. The error message in this case was: "This drive is not formatted." There are a couple other error messages that show up, but that was mine.

    My first response, after panic, was to spend $65 on MiniTool Power Data Recovery. I bought a 2 tb WD Elements to save whatever data I might be able to recover. That retrieved the files but by file type! Thus, I have 5400 .doc files and 390,000 jpegs in what you might call piles. There had to be a better way, and there is. Pounding Google I found the following source: http://html5.litten.com/updated-how-to-fix-external-disk-drive-suddenly-became-raw/ .In this excellent, but somewhat technical article (but then this IS a technical issue) the kind author uses two FREE files, one for testing the drive and the other for retrieval. The latter is a little gem called testdisk. It works in the command line (what we used to call DOS, but the instructions on the page are plump with graphics.

    I was able to retrieve everything, by folder, with testdisk. This, I strongly suspect, is what the techs use for the same purpose and charge you a fortune for.

    BTW, the author mentions that the most common cause for external HD failure is unplugging the USB connector without going through "Safely remove hardware" process, something I always thought was silly but that I now follow faithfully.

  21. Brianna D'Auria
    April 28, 2017 - 2:28 am

    Super helpful! I was going in circles trying to follow the small user guide in the box. Thank you.

  22. Babchak
    April 28, 2017 - 2:40 am

    Hey, I have a question. I just bought the same thing that you have, except that it's a USB 3.5 instead of a 2.0. When I tried connecting the USB port to my lap-top, it didn't have a problem detecting it, but when I turn the HDD on, it disappears. Is there a reason why it does that?

  23. Jazzalaka
    April 28, 2017 - 3:12 am

    Thanks! My computer broke down a whie ago and since then i have bought a new laptop, but i still needed to recover the couple year's worth of files stored on my PC hard drive. I have removed it and just need a cable now to connect it up, very helpful 🙂
    The only thing is i am trying to transfer  XP program files and data to a windows 8.1, will the files be affected?

  24. Beardy McJewsenheimer ESQ
    April 28, 2017 - 3:15 am

    Maybe you can help me with my issue. I got this to access three internal drives from a PC that went t**s up on a laptop. One was the main drive which was 160GB and the other two both 500GB and had nothing but video files on them and were both nearly full. I accessed the 160GB main drive and one of the 500 gig storage drives with no issue. However the other 500 GB drive, I'm having issues with. I plug it in and it recognizes it, but it's like it has no files on it. I can't access anything other than "Properties" which say it is working properly. It's weird. It shows up in the "Devices and Printers" section as "USB to ATA bridge" just like the other two but it gives me no option to access the content. And the little thing to access it doesn't pop up like it does for you, although it does for the other two. Other two it works flawlessly. And in the Computer section, it doesn't appear under the hard drive section, while the other two did. What is this? Is the data corrupted? Is the drive screwed? I ran some software from Western Digital that scans the drive at it claims the drive is working properly as well. But I can't access it. Any help would be appreciated.

  25. Akshay Gawli
    April 28, 2017 - 4:03 am

    I have my old internal harddisk with windows 7 installed in it… i want to transfer my data from old harddisk to my new laptop with windows 8.1 …. will it work? also my old harddisk is partitioned in 3 drives (like D E F..).. coz in ur video it shows up as single drive.. so can i retrieve my data from other drives..? Reply asap..

  26. TheMichael Arch
    April 28, 2017 - 4:51 am

    clarification: does the Recovery and Hp Tools are one of the partitions of the hard drive?

  27. S. W.
    April 28, 2017 - 4:53 am

    Does this work on Sata Drives and IDE Drives?

  28. Mike B
    April 28, 2017 - 5:52 am

    I started having problem with windows on my laptop not loading. I ended up taking the Hard Drive out, plugged it into a USB SATA
    Hard Drive and was able to retrieve my files on C: drive
    I bought a new Laptop ( windows 8 ) and plugged the USB SATA and transferred files from old laptop ( Windows 7 )
    However I have a problem. I can not view and backup my important files that I had on Desktop.
    On old Hard Drive I click on  "USERS" I get an a message saying "I do not have permission to access this folder" and I am given options
    of "Continue" or " Cancel".
    When I press on "Continue", It give me an option to set permissions for users in "Security Tab". When I choose read/write permissions and press apply, It tells
    me windows is not able to save the setting.
    Anyone knows how to how to get my files from desktop?
    Thank you in advance

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