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How To Install Or Change My Computer's Hard Drive

How To Install Or Change My Computer's Hard Drive

VideoJug presents a short video with the expertise of Philip Bourton from Vista Technology Support, showing you how to install or replace your computer's hard drive.

Step 1: You will need

  • An anti-static wrist strap
  • An electrical screwdriver
  • Memory Modules

Step 2: Static electricity

Static electricity can seriously damage the components inside a computer. To avoid this you must ensure you are grounded when operating inside your computer. One way to do this is to purchase an anti-static wrist strap which you should wear at all times. The wrist-strap plugs into an electrical socket which will automatically discharge the static electricity in your body.

Step 3: The hard drive

A hard drive - which is also called a "hard disk" - is much like a filing cabinet. The programs and data are stored on the hard disk and the computer accesses them as they are needed. When the computer accesses the hard drive, it is reading and moving the stored information into the RAM memory. That memory is the temporary workspace. However, the original file is still on the hard disk and is left undisturbed until the file is saved.

When the computer stores or "saves" information, it writes the data to the hard disk. That process results in the old file being replaced or modified with the new information. If you save data to a new file, or install new software, the information is written to the disk in an available, unused portion of the disk.

Step 4: Getting into the tower

Open both sides of computer case by removing screws at the back of the tower and sliding the panels off.

Step 5: Remove cables

Remove the data cables and power cables from the back of the old drive

Step 6: Unscrew drive

The drive should be held in place by screws on both sides of the tower. Remove the screws with one hand supporting the drive. Once the screws are removed slide the drive out of its holder.

Step 7: Match the jumpers

Once the old drive is removed, look at the position of the jumper on the drives rear. This jumper tells the drive whether it is the computer's main drive or auxiliary drive, so you must make sure that the new drive's jumper is in the same position as the old one.

Step 8: Install the hard drive

Screw the drive in and replace the data and power cables. Then replace the tower's side panels.

Step 9: Re-install your software

When you have switched the computer on you will have to re-install all your software. Start with the operating system then all the others you require in any order. On a PC the operating system is generally Windows, on a Mac it is generallly OS.