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Installing another hard drive

By diddlyidi ยท 5 replies
Aug 2, 2009
  1. My current PC has two 40gb hard drives
    As you can see I am short of hard drive space.
    I have a 160gb HD that I want to install.Do I just remove one of the 40GB hard drives and replace it with the new one.
    Also just wondered why the drives only show 32gb as total size.Is this because the Vista os takes up the other space.
    Thanks in advance
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Your O/S is taking up what you don't see of the 40GB.
    If it's enough, just remove the secondary and replace it with your 160GB:)
  3. diddlyidi

    diddlyidi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you
    So I just open the case remove one hard drive and stick the other one.
    Do I need to reformat the old one before I take it out?
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    That all depends what you have on it. In the event that unit is misplaced, is there anything important that you don't want in a strangers hands? Personally, I would backup everything on that unit and do a full format.;)
  5. rwc1969

    rwc1969 TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Don't remove Acer C: HDD or the system won't work.
  6. diddlyidi

    diddlyidi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    On opening the case I have discovered that i have in fact only one 80gb hard drive.
    Does this mean that the drive is partitioned and if so how can I unpartition it.
    I have freed up some of the space on my c drive only to discover that I have removed some programs which were factory installed that I would like back.I attempted to do system restore but unlike XP I can't find a suitable restore point.Any advice would be appreciated
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