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How to Add an Extra Hard Drive

The fastest way to over come the storage problems is a second hard drive, in addition, its great method to protect critical data. It’s not only an easy and quick way as well as it’s a cost effective, approximately 1$ per gigabyte. So if you need additional storage on your machine, this article will tell you the simplest way to push you forward towards living this experience and obtain your desired results.

Instructions to follow:

As long as you reached this part, this means that you are about to begin this exciting process, shall we delve?

  • First check if you want the Serial ATA or IDE (parallel-ATA). Although older machines have the IDE (Parallel ATA), modern ones might support only (Serial-ATA). To make sure of that, you can open up the case and try to distinguish the used drives type. Usually the IDE drives have a flat and wide ribbon cable. The SATA ones have thinner cables and no jumpers.
  • Free a room for an extra hard drive:
  • Restart your machine then log into the BIOS-Menu.
  • Hit the Standard CMOS Settings.
  • Restart your machine
  • See a trusted manufacturer to get the external hard drive you want to add , make sure that its compatible with your master hard drive
  • Turn off your machine, unplug all cords attached to it from the back and unscrew all the screws of your case.
  • Place the screws in a well know place then remove the side panel and drag it out of the case.
  • Look for the region where all flat ribbon cables (or even the SATA cables) attach to the mother board.
  • Pose the jumpers to change the drive status to a slave or a master. Follow the instructions printed on your hard drive to do so. Meanwhile you won’t have to do so if you were dealing with a SATA, as each SATA device uses only its own cable, IDEs can share devices.
  • Locate the empty bay inside your machine case.
  • Connect the ribbon cable that to your hard drive.
  • Connect the Molex power cable; you can distinguish it by the 3 thin internal wires of red, yellow, and black. Notice that SATA drive has a non similar kind of power cable.
  • Place the side panel where it was to your computer then screw it back.
  • If you reached here it’s the last step as you will have to plug all of cables, connect them back to their power source incase while installing the drive you unplugged them.
  • Now we need the computer organization to feel all the changes, and that’s why you will restart your machine. Log into BIOS startup (depending on your mother board manufacturer you can show it by either pressing F10 or DEL key on keyboard). Now check back the BIOS Auto-Detect to make sure that the additional drive got detected. Check the screen that presents the both the Primary and Slave drives, you should see the name of the new added one.
  • Once you log into it, you will face 4 settings named as following: PRIMARY MASTER\AUTOPRIMARY SLAVE\ SECONDARY MASTER\ SECONDARY SLAVE. Hit them all and change them into Auto-Detection.

Some users ask does it work with me if I had a Macintosh machine. Same goes on Clamshell-Cases those small shape cases from Dells operate differently.

As a tip, we recommend you to use SATA drives as they are pretty much faster than IDEs, plus the IDE ribbon really stands against the air flow.

The Lightening Fast-Light Peak

Data transfer speeds of late have become the bottleneck for faster devices. There are just too many types of buses available for high speed data transfer like SCSI, SATA, Firewire, HDMI etc, none of which can support the speed required for the devices of the future. USB 3.0 does seem promising but with a raw data transfer rate of 4.8Gbps it doesn’t sound futureproof. Then there is a problem of length of the buses too which none of the current technologies can address. Enter Light Peak, Intel’s brand new brainchild, the future of data transfer. Harnessing the speed of light, Light Peak uses optical fibres to attain speed as high as 100Gbps as claimed by Intel.

Although optical fibres were long used for data transfer such as long distance telephony and broadband internet, they were not useful for indoor applications as they could not be bent beyond a certain angle. In a common household passing an optical fibre through the nooks and corners was just not possible. Optical fibres leak light when bent too much and this results in loss of data.

In 2007, Corning Incorporated had come out with a new technology for optical fibres which could be bent at high angles too. This was achieved by employing nanostructure reflectors which would keep the light trapped inside. Normally an optical fibre was wrapped around in a metal sheath to prevent bending at sharp angles. This would increase the bulk of the wire. Thus the new technology also made the wires lighter as the metal sheathing could be done away with. This new type of optical fibre was named Clearcurve.

Intel has employed Clearcurve in the development of Light Peak. A simple Light Peak cable consists of two optical fibres covered in a flexible braided copper shell. Two fibres means data transfer can take place in both the directions at one time. The copper shell while providing physical protection is also used to power up the device. The resulting cable is much thinner than conventional cables like the one used for connecting different peripherals. Intel also claims the length of the wire could be extended as long as 100 metres. Speed has been claimed at 10Gbps with scalability to 100Gbps.

Intel has demonstrated a prototype light peak cable at the IDF 2009. A special Mac Pro motherboard was used to stream two full HD displays and also LAN and hard drives over a 30m long cable. To ensure backward compatibility with older motherboards Intel has also designed a PCI-e card to connect to light peak devices. Western Digital is already offering light peak technology with its My Book 3.0. They have included a PCIe card as well in the bundle. Intel estimates light peak will be employed on a large scale by the end of this year.

Light Peak could be used to drive anything from LAN to display devices. It has the potential to replace many of the old standards while offering higher bandwidth and thinner and lighter cabling.

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