How to connect a drive to a laptop?
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If you no longer have enough memory to store the information you need, or if you need to transfer a large amount of information from one computer to another, the best solution would be to use a hard disk.
In this article we will explain how to connect a drive to a laptop.
Change internal hard drive
Replacing an existing hard disk is as follows:
- Locate the bay with the installed hard disk (located on the bottom of the device) and remove the cover from it by unscrewing the fastening screws;
- Carefully remove the hard drive without damaging the connectors;
- Check the contact strips - if they are damaged during removal, return them to their place using a screwdriver with antistatic;
- Remove the screws securing the guide box and remove the hard drive from it;
- To install a new HDD, follow the steps in reverse order.
When connecting an additional hard drive, remember that in modern laptops there are no special external connectors for such a connection, as in a regular system unit.In this regard, it will be necessary to purchase an SATA / IDE adapter for USB input. You can buy it in any computer store.
It is also recommended to purchase a special hard pocket or container for HDD, which already has the necessary built-in adapters to facilitate the process of use.
An additional hard disk is installed as follows:
- Connect the USB connection cable to the laptop and to the hard drive. Remember that it is recommended to do it only with the notebook turned off to avoid breakdowns;
- Connect external power to the drive. Often, power from a single USB port is not enough;
- After turning on the laptop HDD should automatically appear in the Explorer. If this does not happen, you will need to install additional drivers. They are either bundled or easy to find on the Internet;
- It is strictly forbidden to turn off the power of the hard disk during its operation. In addition, after you finish working with a hard disk, it is recommended to safely remove it before disconnecting from a laptop, by analogy with disabling a regular USB flash drive.
Installing an external hard drive
With an external hard drive, things are much easier. Its main difference lies in the fact that external drives were initially designed as external media so that you could easily and simply connect your device to a laptop anywhere. Therefore, such hard drives, as a rule, do not use external power, but are powered from one or two computer USB ports. However, there are exceptions.
- Insert the USB cable into the laptop port with the appropriate side, connecting the other end of the wire to the HDD;
- If necessary, connect a second USB cable;
- Connect an additional power cord (if available);
- Wait until the laptop detects new hardware, and the hard disk icon appears in the explorer.
Once again, it should be noted that the indisputable advantage of external hard drives is that they can be used not only for storage, but for the safe transfer of large amounts of information from one device to another.