How to install or replace a hard drive in desktop PC

Install or replace a hard drive in desktop PC, Step by step with clear images to follow.

I will show you exactly how to mount install or replace a new Hard Drive or SSD into your desktop, very easy step by step with clear images to follow. If you have any questions you can leave it in the comment section, and I’ll try to help the best I can.

What you need

A hard drive,
SATA cable,
Power supply to SATA cable,
Turn off your computer.

Step 1: Connect the cable to the power supply.
Plug in the power supply cable into the power supply, here is how the power supply cable looks like.

Power supply to sata cable

The part that is marked in the red circle goes’s into the power supply where it says SATA or something like this.

power supply front panle

The picture above is how a power supply looks in the front where all cable’s go in, as you can see it has a couple of slots in the bottom row and on the top row you can put it on any of the slots as long it is marked with the SATA label.
Most hard drive cables are 6 pin connectors if yours is not you can rearrange it as you need, look in your power supply manual for how to do it.

Step 2: Connect the Hard Drive.
Connect your hard drive to the cable, most of the cables have slots for multiple hard drives as you can see the picture above has 4.

Sata connectors

It go’s in the wide slot on the hard drive, and it can only go one way because it has an L shape like this.

Connecting a replacement Sata hard drive

It may be hard to see on the picture, but when you will have your hard drive and cable you will see what I mean, and the same will be with an SSD.

Step 3: Mount the Hard Drive in your case.
Now mount the hard drive into your case, it is hard to give an example for this because each case is different but I’ll show how it should look like.

brackets easy replace a hard drive

And it go’s somewhere here,

computer case hard drive slots

Make sure you have the tiny scrolls to hold it in place good.

Step 4: Connect the SATA cable.
Connect the SATA cable to your hard drive, both sides have the same plug, there are some cables where one site it is shaped like an L, if so than that side goes to the hard drive, it may be important so your case panel can close,

This cable also has an L shape connection so it can only go in one way, as you can see.

L shape sata cable - install ssd hard drive into desktop

This go’s in the short spot on the hard drive next to the other cable.

hard drive sata slot

The other side go’s into the motherboard at the SATA slots, it looks like this.

motherboard sata slots

If you will look at your motherboard you will find it easily, and make sure to firmly insert the cable it should click in.

Now turn on your computer if everything works fine and your PC recognized the new hard drive than your DONE…

But if not, continue.

Step 5: Format the new Drive.
Go to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools, this should bring up a screen like this.

computer management

Select “Computer Management” where the red arrow is, this will open a window like this.

disk management screen shot

Go to “storage” and select “Disk management”  where the red arrow is, and it will open a window like this.

Disk management

You can see in the image there are 2 hard drives both have a blue line on top which mean they are recognized, However if your hard drive is correctly connected you should see a block with a black line and will be labeled as Unallocated Storage, what you need to do is right click on the Unallocated storage and select “Format”  and OK.

If it is a new hard drive then it won’t take long to format.

This is how you install or replace a Hard Drive in desktop PC

I hope you liked the article if you still have any questions leave it in the comment section.
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