and a port to connect it. You'll need to check whether you're motherboard uses SATA, PATA or both. Some have a RAID port that can be configured as a standard port. You'll need the proper power connector. Most PCs will have plenty of connections from the power supply. If you can get the drive in the machine, cables properly connected, etc., you're ready to fire it up. If your choice is IDE (PATA) you may have jumpers to consider. In any event, when you start the PC, your BIOS should recognize it. When Windows loads, it will detect the device but won't give it a drive letter. You will need to go to the disk management tool to partition and format the drive. It's very simple. Once this is done, you're drive is ready for data.