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.
I want to add a second hard drive to my computer. I don't really know what I have to do. Can I just get a hard drive and plug it in and use it? I assume it would need to be formatted right? I am just trying to find out what has to be done after the hard drive is installed to make it so I can install programs on it. It wouldn't make a difference if I got an internal or an external hard drive would it? I know I am probably asking some stupid questions, but I just want to make sure I know what I am doing here. If it matters I am using windows XP. Thank you in advance for your assistance on this.