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Replacing A Hard Drive In A Pc

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I am going to tell you how to replace a hard drive in a PC. It just takes a few simple steps to do this, it is really not that hard. You can trust me since I have an a+ certification in computer hardware and software. I know what I am doing, I am an expert.1. First of all, you need to shut off your computer. To do this press the power button on the front of the computer after you have shut it down from Start> Shutdown on your start menu.2. Unplug the power cord from your computer. This is the big black/white/grey plug that plugs into the power supply on the back of your PC.3. Unplug the rest of the wires from the back of the computer.4. Find a sturdy flat surface on which to work on.5. Unscrew all screws from the back of your computer except the power supply screws. You will make a mess if you unscrew the power supply screws.6. Open your computer up by taking the side panel off, or sliding the cover off. It might be difficult but it will come off if you have taken all the screws out.5. Now before touching anything inside, it is a good idea to hook up to an anti-static wrist strap. If you dont have an anti-static wrist strap, just touch the side of the computer where it is metal to deshock yourself. Then when you touch the inner components you wont risk damaging any of them.7. Find the power supply, it should be in a rack near the front of the computer inside, and would be about 3/4 of an inch thick and 5 inches long by 4 inches wide.8. Once you find the hard drive, unplug all of the cords connected to it.9. Unscrew the screws that are holding the hard drive in place, but watch out for screws that are holding the hard drive together.10. Remove the hard drive from the computer, set it aside.You're done with the first part, and putting the new hard drive in is as simple as reversing the process. There is one thing I should tell you though. There is a part on the back of the hard drive that is called the jumper region. Make sure the jumper is set to master, or if you are using more than one hard drive, set it to cable select. You always want your hard drive to be the master and the CD-Rom to be the slave. (CD-rom drives have a jumper region too) This is just so that BIOS recognizes your drive correctly.Thank you, happy computing!Xad

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