Install Secondary Drive

The purpose of this guide is to help you install your hard drive that crash or the hard drive that you are going to run a recovery on. We will be walking you through how to install the drive on your computer.

Step 1. Identifying what kind of hard drive you have

There are three main interfaces that computer hard drives use. Bellow is a picture of each interface a description


Mostly found on servers and in raid setups. Chances are this is not you.


Most common kind of hard drive connection used from around 2000 till 2008.


This is the most common kind of drive in today’s world. If your computer was built after 2009 chances are it’s a SATA interface.

Picture of What SATA and IDE looks like on your Mother Board

Once you identify what kind of hard drive you have you can ensure your mother board on the computer you are installing the drive on has the needed connector slot. You can always just use a USB connector like USB 2.0 Cable Adapter SATA IDE HDD device shown on the data recovery equipment page and below

The above makes it very easy to install a secondary drive if you do not wish to permanently use that drive on your computer.

If you are installing the hard drive internally then you should be able to use the same old IDE or SATA cable from your computer and use that with the computer you are installing the drive into.

First thing is to find an open slot for your hard drive. Most likely and extra slot will be located next to the current hard drive that is installed on the computer. Ensure your computer is off and un-plugged and install the secondary drive into your computer, connecting both the power cable and the IDE or SATA cable.

The above picture shows an IDE drive mounted and hooked up in a computer. The same look will apply with SATA and SCSI with just different connectors.

Now it is safe to plug in your computer and turn it on. When your computer boots up your system should auto detect your drive and you can begin to run your recovery program.

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