how do i install a second HDD?

The cable which goes from my motherboard to the CD ROM then to the HDD has no other slot to connect another HDD. I do have another power connection. Do I change my connection cable (excuse the poor terminology) or should I get another cable and plug it into the slot on the mother board which is the same size as the one now in use?
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Get another IDE ribbon cable and run it from your secondary IDE controller on your motherboard.  Make sure you go into your bios and check to see that your secondary IDE controller is enabled.
U have to buy another cable and attach it to the free connector at the motherboard.
Any IDE cable will do.
One thing to watch for is:
IDE cable with a "cut" wire (a little hole in the ribbon) is intended for "CS" setting on the HDD.
Ordinary cables uses master/slave config.
> should I get another cable and plug it into the slot on the mother board which is the same size as the one now in use?

Yes. On the second hard-drive, set the jumpers to "master" (not "slave", and not "master-with-slave-present").

Boot your computer, and enter BIOS-setup mode.
Select "auto-detect-IDE-hard-drive".
If offered the options 'Normal/Large/LBA', choose LBA.
Exit from BIOS-setup mode, and boot Windows.

Use Start --> Run --> type 'FDISK' to create a "primary partition" on disk #2 (be careful to not alter disk #1).
Windows may force you to reboot when you exit from FDISK.

Reboot, and use My Computer --> Drive 'D:' (your CD-ROM will move to 'E:') and second-mouse button click on 'D:', and choose 'Format'.
get a new cable and plug it into the motherboard right next to the other cable goin to the cdrom and hd.... then plug that into the new hd and check the jumpers first... set it for "Secondary Master" it should work fine then...

you might have to goto the BIOS and set it up... thats where it says "Press XXX to enter setup", press that and look around for the hd settings, you want it to be "auto", the first hd should be set for this... sometimes the others are turned off by default, but its real easy to change.

then u will need to fdisk it... after you successfully boot with the new hd in, goto dos prompt and type in "FDSIK" then press enter to enable large disk support and press 5 to change hd... goto the new hd.. then "create primary partition" and make it as big as u want.... then exit and restart the pc, goto dos prompt and format the new drive letter... it will then be completely ready for use.

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