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How to add a 2nd internal hard drive to HP Pavilion desktop

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I want to add a 2nd hard drive internally, I just recently installed a SSD drive as the primary drive and installed Windows 7 Enterprise. Now I want to take the original hard drive and make it a 2nd drive. I did this once before but can't figure out the connections.

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1, installed clean
HP, Model a6600f
Processor Intel Pentium Dual CPU E220 @ 2.2Ghz
4.0 GM RAM

Here's the orig hard drive
orig hard driveHere's the orig hard drive connected - SATA connection I think
connected via SATAHere's what looks like are connectors - but they're not going on the orig hard drive.
HP connectors
I reviewed this HP link which was good but doesn't seem to apply to my case.
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Question by:Alaska Cowboy
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Go to any radio shack, computer store,Fry's, etc, and get a power adapter that mates with the larger connector you are holding,and the other side is going to connect to the wider pin set on the SATA disk.

Cost $3.00 or so.  (They also make same thing as a Y connector with the large white mating into 2 SATA power connectors, price about the same).
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by:Alaska Cowboy
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dlethe, ok, thanks, simple enough for the power adapter.

But the little connector doesn't fit the SATA data connection ...
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There is a small L shaped  connector on the motherboard, and one on the SATA HDD. Almost always black.  Your picture has a flat red cable attaching to one of the drives using it.  You will need one of those with same connectors on both sides.

Then the little power adapter.  Just google SATA power cable adapter. Lots of pictures.  I really would be surprised if you didn't get one with one of your disks and just forgot about it or threw it away.
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by:Alaska Cowboy
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dlethe, ok on the flat red cable. last time I did this I didn't have to go to radio shack . . .

I googled SATA power connector too, I see that's a common thing . . . thanks.

I'll leave this open next two days, won't be able to get to store until Sat.

Thanks !
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I can see empty SATA data connectors on the motherboard in your picture. All you need are a SATA power adapter to convert a molex plug to SATA as already mentioned and a SATA data cable. Both are readily available on line.
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willcomp, ok, good, I should be able to get this done now, thanks.
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willcomp has you pointed in the right direction.

FYI,  the little white power connector is for a floppy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berg_connector
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dlethe
>>Go to any radio shack, computer store,Fry's, etc
- done, and purchased both connectors :-)

willcomp
I can see empty SATA data connectors on the motherboard in your picture
- yep, I got it, will tackle the install tomorrow, thanks for the links !

tailoreddigital
>>the little white power connector is for a floppy.
- good to know too, thanks.

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will post results by end of weekend.
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didn't get to this yesterday, but will attempt to install tonight, but looks like a walk in the park . . .
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Well, I got the drive installed and it shows up but something's wrong . . .

It shows up as "Factory Image (F:)", with one folder, "Recovery", that has nothing in it . . . When I booted first time, it just said "installing drive" or something like that, it asked to restart, and there it was . . . naked and stripped . . .

The drive is 320mb, but F:\ drive only has total 12.1 gb, 10.4 used, and only 1.65gm free . . .

ahhhhh . . .
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by:Alaska Cowboy
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Well, what-a-you-know, my orig hard drive showed up as "E:\" drive, yea !

I have some other issues with my drives, but I'll post other questions.
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I'm back in business now :-)
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