There are many types of PC users out there. Some are content with the storage space that they are initially given, and others find themselves running out of storage space, which will lead them to eventually adding more storage space into their build.
How do I know which type of storage device is best for my PC?
- There are three types of sizes for your PC: 3.5 inches(usually HDD), 2.5 inches(usually SSD), and M.2
- The choice of best storage device for your PC is determined by what you are planning to use the extra drive for; e.g.
- HDDs are good for overall general storage of files such as documents, pics, media files, etc.
- SSDs are a sound investment for gamers as it allows users to access games and programs faster as it does not require the PC to boot from a mechanical drive
- M.2s are even faster and smaller than SSDs. M.2s are usually housed on the motherboard without the need for any cables. M.2s will facilitate the transfer of large files and are even quicker than the processes of SSDs.
How do I know how much extra space I can add to my PC?
- PC users must determine how many extra SATA ports they have on the motherboard. The amount of extra SATA ports determine how many drives they can add into their PC
- For the SSD and HDD, the user must check their case to see how many extra slots they have for additional drives. For M.2, the user must check how many M.2 ports are free on their motherboard. M.2 SSDs also have varying sizes and not all motherboards have space for all types of M.2 SSDs
- PC users must also check to see if the PSU in their build have additional SATA power connectors (ex. Only one spare SATA connector will mean only one 3.5HDD or 2.5 SSD can be added)This does not apply to the M.2.
- Make sure to buy more SATA data cables as most drives do not come with SATA cables
How do I install the drives into my PC?
- Install storage drive into the appropriate location (3.5-inch drive bays for HDDs, 2.5-inch bays for SSDs) M.2 Slot is on the motherboard
- Make sure SATA power is connected to PSU, and SATA data cables are connected to the motherboard
Step One: Remove the 3.5” hard drive tray from the side of the case and attach the hard drive disk (HDD) to the tray. Re-attach the tray to the case.
Step Two: Remove SSD tray from the case. Secure the SSD to the tray using the four screw holes located on the backside. Return the tray back to the case and screw into place.
Step Three: Connect the SATA data and power cables
How do I make sure the drive is detected in Windows?
- First, go to the start menu and in the search bar type “Create and format hard disk partitions” and click on it.
- Right click on the drive you want to add and click on “Change drive letter and paths”
- Click “Add” then click “Assign the following drive letter” to whichever drive letter you want
- Press Ok and the new drive should show up in MyPC/My Computer