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Today I will install and connect this SSD hard drive in an existing computer system. I will proceed step by step and show everything as accurately as possible. In addition to the hardware installation I will talk about BIOS settings and Windows installation real quick.
I ordered this Solid State Drive online. This is an low price model of Intenso with 128 GB of storage. There are multiple hard drives running in this PC and this SSD will later hold only the operating system and the programs. For my needs, the size therefore is sufficient, of course you can also purchase SSD hard drives with larger storage space. Especially if they are to be operated in a laptop, this is certainly useful. In addition, the many different SSD hard drives available differ in their access speed. Here it is only worth to spend more money if the other components of the computer also support higher access speeds.
First, I take the hard drive out of its packaging and check the component visually. Here you see the two terminals, the narrow one is the SATA data connector and the wider the SATA power connector. All contacts and the hard drive itself look new and undamaged, it should be checked prior to installation, as manufacturing defects or shipping damage happen now and then. Compared to conventional hard drives, the SSD is lighter, which comes in handy when using it in portable devices.
The Windows installation will be set up again after installing the new drive. So before I disconnect the old hard drive I'm making a list of programs I want to reinstall later. For this I got to the Windows Control Panel "Programs and Features" and note down what programs I want to install later. This way, I do not forget any and my system will be ready to use again as quick as possible. I also secure all the data that I want to keep, for example, to an external disk.
Now I disconnect all plugs from the back of the computer and take the whole device to my workspace. In this case this is an HTPC case which fits well into a rack or on a shelf. But the housing shape is not relevant for the installation of the hard disk. I now need to open the case to which I have to loosen 4 screws. I use a Phillips screwdriver. Then I can open the case. Here we see that several SATA hard disks are already installed. The housing has a total of 6 3.5 inch hard disk bays. Here in the middle is still plenty of room, so I want to install the new hard drive here. But the SSD can't be put in just like this. This PC has only 3.5 inch hard drive bays. This means an adapter frame is required for the new SSD drive. Which I have ordered with the drive for a few bucks. It is screwed through the standardized holes in the shaft in the PC, but before that the hard drive should be mounted here in the middle. These frames can hold up to 2 hard disks of the size 2.5 inches. In order to be able to install the new hard drive properly I will take off this stabilizer bar. In this case the hard drive bays can simply be removed, which makes installation a lot easier. For this I release the two retaining screws and pull out the shaft. Now I check first what way around the adapter is supposed to sit in later so that nothing sticks out and the disk has the connectors to the right side. Now I can mount the hard drive to the adapter frame. For this purpose I push the SSD between the metal plates, adjust the screw holes and tighten the screws. All hard drives of this size have standardized screw holes which will now be used for installation. If the drive does not fit between the mounting tabs, just bend them a little. Now the adapter frame with the new drive can be pushed into the bay and aligned with the screw holes. Nothing is supposed to stick out on this side so that it can be reinstalled without problems. I also ordered this new SATA data cable. At one end it has an angled connector which comes in handy if there is not much space - so in this case. Since the processor cooler is relatively large there is not much space behind the Bluray drive. Here I will now use the angled cable instead of the normal one that's being bent pretty bad. Now I put the hard drive bay back in its position and secure it with the two screws.