Hardware: How to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8

Got a new HDD? Learn how to add a new hard drive to your brand new Win8 PC!
How to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8

General Tip: Before you can add a hard drive you first have to initialize a hard drive!

Why Would You Add a Hard Drive?

Because of reduced hardware costs every home user or computer professional purchases additional hard disk drive in order to increase the storage capacity of the computer. Connecting a hard drive physically to a computer is quite simple task which includes connecting power cable which comes out from the Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) to its respective port available in the hard disk drive and connecting one end of the data cable to its respective port in the hard disk drive and the other one to the appropriate controller present on the motherboard.

The challenging part, however, is the initialization and partitioning of the hard disk once it is physically connected to the computer and the computer is started.

As a Windows 8 user if you want to initialize a newly connected hard disk to the computer you are required to follow the steps given below:

1 Logon to Windows 8 computer on which a new hard disk is physically connected. Make sure that you use an administrator account to logon.

2 From the options available on the screen click on Desktop.
Click on Desktop Icon

3 From the desktop screen right click on Computer icon and from the context menu that appears click on Manage option.
Click on Manage Option

4 From Computer Management snap-in click on Disk Management option from the left pane and if you have installed a brand-new hard disk you will automatically be displayed with Initialize Disk box with the checkbox checked on the hard disk that is newly installed and needs to be initialized.

5 Click on Ok button to leave everything as default and initialize the newly connected hard disk.
Click on Ok Button to Initialize Hard Drive
Once initialized, the hard disk can then be partitioned and formatted according to the requirements.

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