How to add an extra hard drive

How to add an extra hard drive

There is little arguing to the statement that no one pays attention to the size of the hard drive when buying a computer. Most people, at the time of buying, only think about RAM, graphics card and other things.

Sooner or later, every hard drive reaches its limit. Almost every computer user faces a problem where he/she fails to store all of the information in one hard disk. Thus, a secondary storage unit is required for this purpose.

You can, of course, remove some files, or burn them to a disc in order to avoid adding another hard drive. It is best that you install a new hard drive, which will save you from deleting files and data loss.

With a lack of permanent memory available in the PC, it is highly recommended to add a new hard drive in order to save your important data. To do this, it is crucial to choose the right type of hard drive. In addition, it is necessary to check the possibility if your computer’s motherboard allows for an additional hard drive.

A user may encounter different problems while connecting two hard drives because a problem usually arises when you connect them without knowing the correct configuration of the motherboard, as well as boot priority.

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First, you should make changes to the hard disk interface. Now, almost all hard drives are connected through SATA. To find out if your motherboard supports SATA interface , you can read the manual or check online by searching for the exact model and manufacturer’s information.

Turn off the computer and all the devices connected to it. Remove the system unit cover and then place it at one side because it will be easier to get access to the interfaces of the motherboard.

After the SATA-interface is found, connect one end of the SATA-cable. Insert the hard disk into the empty slot housing the computer. Next, connect the hard drive to the second end of the cord.

If your motherboard does not support the SATA-interface, or you got a hard drive with an ATA-interface, the connection procedure in this case is not much different. Connect the ATA ribbon cable to the system board and the second end of the line to the hard drive.

If you did not have a free port ATA, then you can use the ATA-train, which allows you to connect a few ATA-interface devices. These cables usually come with your motherboard or you can buy them at a computer accessory store.

After connecting the hard drive close the system unit. Turn on the PC and the operating system will automatically install all the necessary drivers.

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How to add an extra hard driveHow to add an extra hard drive to your PC:

This quick guide teaches you how to install a second hard drive in your PC. Keep in mind that installing a second hard drive in modern laptops is not possible. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing a second internal drive, you can always just use an external hard drive for your PC.

How to add an extra hard drive

Method 1: Adding an Internal Hard Drive:

1. Make sure that you have room for a second hard drive

Typically most Gaming PC’s will have space for a second hard drive, but you should always check beforehand.

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2. Buy a SATA internal hard drive for your computer:

If you don’t already have a SATA hard drive that you want to install, buy one before proceeding.
You’ll generally want to buy a hard drive made by the same company which made your computer (e.g., HP).
Some hard drives aren’t compatible with certain computers. Before buying a hard drive for your computer, search for your computer’s model and the hard drive’s name (e.g., “HP Pavilion compatible with L3M56AA SATA”) to see if they’ll work together.

3. Turn off and unplug your computer:

You should never attempt to alter your computer’s internal components while the computer is running, as you may seriously harm both yourself and the computer.
Some desktop computers will take a couple of minutes to finish running after unplugging them. If this is the case for your computer, wait until the computer’s fans have stopped running before proceeding.

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4. Open your computers case:

This process will vary from desktop computer to desktop computer, so consult your computer’s manual or online documentation for specific instructions if you don’t already know how to open the case.
You’ll usually need a Phillips-head screwdriver for this step.

5. Ground yourself:

This will prevent accidental damage to your computer’s sensitive internal parts (e.g., the motherboard). See our guide on how to ground yourself correctly HERE.

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6. Find an empty mounting space:

Your primary hard drive will be mounted in a rack that’s somewhere in the computer’s case; there should be a similar, empty rack near the hard drive. This is where your second hard drive will go.

7. Slide your second hard drive into the mounting space:

It should fit under or next to the primary hard drive, with the cable side of the hard drive facing you.
In some cases, you’ll have to tighten the mounting space with screws.

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8. Find the hard drive attachment point:

Follow the current hard drive’s cable all the way down to where it plugs into the motherboard, which is a green panel with circuits on it.
If the hard drive’s cable resembles a ribbon, your current hard drive is an IDE-type hard drive; you’ll most likely need an adapter to plug the second hard drive into the motherboard.

9. Attach your second hard drive:

Make sure that one end of the second hard drive’s cable is firmly plugged into the second hard drive, then plug the other end of the cable into the motherboard. It should fit into a slot next to the primary hard drive’s cable.
If your computer’s motherboard only supports IDE connections, the slot on the motherboard will be a couple of inches wide. You can buy a SATA to IDE adapter that plugs into this slot, at which point you can plug your hard drive’s cable into the adapter’s back.

10. Attach the second hard drive to the power supply:

Plug one end of the second hard drive’s power cable into the power supply box, then plug the other end into your second hard drive.
You’ll usually find the power supply at the top of the computer case.
The power supply cable resembles a wider SATA cable.

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11. Make sure that all of the connections are tight.

If your second hard drive isn’t properly plugged in, your computer won’t be able to recognize it later.

12. Plug in and turn back on the computer:

Now that your second hard drive is physically installed, you’ll need to allow Windows to recognize the hard drive.


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Hi all. I just jumped on the 2x160GB for $90 deal, which means I now have a total of 6 hard drives. My case’s HDD cage only holds 4. I don’t want to go external so can any of you think of any options for mounting two extra hard drives? I only have one CD-ROM bay free, and that’s probably going to be filled in the next couple of weeks or so.

I was thinking of just shoving another hard drive cage in there.

You can see my setup here.



All that’s in one machine? Network your storage, dude. But if you insist on having it all-in-one, you can suspension-mount the other two drives with 3/8″ shock cord.

Just for god’s sake, ensure you have adequate cooling for all of those. The two things that kill hard drives are dust and heat.


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Buy a Lian-Li PC-Vxx00B series.


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Maybe this is just me. but do you actually need all of those drives? Couldn’t you maybe replace a couple of them with the 160s that you just bought?

That would be a lot easier than going through some contortionist activities just to throw in some more giggage.


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Thanks for the replies. As far as the existing 4 go, they are quite cool (lukewarm) and I can feel air being pulled from the 120mm through the tiny spaces between the drives. I sealed the fan in such a way that it cannot just pull air from the sides; it has to pull air past the drives.

I don’t have money for a whole new case

Yes, I need 840 gigs. On the 520GB that I have now I only have about 7 free.

As messed up as this sounds, I think I’m going to have to make a box and mount it to the front top of my case next to the rad.


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What about the 3 5.25″ bay hotswap that hold 5 HDDs i linked?

edit:nm that’s probably out of your budget.


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Originally posted by: MercenaryForHire

All that’s in one machine? Network your storage, dude. But if you insist on having it all-in-one, you can suspension-mount the other two drives with 3/8″ shock cord.

Just for god’s sake, ensure you have adequate cooling for all of those. The two things that kill hard drives are dust and heat.


Elite Member has a 4-drive Firewire enclosure on their site, but if you’re determined to cram them inside that thing, has 2-drive brackets that they sell to expand their cases to 4 drives (under $10 – get the rubber drive cushions/special screws for it too while you’re there). Up to you to figure out where/how to put it. Only needs two screw holes to mount the fixed part – the drive bracket then snaps onto that similarly to the bracket you now have. You have to call them to order as there is no e-commerce function on their web site – stupid, I know.


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There have been mid-sized, and even full Tower Height cases with undersize HD cages for the size case. Someone was making a lovely pair of hangar brackets that attach to the outside of the existing cage and extend it into empty space below for three more 3 1/2 Hdd’s; CompUSA was selling them for 12.99 at first, then for 14.98, and apparently not selling tons of them, so they no longer list that product.

I wish that I’d bought two pairs when I had the chance. Now I wish I could find a new source for those neat brackets.


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Originally posted by: iamtrout
Thanks for the replies. As far as the existing 4 go, they are quite cool (lukewarm) and I can feel air being pulled from the 120mm through the tiny spaces between the drives. I sealed the fan in such a way that it cannot just pull air from the sides; it has to pull air past the drives.

I don’t have money for a whole new case

Yes, I need 840 gigs. On the 520GB that I have now I only have about 7 free.

As messed up as this sounds, I think I’m going to have to make a box and mount it to the front top of my case next to the rad.

Putting them on top will most likely facilitate 36″ IDE cables, which are a bad choice for data integrity. That case is overused in my opinion; I would save up for a workstation case with proper cooling designed into it. Thinking back I setup a few cases that had the hard drives setup like that, never been able to keep them cool under heavy use when they are stacked like that. My fan was sealed up in the same manner as yours but it sucked are from the cracks and the sides on the inside rather than through the hard drives, weird. I ended up selling it and getting a nice workstation case for under $100.

You will learn everything about adding old hard drive to new computer, thus keeping the customized system, programs and personal data. The biggest advantage is you don’t need to reinstall Windows from scratch.

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  • Case: Can I put my hard drive in another computer?
  • What problem you may encounter when adding old hard drive to new computer?
  • Example: Adding old hard drive to new computer in Windows 10
  • Wrapping things up

Case: Can I put my hard drive in another computer?

“My old computer with windows 10 installed with a 1tb SSD the old computer has failed but the hard dive is still working, my question is how do I install the old SSD hard drive with windows10 installed on it to my new computer? I do not want to lose the programs or activate the windows 10 again in the mew computer. Can this be done? If so, can you send me instructions?

How to add an extra hard drive

It you don’t want to leave those important data on your old computer behind, like files, pictures, programs, and even the operating system, it may seem a good idea to add old hard drive to new computer and use it as usual. But how can you do it exactly? Are there some potential risks and problems during the operation?

Keep reading and you will find all the information you need below.

What problem you may encounter when adding old hard drive to new computer?

In the earlier Windows system, such as, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, you may encounter the driver conflict issue, especially with lower-level hardware like your hard drive’s SATA controller. And, if the license of computer is OEM, this will be another issue. You can either get a new license or deactive the license in the old computer an reactive in the new computer.

In addition, if your computer is over the last decade, and the drive is PATA (IDE), things become more complicated, because virtually no consumer motherboards these days have PATA ports. At this time, you will need to either get a USB-to-PATA external enclosure, or a PATA controller card to install in an expansion slot on your new system’s motherboard.

How to add an extra hard drive

In the latest system Windows 10, most of the problems have been solved, it could load drivers for your new hardware when you boot the new computer for the first time. But this is not a guarantee, these problems may also occur, just the probability is relatively small and varies from computers to computer.

Well then, how to transfer hard drive to new computer without reinstalling Windows? You can continue to see below and get the stepwise guide.

Example: adding old hard drive to new computer in Windows 10

Here you will use the disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper Professional to transfer hard drive to new computer without reinstalling Windows. It supports “Disk Clone”, “System Clone”, “Partition Clone”, and the first one is to clone entire hard drive, including all the content on it, thus you can keep the customized operating system as well as your personal data, programs, etc.

As for Windows license issue, you can first check the license type by pressing “Win + I” and then accessing “System” > “About” > “Windows Specifications” > “Change the product key or upgrade your edition of Windows”. If it is a digital or volume license, you can use it on another computer. If not, you need to make more effort, namely, uninstall and reinstall the license.

How to add an extra hard drive

Well then, you can start to move hard drive to new computer in Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper Professional. In the first of place, please download this software and install it on the new computer. If you use server computer, server 2016, for example, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server.

How to add old hard drive to new PC:

Step 1. Install old hard drive as second drive in the new computer. Completely shutdown the computer, open the host using screwdriver and then connect the old hard drive internally with power cable and SATA slot. If there is only one drive bay or it’s a laptop, you need a connector, either SATA-to-USB cable, PCIe to USB adapter or USB-to-PATA.

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Step 2. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional on the new computer, and then click Clone and Disk Clone in order.

How to add an extra hard drive

Step 3. Select the old hard drive as the source disk(here is disk 0) and click Next.

How to add an extra hard drive

Step 4. Select the hard drive on the new computer as the destination disk and then click Next.

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Step 5. Preview the details and click Start Clone.

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★ If the hard drive on the new computer is an SSD, please tick “SSD Alignment” to optimize its performance.
★ If the target disk is larger, please adjust the partition size with “Edit Partitions”, otherwise the cloned hard drive will not show full capacity after cloning.
★ Alternatively, there’s “Sector By Sector Clone” option to clone all the sectors to a target disk of equal or larger size. Thus even the cloned system reserved recovery parition can function normally.
★ After cloning, you can discconect the old hard drive and then boot computer from the internal hard drive, see if all your content are intact.

Wrapping things up

Adding an old hard drive to new computer is not as difficult as you think. With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you just need to connect the drive in the right place, and it will help you move everything on the old hard drive to hard drive in the new computer easily and quickly.

Also, you can use “System Clone” feature to migrate operating system to SSD, or move specific data partitions with “Partition Clone”. If you happen to have this need, please download AOMEI Backupper Professional to have a try.

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If you’ve got a hard drive you want to add to your Linux server, physical or virtual, it’s not going to work out of the box. You’ll have to initialize the drive with a filesystem, and set it to automatically mount at boot.

This guide will focus on the basics for getting a new hard drive up and running on Linux. If you need more complex management, we recommend using Logical Volume Management (LVM) instead, which follows a different procedure. Among other things, this makes managing partitions on drives easier, and allows for easy resizing of logical volumes.

Install The Drive

This may seem self explanatory, but it’s not always as simple as just plugging it in. If you’re installing a physical drive in a physical server, you may have to boot into your BIOS or RAID configuration utility to create a new logical drive out of the physical drive you installed. This way, you can group multiple hard drives together into one large, uniform file system, or simply just use the single drive. If you’re just using a single drive, RAID 0 is your only option. If you have two drives, RAID 1 is a better choice for durability. For three drives, RAID 5 is your best bet, and at four drives and above, RAID 10 or RAID 6 are both good options.

If your RAID controller allows it, you may choose to add a new drive to your existing array and expand the total size. If this is an option, you don’t need to do anything past setting it up with the RAID controller, though you may need to wait through an array rebuild depending on your configuration.

If you’re installing a drive into a cloud server, such as a new EBS volume, you’ll have to make sure the drive is initialized and is attached to your cloud server. The benefit of cloud drives like EBS is that it’s fully managed; You don’t have to worry about replacing problematic hard drives are dealing with RAID configuration, as that’s all handled by AWS and is abstracted away from you. EBS volumes can also be swapped between instances at will (though EFS is the only AWS drive type that can be attached to multiple instances at once).

Either way, it will work the same way. You can verify that the drive is installed and working properly if a new block level device is found when running lsblk :

How to add an extra hard drive

If you want more information, you can also run sudo fdisk -l , but lsblk makes for a better screenshot.

Linux treats just about everything on the OS as a file you can write to, and drives are no different. The /dev/ folder contains device files, which are a special interface to the drive hardware itself. Usually, your first drive will be sda , with all subsequent mounts coming in alphabetical order.

In this case, the primary OS drive is sda , with two partitions (denoted by a number after the drive prefix), one of which is mounted at the root of the file system. The second drive that was just installed is sdb , which isn’t mounted and is just an empty disk, devoid of a filesystem. If you’re installing a cloud drive, it will probably come in this same form too, entirely initialized and ready for whatever filesystem you choose to put on it.

A brief word of caution: We’ll assume your drive is sdb for the rest of this tutorial, since that’s likely to be the default if you’re installing a second drive. However, you’ll want to be extra careful when entering commands, since you don’t want to screw it up and mess with drives that have already been configured.

Create a New Filesystem

Since the drive doesn’t have a filesystem, we can’t use it for storing files. Not to worry, as a few commands will make quick work of that.

If you want, you can partition your drive before installing a filesystem. This is optional, as a filesystem can be installed directly to the device itself, which will act as one giant partition. If you’re setting up a non-boot drive, chances are you probably want to make use of the entire thing, so unless you have a specific reason to partition, you can omit this step.

To create a new filesystem on an empty volume, you’ll want to use the aptly named mkfs command:

This creates a new ext4 filesystem on sbd . Linux has a lot of filesystem types, all with varying support. ext4 is stable, and the default filesystem for Linux. After about 50 TB though, it starts to degrade in performance, and filesystems like ZFS and XFS start to become more viable options.

Next, you’ll want to create a mount point. This can be anywhere on your drive, so long as the folder is accessible. By default, Linux uses the /mnt/ directory for most temporary mounts, and /media/ for removable mounts like CDs, but that’s just convention. Really, it doesn’t matter where you mount it, just make a new folder for it:

Make sure this mount folder has proper permissions. Now, you can mount and test the new drive with:

The drive should now be fully usable, and available from the mount location you’ve chosen.

However, this mount isn’t permanent, and will not persist across reboots. Since that’s obviously an issue for a hard drive, you’ll have to add it to your fstab file.

Add The Mount To fstab

fstab , or filesystem tab, keeps track of devices and their mount points. It’s responsible for mounting your primary hard drive to / , and any drive added here will become part of the OS in much the same way.

Another word of caution: errors in an fstab file can cause the system to be unbootable, and unable to be fixed except from grub mode or an external USB. This isn’t a major issue, since you can check for errors before restarting, but you’ll want to make sure to do so.

Anyway, you’ll probably want to back up fstab :

Rather than using the device label (like /dev/sdb ) devices in fstab must be added via UUID. This is because device order isn’t guaranteed, and it’s very possible for drive letter allocations to change, since they’re added dynamically on startup and whenever drives are hot swapped. You can find your device’s UUID with:

Copy the UUID, and open up fstab :

You’ll want to add the following line, replacing the UUID with your own, and /mount/point with your own mount point.

The nofail option tells the OS that it’s fine to boot without this drive, or if there are any errors in mounting. If it’s imperative that your system always has this drive available, you’ll want to remove this.

Now, you’ll want to check that there are no errors in fstab . Unmount the drive:

I have a database that is close to filling the hard drive that it lives on. I’d like to expand the database on to another hard drive to deal with this.

I see there’s a Files option in the database properties under SSMS that I could add to but I don’t really want to go adding files without knowing what comes next. Do I need to add a new entry to Filegroups and then add to Files? Is the PRIMARY type only supposed to be used for the first file? If not then what is the difference between making one primary and another secondary? Once I add a file, does the DB engine automatically decide where to put data or do I have to go into my tables and specify this in some way?

Sorry if this is a duplicate. I’d be surprised if it isn’t but I couldn’t find another question that had these answers.

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Do I need to add a new entry to Filegroups and then add to Files?

You can do one of two things here:

  1. Add a new filegroup and at least one new data file
  2. Add a new data file to an existing filegroup (PRIMARY in this case)

Is the PRIMARY type only supposed to be used for the first file?

No, the PRIMARY filegroup can contain multiple data files.

Once I add a file, does the DB engine automatically decide where to put data or do I have to go into my tables and specify this in some way?

Within the filegroup, SQL Server will manage the data dispersion across the data files through a proportional fill algorithm. Therefore, you will not need to manually administer where the data goes within a filegroup. But, if you create an additional filegroup with one or more data files, and you want data to live on that filegroup then you will need to explicitly state that (unless you set the new filegroup as the default filegroup).

To find out what your default filegroup currently is:

Lorex systems come with at least one pre-installed 3.5″ Serial AT Attachment (SATA) hard disk drive (HDD). Depending on your model, there may be a second hard drive bay available to add extra recording space. Refer to your product specification sheet to verify if a second bay is present in your DVR / NVR, and for the system capacity limit before purchasing an additional HDD.

IMPORTANT: Ensure additional or replacement HDDs are security standard and the HDD capacity does not exceed the system limit.

To add an additional HDD:

REMINDER: These instructions are for the LNR600 series DVR. Refer to your user manual for model specific illustrations. Click here for downloads and documentation for your product.

Power off the DVR / NVR system and unplug all cables.

WARNING: Make sure that the system is off and the power cable is disconnected before attempting to open your DVR / NVR.

The DVR / NVR cover is secured with screws. Remove the screws and slide the cover off.

WARNING: The inner casing of the DVR / NVR has sharp edges that can lead to injury if not carefully handled. Be careful not to let any tools or loose parts touch sensitive components such as the circuit board.

Insert HDD screws (4×) into the HDD and tighten them half way.

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Place the HDD over the screw slots of an additional bay / port of your DVR / NVR on the bottom of the system and slide the HDD into place. The SATA connectors on the HDD should face the center of the unit.

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Locate the extra SATA HDD connectors. Plug the two connectors into the HDD.

Carefully turn the DVR / NVR over. Tighten the HDD screws (4×) to secure the HDD.

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Carefully replace the casing of the DVR / NVR and tighten the casing screws.

Reconnect the power source and monitor.

Format the new HDD prior to operation. Click here for instructions on how to format the HDD.

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You can add a virtual hard disk to an existing virtual machine, or you can add a hard disk when you customize the virtual machine hardware during the virtual machine creation process. For example, you might need to provide additional disk space for an existing virtual machine with a heavy work load. During virtual machine creation, you might want to add a hard disk that is preconfigured as a boot disk.

During virtual machine creation, a hard disk and a SCSI or SATA controller are added to the virtual machine by default, based on the guest operating system that you select. If this disk does not meet your needs, you can remove it and add a new hard disk at the end of the creation process.

If you add multiple hard disks to a virtual machine, you can assign them to several controllers to improve performance. For controller and bus node behavior, see SCSI, SATA, and NVMe Storage Controller Conditions, Limitations, and Compatibility.


  • Ensure that you are familiar with configuration options and caveats for adding virtual hard disks. See Virtual Disk Configuration.
  • Before you add disks greater than 2 TB to a virtual machine, see Large Capacity Virtual Disk Conditions and Limitations.
  • Verify that you have the Virtual machine . Configuration . Add new disk privilege on the destination folder or datastore.


  1. Right-click a virtual machine in the inventory and select Edit Settings .
  2. On the Virtual Hardware tab, click the Add New Device button.
  3. Select Hard Disk from the drop-down menu.
  • Expand New hard disk and customize the settings of the new hard disk.
    1. Enter a size for the hard disk and select the unit from the drop-down menu.
    2. From the VM storage policy , select a storage policy or leave the default one.
    3. From the Location drop-down menu, select the datastore location where you want to store virtual machine files.
    4. From the Disk Provisioning drop-down menu, select the format for the hard disk.
      Option Action
      Same format as source Use the same format as the source virtual machine.
      Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed Create a virtual disk in a default thick format. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated during creation. Any data remaining on the physical device is not erased during creation, but is zeroed out on demand at a later time on first write from the virtual machine.
      Thick Provision Eager Zeroed Create a thick disk that supports clustering features such as Fault Tolerance. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated at creation time. In contrast to the thick provision lazy zeroed format, the data remaining on the physical device is zeroed out during creation. It might take longer to create disks in this format than to create other types of disks.
      Thin Provision Use the thin provisioned format. At first, a thin provisioned disk uses only as much datastore space as the disk initially needs. If the thin disk needs more space later, it can grow to the maximum capacity allocated to it.
    5. From the Shares drop-down menu, select a value for the shares to allocate to the virtual disk. Alternatively, you can select Custom and enter a value in the text box.

    Disks in persistent mode behave like conventional disks on your physical computer. All data written to a disk in persistent mode are written permanently to the disk even if you revert a snapshot. When you power off or reset a virtual machine, the disk and all its snapshots are preserved.

    Disks in nonpersistent mode behave like read-only disks. Changes to disks in nonpersistent mode are discarded when you power off or reset the virtual machine. With nonpersistent mode, you can restart the virtual machine with a virtual disk in the same state every time. Changes to the disk are written to and read from a redo log file that is deleted when you power of or reset the virtual machine, or when you delete a snapshot.

    In most cases, you can accept the default device node. For a hard disk, a nondefault device node is useful to control the boot order or to have different SCSI controller types. For example, you might want to boot from an LSI Logic controller and share a data disk with another virtual machine that is using a BusLogic controller with bus sharing turned on.

    Applies to: All Reolink PoE NVRs.

    If you find that the capacity of Reolink NVRs can’t meet your use, you may refer to the following 3 methods to expand the storage of your NVRs.

    Note: The last method only applies to RLN16-410, as there is reserved space and plugs inside it.

    Add an External HDD via eSATA Port

    Step 1. Prepare an HDD and a junction cable.

    Step 2. Plug the HDD into the eSATA port of NVR referring to the following instructions.

    Note: As the HDD can’t be powered on by the eSATA port of Reolink NVR, it needs an additional power supply.

    1. HDD with HDD enclosure. Besides plugging the HDD into the eSATA port of the NVR, you also need to plug the power in. Consult your HDD enclosure supplier for guidance if necessary.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    2. HDD with junction line. Plug one end into the eSATA port, and the other end into the power supply.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Replace the Existing HDD with Another HDD with Higher Storage

    For the old RLN8-410 NVR system and the previous version RLN16-410 NVR system, we can replace the existing HDD with a 4TB HDD, for the new hardware version RLN16-410 NVR and RLN8-410 system, we can replace it with a 6TB HDD.

    Step 1. Open the NVR box with the necessary tools (i.e. screwdriver).

    Step 2. Find the HDD, replace it with a new one and tighten the screws.

    Step 3. Place the upper plate of the NVR back on its’ box.

    Place Another HDD inside the NVR

    There are enough space and reserved plugs for two HDD in RLN16-410 PoE NVRs.

    For the previous RLN16-410 NVR system with eSATA port, we can add two internal 4TB HDDs and one 4tb via eSATA port, which means its maximum capacity can be expanded to a total of 12TB.

    For the new hardware version 4k version RLN16-410 NVR system without an eSATA port, it will support two 6TB internal HDDs, total capacity up to 12TB, too.

    Step 1. Prepare an HDD, and open the NVR box gently.

    Step 2. Plug the HDD into the exact port on PCB board, then fix the HDD to the base of NVR.

    Step 3. Put the upper plate back on the NVR box and restore it to the original state.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Position 1 is where you can put and fix the extra HDD inside the NVR.

    Position 2 is the SATA plug for the extra HDD.

    Position 3 is the power supply plug for the extra HDD.

    As you can see in the picture below, we provide 4 screws for the installation of an additional HDD.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Note: It is important for you to make sure that the HDD is powered on using the power supply plug. Otherwise, the extra HDD would not work at all.

    You need to format HDD and reboot the NVR after changing/adding the HDD.

    Now you may log in to the NVR, then enter Menu -> Device -> HDD interface to check for the new HDD.

    One of the first problems encountered by users and system administrators these days is that systems tend to run out of disk space to store data. Fortunately disk space is now one of the cheapest IT commodities. In the next two chapters we will look at the steps necessary to configure Ubuntu to use the space provided via the installation of a new physical or virtual disk drive.

    1.1 Mounted File Systems or Logical Volumes

    There are two ways to configure a new disk drive on an Ubuntu system. One very simple method is to create one or more Linux partitions on the new drive, create Linux file systems on those partitions and then mount them at specific mount points so that they can be accessed. This approach will be covered in this chapter.

    Another approach is to add the new space to an existing volume group or create a new volume group. When Ubuntu is installed with the logical volume management option selected a volume group is created and named vgubuntu. Within this volume group are two logical volumes named root and swap_1 that are used to store the / and swap partitions respectively. By configuring the new disk as part of a volume group we are able to increase the disk space available to the existing logical volumes. Using this approach we are able, therefore, to increase the size of the /home file system by allocating some or all of the space on the new disk to the home volume. This topic will be discussed in detail in “Adding a New Disk to an Ubuntu Volume Group and Logical Volume”.

    1.2 Finding the New Hard Drive

    This tutorial assumes that a new physical or virtual hard drive has been installed on the system and is visible to the operating system. Once added, the new drive should automatically be detected by the operating system. Typically, the disk drives in a system are assigned device names beginning hd or sd followed by a letter to indicate the device number. For example, the first device might be /dev/sda, the second /dev/sdb and so on.

    The following is output from a typical system with only one disk drive connected to a SATA controller:

    By Marshall Honorof published 11 March 18

    Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to find files, with a handy always-active search bar right next to the start menu. There’s only one problem: Although Windows 10 is supposed to index files on all of your active hard drives, Microsoft’s ubiquitous OS usually sticks to the C: drive and calls it a day. If you want to access all of your favorite files on a D: drive (or a G: drive, J: drive, S: drive, or whatever else you care to call it) as quickly as you can type their names, you’ll need to apply a little elbow grease.

    Luckily, while indexing your files takes some time, the process isn’t hard to initiate. Read on to see how you can bring every file on your Windows 10 PC right to your fingertips with only a few keystrokes.

    1. Access Indexing Options.

    The easiest way to do this is to simply type “Indexing Options” into the search bar and click the first icon that comes up.

    However, if your computer hasn’t indexed your C: drive (an unlikely case, but let’s consider the worst-case scenario), you can also access Indexing Options through the Control Panel.

    Click on the Start menu, scroll down to Windows System, then select Control Panel.

    In the upper-right corner, switch from Category to Large Icons.

    Then, click on Indexing Options.

    2. Click on Modify.

    This will give you access to the search index options.

    3. Select all of your hard drives.

    Make sure there’s a check mark next to whichever drives you’d like search to include. Then click OK. If you don’t see your drive listed, click on Show All Locations.

    Windows will now automatically index your files as you work. You can just let it run, or you can give the process a kickstart.

    4.(Optional) Toggle Advanced settings.

    There are two things you’ll want to do here.

    First, select the File Types tab, then ensure that every type of file has a check mark next to it. (Unless there’s a type of file you specifically don’t want to index, of course.)

    If you want to rebuild your search index from scratch (which might be a good idea, especially if you can leave your PC alone for a few hours), click Rebuild and follow the instructions. You can let the PC index files unencumbered, or you can keep working and live with a slower indexing rate. The choice is yours.

    That’s it! You can now access any file on your whole computer right from the search bar. It almost makes up for being unable to turn Cortana off completely. Almost.


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    Disk Drive ST380011A (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)

    I’d like to add a really large HD, like maybe 500 GB, but I’m not sure what kind I’d need to get to work well with my current system. Also, what would I need to do to install it in my computer? Or if I get an external drive, what will I need to do to get the new drive running properly with the old drive?

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  • Let me add that you should set the jumper on the back of the new drive probably to Slave while confirming that your old hard drive is set to Master. This assumes you are installing both hard drives on the same IDE data cable with the Master on the end of the cable and Slave in the middle. An alternative is setting both drives to Cable Select (CS). For cable select you should make sure you have an 40 pin (they are all 40 pin), 80 wire IDE cable. If you aren’t sure, just try it and see if it works.

    Once you physically install the hard drive, all you should need to do is format it and you should be good to go.

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    Post by km_mcd » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:31 pm

    I have searched inside and outside these forums and can not find a procedure for adding a second “data” hard drive, and I am somewhat technically savvy (although new to Linux). I am putting the finishing touches on a minimal i3 PC build and ready to install Linux Mint. So, I have the following questions:

    1) Is there a step-by-step procedure anywhere on how to add a single hard drive as a single partition (I don’t want to slice it up, at least not yet) after I have installed Linux Mint?

    2) Is the “disks” utility all that I need for this task, or do I also need “gparted?” (Again, I plan to use the entire drive as a single partition until I can appreciate the need to do otherwise.)

    3) The new data drive will reside in a hot swap bay. The motherboard BIOS has a configuration setting to denote this drive as hot-swappable. Will this hot-swap capability work in Linux Mint? Or, should I give up the idea of hot-swapping hard drives?

    4) Do I have to perform any setup so that I can hot swap USB “thumb” drives?

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by syg00 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:06 pm

    1) Probably hundreds – all different depending on circumstance. For example; is your drive already formatted, does it have partition(s), do they have filesystem(s), .
    Any answer varies the procedure.
    2) Disks should suffice. Start with the 3 lines at the top to ensure you are dealing with the (entire) device, not any partition which may exist. Format it (will erase everything, so get the correct disk). I used MBR for my small disk, but gpt is the way of the future.
    Below the disk image click the “+” to add a partition. Quick erase, make “type” ext4 and give it a name (LABEL) This will facilitate you finding it later when it mounts. Create it. All done.
    3) Should mount automatically to /media/ /LABEL
    4) Nope – similar to 3), but will use UUID if no label exists.

    It is also possible to have it mount to a different specific mountpoint, but that can all be done later when you are comfortable with things.

    Forgot to mention, my testing was with a USB enclosure not a hot-plug bay; run a “lsblk -f” after you plug it and and post that if you need help.

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by hcentaur13 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:04 am

    To hot swap a mounted drive you MUST unmount any partition on it or you will loose data!.

    You can*t unmount a partition that is in use by system or application. Close the application(s) that is in access to the partition. Then umount then remove the drive.

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by Pierre » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:52 am

    3) do you really need a “hot swap” function?.

    ie: could you, instead, do a “cold swap” by the existing, spare sata power & data cables ?.

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by km_mcd » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:29 pm

    1) The drive that I plan to install is a 1TB drive that was retired from a NAS a few years ago and not used since. I plan to reformat when I install it in the new linux PC either for EXT4 or BTRFS (advice on EXT4 vs BTRFS is appreciated).

    3) I can forgo the need to hot swap. Removing/replacing only when the drive when the PC is powered down is fine. It’s just that the bay is a hot swap bay, and I have ambitions to have different sets of hard drives for different OS’ and data drives on this machine. The primary drive is also in a hot swap bay; I therefore do not intend to hot swap the OS drive.

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by syg00 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:32 pm

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by km_mcd » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:34 pm

    “Disks” indicates that the sole hard drive in the system is /dev/sda1. (I believe that my questions below will make it obvious that I am migrating from Windows to Linux.) At present, there is indeed only one hard drive in my system.

    1) Yet, when I navigate to /dev under file system, I do not see sda1. Presumably, I am seeing the files located on sda1, correct?

    2) How can I determine the physical location of a file or folder? When viewing properties for existing folders and files, “/dev/sda1” is not indicated, although, that is where they are obviously located. I am concerned about this as I add hard drives and want to keep things organized a certain way.

    3) If I add a second hard drive (presumably /dev/sda2), can I create folders on it with names that already exist on /dev/sda1 (i.e. “documents,” or “music,” or do the names have to be unique even if they reside at a different physical path?

    4) When I add the second hard drive, is it necessary that I name it “sda2,” or can I call it whatever I prefer, such as a more descriptive name like “data?”

    Re: How to add hard drive

    Post by mr_raider » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:09 pm

    Btrfs has a few advantages

    1. The installer will create a separate subvolume for root and home. This will separate the home directory, but you can still access the full space in the disk.

    2. Btrfs has error checking

    3. You can add additional disks to pooled storage on the fly

    4. You can do system snapshots and rollbacks.

    Whenever you want to search for a file or folder, Windows 10 searches for it in its default drive i.e. the C drive. However, you can make Windows 10 to search for your files in as many drives as you want. For doing that, you need to index your drives. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can search a second hard drive in Windows 10.

    Searching for a Second Hard Drive in Windows 10

    In order to search a second hard drive in Windows 10, you will need to perform the following steps:

    Type control panel in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the new control panel window. The newly opened Control Panel window is shown in the following image:

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Now click on the Indexing Options tab as highlighted in the image shown above.

    As soon as you will click on it, the Indexing Options window will appear on your screen as shown in the image below:

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Now click on the Modify button as highlighted in the image shown above.

    As soon as you will click on it, the Indexed Locations window will appear on your screen as shown in the following image:

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Here, check the checkboxes corresponding to all those drives that you want to search and then click on the OK button in order to save your settings as highlighted in the image shown above.

    Now click on the Advanced button as highlighted in the image shown below:

    How to add an extra hard drive

    As soon as you will click on it, the Advanced Options window will appear on your screen as shown in the following image:

    How to add an extra hard drive

    Here, you can adjust various file-related settings. For example, you can specify whether you want to index the encrypted files or not, specify the index location etc. If you do not want to do all this, then switch to the File Types tab as highlighted in the image shown above.

    Now you can check the checkboxes corresponding to all those file types that you want to index as shown in the image below:

    How to add an extra hard drive

    You can also select whether you only want to index the file properties or the file contents as well with the help of the radio buttons associated with the field saying, “How should this file be indexed?” When you have made all your desired changes, then click on the OK button in order to save your settings.


    In this way, you can easily search a second hard drive in Windows 10 and set all the properties right according to your needs. This method is quite simple and convenient to use. Moreover, it also takes only a few minutes to perform all these steps.


    This tutorial is for older Debian versions and may not work for current versions. Please refer to the links below to find a newer tutorial.

    Adding a additional hard disk to your workstation or server is easy and often required. Here’s we’ll step through the process of identifing the newly attached drive, prepare and mount it.

    If you have just added a virtual disk to a virtual machine, make sure you restart the virtual machine before mounting the new disk.

    1. Figure out the device name for the new device

    This will give you output similar to this:

    Disk /dev/sda: 21.4 GB, 21474836480 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2610 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 2517 20217771 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 2518 2610 747022+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 2518 2610 746991 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 32.2 GB, 32212254720 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3916 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Disk /dev/sdb doesn’t contain a valid partition table

    2. Next we’ll partion the new disk using the following command:

    > New -> Primary -> Specify size in MB
    > Write
    > Quit

    3. Format the new disk using the ext3 filessystem

    4. Mounting the drive to a new folder

    mkdir /disk2
    mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /disk2

    You can name the folder whatever your want and place it in a subfolder of another mounting point, for example /var/disk2

    5. Add the new drive to fstab so that it will automatically mount when we reboot the machine. Add the following line to your fstab file (pico /etc/fstab)

    /dev/sdb1 /disk2 ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1

    Now your new hard disk is mounted and ready to use.

    With the Windows Storage Spaces tool, you can pair your hard drives together to consolidate data and add redundancies to all your drives. Here’s how to get started.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    I have built up a rather large collection of movies and TV shows that I’ve ripped from Blu-ray discs. Every few years, I find I need a bigger hard drive to hold them all, and with the introduction of 4K Blu-ray, even my multi-terabyte drive is bursting at the seams. If only there was a better way to organize and consolidate all these files. Enter Windows’ Storage Spaces.

    How Storage Spaces Work

    The Storage Spaces feature aims to help with situations like mine: instead of spreading your files across multiple drives in a disorganized fashion, you can combine multiple hard drives into a pool that Windows sees as one unified volume—with one drive letter.

    Storage Spaces also allow you to add redundancy: if one drive fails, you can pop in a new one and rebuild your storage space without losing any data. (This is similar to a backup, but it’s not the same, and you should still have a remote, versioned backup in addition to redundancy if your data is truly important.)

    If you’ve heard of RAID, Storage Spaces is similar, only it’s performed entirely in software—no need for an extra hardware RAID card (Opens in a new window) . The performance of your storage space won’t be as fast as it would be with a RAID card, but it’s significantly cheaper and easier to implement when you’re just getting started with these types of pooling technologies.

    How to Create a Storage Space

    To create a storage space in Windows, open the Start menu, type “storage spaces,” and choose the Manage Storage Spaces tool. After opening the Control Panel, click Create a New Pool and Storage Space and Windows will present you with a list of drives attached to your computer.

    They won’t have their drive letters listed, so click the View Files button to make extra sure you’re selecting the disks you want. Any drive you use with Storage Spaces will be erased, so you definitely don’t want to choose the wrong one!

    When you’re ready, click Create Pool. If you run into any errors, you may need to close programs, or even clean the disk from the command line before continuing.

    You have a few options when setting up a new pool. A Simple pool will combine the drives into one storage volume, with no redundancy. I generally don’t recommend this method unless you have a robust backup system in place—in a simple pool, one failed drive will mean losing all your data in the pool.

    Two-Way Mirror and Three-Way Mirror require more drives for the same amount of usable space. A two-way mirror requires at least two drives, and a three-way mirror requires five.

    However, they also introduce redundancy: your data is stored on multiple drives at a time, so if one drive fails, your data is still intact, and you can pop a new drive in without skipping a beat. (In the case of Three-Way Mirror, you can lose two drives at once without losing any data.)

    Parity is sort of a compromise between the above options. You get more usable space than you would from the same number of mirrored drives, but you still get redundancy thanks to parity bits (Opens in a new window) —tiny pieces of data that help rebuild information if one drive goes dead.

    (Parity is a somewhat complex concept, but this video (Opens in a new window) is a pretty decent beginner explanation of how it works, if you’re interested.) The downside is that parity is much slower, so it isn’t ideal for data you actively use often.

    Since I’m just using this for basic storage and media, and I’m somewhat limited in the number of drives I have available, I’m going with Parity. With three 8TB drives in Parity mode, I get about 14.5TB of usable space, which is enough for my current needs. But if you need faster storage, you may want a mirror instead, since it’ll be quicker to write data (and quicker to rebuild if a drive fails).

    Note that certain earlier versions of Windows offered the option for a ReFS storage space, but this was removed from consumer versions of Windows 10. If you have Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, you can use Microsoft’s newer resilient file system.

    When you’re ready, click Create Storage Space—that’s all it takes. Your new volume should be immediately accessible, and you can start copying data to it.

    How to Add a New Drive to Your Storage Space

    For now, you’re all done—you can use your computer as normal. If there comes a day where you run low on space again and want to add even more storage to your pool, Storage Spaces makes it easy.

    Head back to the Manage Storage Spaces page and click the Change Settings button. Then, next to your current pool, click the Add Drives button.

    Select your drive (again, it will be erased, so back it up first!) and make sure the Optimize Drive Usage box is checked—this will move some of your data to the new drive so it’s spread across all your drives optimally.

    Click the Add Drives button, and once Windows is finished moving that data, you’ll have even more space to work with.

    There’s a lot more to Storage Spaces than what we’ve covered here, so when you’re ready to get more advanced with it, be sure to search around to see the extra features you can enable through PowerShell. For now, enjoy your much larger pool of drives!

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    How to add an extra hard drive

    When “low disk” warnings begin to pop up on your computer, it can only mean one thing: you’re critically low on disk space. You have to delete something to free up room, but you can’t delete any software, files, or folders. In fact, you can’t get rid of anything at all! There’s only one thing you can do: expand the current space you have to fit everything in. But how do you expand your PC storage?

    Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can expand the storage size of your PC.

    Also read: How to Remove Bloatware from Windows

    1. Extend your Hard Drive Partition

    Before spending your money on new hardware and hard drives, it’s worth visiting the hard drive and partition you want to expand to see if you can create some more space for it.

    First, let’s go to Windows disk management. Simply type “disk management” into the Start menu search and click “Create and format hard-disk partitions.”

    In the new window, check the “File System” for the hard drive partition you want to extend.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    If it’s NTFS, and if you have a partition of “Unallocated” space, then you can extend your hard drive partition. You can even use unallocated space from multiple hard drives on your PC toward your hard drive of choice.

    If you have unallocated space, right-click the partition you want to extend and click “Extend Volume.”

    How to add an extra hard drive

    In the next window, pick the volumes you want to extend, “add” them to your selected partition, then click next and follow the instructions.

    How to add an extra hard drive

    2. USB Stick

    Typical Storage Space : 8 – 128GB

    How to add an extra hard drive

    USB sticks are one of the more trustworthy ways of storing items from the computer. Simply plug one into a USB port, open it on your computer, then drag files onto the stick itself. It’s easy to carry with you, stores quite a lot of data, and can be plugged into any computer with a USB port (which is most!).

    3. SD Card

    Typical Storage Space: 2 – 128GB

    SD cards are in a similar vein to USB sticks but are a little more conditional regarding whether you can put them into a PC or not. Unlike USB drives, an SD card slot isn’t a guarantee on most machines. It’s usually something a laptop will have rather than a PC. As such, if you’re using an SD card purely on one device, it will do the job well. Porting data to another machine, however, may be tricky.

    Also read: The 10 Best Custom PC Builder Websites

    4. USB Hard Drive

    Typical Storage Space: 1 – 4TB

    Did you know that you can plug in a second hard drive through the USB ports? You have to make use of a hard disk enclosure though, but it is definitely one of the easiest ways to expand your storage by a large amount. USB hard drives are a fantastic choice for holding media files and games. Even better, you can carry them with you and plug them into other PCs to export the data.

    5. Cloud Storage Services

    Typical Storage Space: 2 – 1TB

    Everything is moving toward the cloud these days, and your data can join in! There are plenty of different cloud storage servers out there, but the popular ones are Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. pCloud is another good solid option too.

    It is easy to start using cloud storage – make an account, then upload your files to the online cloud. You can then delete the files off of your hard drive and make room without completely losing your files. In fact, they’ll be accessible on all of your devices that can access the cloud! If you have confidential data, there are cloud storage, like pCloud, that provides extra encryption to prevent others from accessing your data.

    6. Secondary Hard Drive/Solid State Drive

    Typical Storage Space: 1 – 4TB (HDD), 128 – 512GB (SSD)

    If you have the spare space on your motherboard, you can forgo having to transfer data and simply get a second drive to store things. A second HDD can act as a “mule” drive, storing huge files such as movies and recordings. Getting an SSD to work in tandem with an HDD works well, too: simply put all the software you want to load quickly onto the SSD and enjoy faster loading times.

    7. Wi-Fi Hard Drive / Network-Attached Storage

    Typical Storage Space: 1 – 4TB

    USB hard drives are great, but sometimes you want to keep those USB ports free. Wi-Fi hard drives, and sometime network-attached storage (NAS) are often marketed as “home clouds” and connect to other devices over a Wi-Fi connection. This has the added bonus of being accessible by everyone who connects to the router, meaning you can set one up for your family or workplace. Some even allow you to access the hard drive via a web interface!

    Also read: How to Clean Up and Make Space on Your Windows “C” Drive

    Making Space

    If you can’t delete your files to make room, don’t worry about it! There are plenty of ways you can make extra room and expand your PC storage, depending on what you’re trying to store.

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    Introduction: Security NVR Hard Drive Upgrade

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    How to add an extra hard drive

    Hello Instructables community!

    I’m watching you! Well, not really. I can’t watch all the MILLIONS of members at one time. Not with the limited storage on the security camera system I have. But what if I fix up the storage to hold more? Hmmmmm….

    Don’t worry, this is not going to happen. What will happen, though, is I will show you how to upgrade the 2 terabyte storage drive of a Defender HD2T16 security network video recorder (NVR) to a new 8 terabyte storage drive.

    All this will take is an NVR, the new drive and a phillips screwdriver.

    Step 1: A Drive Is a Drive Is a Drive

    First thing you may ask is, “JokerDAS, will any big hard drive do?”

    NO! Not all hard drives are the same! And I am not just talking about brand loyalty. They are actually configured to perform specific roles. Some are for desktop computing, others for network attached storage (NAS), others are for gaming, while some are designed for power efficiency. Most major manufactures have drives that are recommended for use in security appliance. These have are different because they will be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also have a higher write speed and a lower read speed, as they spend more time recording than they would playing back.

    “But JokerDAS, how big do I need to go?”

    That is a great question, you clever Instructable communitarian! There are many sites available to calculate the storage requirements. Such as EZ Watch’s NVR Storage Calculator. It asks for a little information about your camera system’s recording specs along with how much time you want to retain, and then it lets you know how much storage it would take to accommodate your security needs. If you are unsure of the information the calculator needs pertaining to your system (example: FPS rate, camera type, etc.), check out the manufacturer’s website, it will all be listed there. Also note the maximum storage your NVR can handle!

    I chose the Western Digital Purple because I have had much more reliable service with these units in my other Defender security systems.

    Step 2: Open Says Me!

    The NVR is simply the box that all the camera’s plug into. It contains the camera software and recording firmware, as well as, the hard drive.

    1. First, locate the single screw on the side of the unit.
    2. With the screw driver, remove the side screw.
    3. Repeat for the opposite side.
    4. Locate the three screws on the rear of the unit.
    5. Again, with the screw driver, remove all three screws.
    6. Lay the unit flat on the base.
    7. Slide the top of the case back and up to remove.

    Step 3: Remove the Drive

    Now that the case is removed, you can see the board on one side and the offending hard drive on the other.

    1. Again, flip the unit over to expose the bottom.
    2. Locate the four screws holding the hard drive in place.
    3. Remove them with the screw driver.
    4. Carefully reach underneath the unit and hold the hard drive in place as you flip the unit back upright.
    5. Unplug the power cable and the SATA cable from the hard drive.

    Step 4: Install the New Drive

    1. Plug the power and the SATA cables into the appropriate ports on the new drive.
    2. Set the drive into the base with the label side up.
    3. While holding the hard drive in place, carefully flip the unit over to expose the bottom.
    4. Line up the screw holes on the hard drive with the holes from Step 3.
    5. Replace the four hard drive mounting screws.

    :”But JokerDAS, won’t I have to install the camera software on the new drive?”

    Again with the excellent questions. The answer is no, you will not. All the recording software is stored in the bios of the board, not within the hard drive. Changing out the drive does nothing to the actual recording software.

    Step 5: Replace the Case (Step 2 in Reverse!)

    This is essential step 2 in reverse.

    1. Flip the unit upright.
    2. Slide the case back on.
    3. Replace the three screws on the back of the unit.
    4. Replace the screws on each side of the unit.

    Now it is time to boot it up!

    Step 6: Give It the Boot!

    You have replaced the hard drive to your DVR system, now you have to format the drive to get the system to recognize it and write to it.

    1. Plug in the power, video and the any USB mouse. The unit powers on automatically when the power is inserted.
    2. After the splash screen, the system will beep alerting you the a note the hard drive is unformatted. Exit off the popup.
    3. If this is the first time you have powered on your unit, you will have to enter a new password using the mouse and on-screen keyboard. Write down this password!
    4. After the initial user setup, you will be prompted to format the new hard drive. Select the unformatted drive, and click format HDD.
    5. Enter the password you just created in sub step 3. You will be reminded that all footage on the drive will be erased, but since it is brand new, there is nothing to erase. Click OK.
    6. After the format is complete you will see the new drive with a status of OK and almost 8 TB or available storage.

    That is all it takes to upgrade the meager 2 TB hard drive in your Defender camera system to an 8 TB drive!

    I hope you found this helpful.

    And as always, thanks for checking out my Instructable!

    A convenient and easy way to add more storage space to your computer is by adding an extra hard drive. This can be done two ways: Adding an internal hard drive or an external hard drive.

    To add an extra internal hard drive you must first do some research into your computer. You must check your computer manual or with the manufacturer to find out what kind drive you need before you make the purchase.

    Also, you need to know how many hard disk drives already exist on the machine. Most will have only one, and hence it is relatively easy to install another one. If you open up your machine you will find the optical drive for the CD or DVD, maybe a floppy disk drive and the single hard disk drive. If you do not know what the internal hard drive looks like, look at the photos and diagrams in the manual.

    The cable system is a very important element when adding an extra internal drive to the computer. There are two common cables that are used to connect drives to the motherboard. One is the IDE drive, which are also known as PATA or Parallel ATA. These cables are flat or thick and are as wide as your finger.

    The other is the SATA drives or the Serial ATA drives. These cables are thin and are about the diameter of a pencil. By looking at the cables, you should know which of these cables have to be bought for installing your extra internal hard drive.

    It is also possible that your computer has SCSI hard drives, for which you need SCSI cables. The most common types are the PATA or the SATA drives.

    If your machine already has two internal hard drives, then it is a little difficult to install a third one. Check out whether there is space for a third drive and if there is no more space left inside the cage, then you could add an external hard drive.

    An external hard drive with an enclosure system is probably the easiest way to add an extra hard drive to your computer. The system is fairly simple because you add a standard hard drive outside of the computer CPU and it sits on a desk-friendly case and connects to your computer via USB or FireWire. After you format your new external hard drive, it immediately registers as an extra drive on your computer. Now you can perform normal actions like adding, changing, creating and deleting files.

    There are a couple of advantages to adding an external hard drive to your computer, the installation is easy and you do not have to open up the computer case and if you need more space in the future it is very easy to swap for a bigger drive.

    Just purchased an Aspire ATC-605-UR13. Also purchased second hard drive to install before I get it up and running. Problem is, I see no way of doing so at least not like I am used to in terms of expansion slots. Am I missing something? Can someone point me in the direction for an FAQ or How To regarding this process?

    FAQ & Answers

    I want to apologize for the delayed response as I was researching your question. I found that this desktop does not have a slot or bay to support a second hard drive.

    Thanks for the response but could you or anyone at Acer explain to me how it came to be that Acer developed a compter that “does not have a slot or bay to support a second hard drive?” What are we supposed to do with that empty SATA slot? With all due respect, whoever made this decision should be tossed into the street for having no clue about computers and what end users of these products want.

    We appreciate your feedback and understand your concern, however the product was not designed to accomadate a second hard drive and helps keep cost down.

    I too recently purchased the Aspire ATC-605-UR13 DT.SRQAA.010 with the hopes of adding a second hard drive. I even looked at the product page at where it clearly states:

    1TB hard drive w/ HDD expansion media bay

    Could you kindly explain what this statement means if not that there is the capacity to expand with a second hard drive?

    I do like the new computer so I do not wish to return it, but I feel this is VERY misleading, if not outright deceitful to make a claim such as the one above on the product page that is not accurate.

    Thank you for you attention and I will await your response.

    I expected the same thing. or at lease a smaller box, what is the need if there is no expansion available.

    Can I be kindly directed to the motherboard diagram for the Asprire TC 605 by tech support?

    I think I see a second SATA port on the motherboard right below the SATA port where the installed hard drive is plugged in, but would prefer not to root around with my fingers when a schematic might be somewhere from Acer.

    It is clear there is no secured location in the case for a second hard drive so I believe that is what Tech Support is talking about when they say “no second hard drive” Clearly enough power in the power supply for a second drive from the SOLD spec sheet, but have not verified on the name plate. I have not taken a look in the BIOS whether the BIOS supports a second hard drive.

    Tutorial using: Proxmox VE 5.0-23/af4267bf

    Add new Physical Hard Drive to your Proxmox Node.

    Log in to Promox web portal

    Select correct Proxmox Node and click on Disks

    You can see new Physical hard drive is showing /dev/sdb

    Open Proxmox VE Node’s Shell

    Use fdisk command to create partition

    Create new partition type n and hit enter

    Select partition type p for Primary and select default value for Partition Number, First Sector and Last Sector.

    Save partition – type w and hit enter.

    Now new drive is ready. Using following commands we are going to create LVM Volume.

    Create Physical Volume

    Create Volume Group

    Now add LVM to Proxmox

    Go to Datacenter –> Storage –> LVM

    Give a new name for the storage, select correct volume group from drop down and click on Add.

    New drive has been added to Proxmox Successfully.

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    Need to format a hard drive or add a new, factory fresh hard drive to your Windows XP PC?

    In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to format a hard drive and the other steps you need to take when you add a fresh new hard drive to your Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC. Before you can write any data to the drive, or before it even shows up on your PC, you will need to follow the steps shown in the video.

    Windows XP users – If you surfed onto this page looking for a tutorial on how to format a hard drive in your operating system, click here.

    Windows 7 users – Although this video was recorded using Windows Vista, the process is virtually identical in your operating system.

    If you are preparing this hard drive for use as an offsite backup, you may want to add two partitions to the drive if you feel confident doing so. This will stop one user going over his or her quota of disk space.

    Format or add a hard drive to a Windows 7 or Vista PC

    Click through to watch this video on

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    Learn how to install Windows 10 from an external hard drive and boot your computer successfully without losing any data.

    By Lucas / Last Updated March 9, 2022

    I am trying to extract the ISO of Windows 10 to a partition on my external hard disk. But when I boot my device through the external hard disk, my computer displays that no OS found. My hard disk is 1TB which has four partitions and I have extracted the ISO on partition no.2. Can I format partition no.2 but don’t format other partitions of my external drive as they contain my data?

    – Question from Windows Community

    Install Windows 10 from an external drive

    This part tells how to create a bootable windows 10 external hard drive for installation and how to install windows 10 from the external drive It can be divided into two sections:

    Section 1: Create a bootable Windows 10 external hard drive

    This section will introduce how to create bootable windows 10 on your external hard drive. for Windows installation.

    First, please download the Windows 10 ISO files from here, and make sure the external hard drive has free space larger than 5GB.

    Step 1. Press Windows and R together, type diskpart, and click Enter.

    Step 2. In the CMD window, please type the following command step by step.

    format fs=ntf quick(If you need to create a UEFI bootable USB, you should type format fs=fat32 quick)

    Step 3. Type Exit to end it.

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    After the above steps, open File Explorer, copy and paste all the contents of Windows ISO to your external hard drive.

    Section 2: Install Windows 10 on a computer from the external drive step by step

    After you have a windows 10 bootable external hard drive, you can enjoy your personal windows wherever you are, let’s follow the guide to finish your windows 10 installation.

    This is a general method to install Windows 10 on your computer, which is a little complicated, please follow the instructions step by step.

    Once you download the official Windows 10 installation media for free from Microsoft (You can download from here.),insert the external hard drive.

    Step 1. Launch download file, choose “Create installation media(USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for PC in the “Windows 10 Setup” popup window.

    Step 2. Select your “Language”, “Edition” and “Architecture” which is your CPU version.

    Step 3. Choose the media you want to use, a ”USB flash drive” with a capacity larger than 4GB or an” ISO file”.

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    Step 4. After you create an installation media, you need to access the BIOS, restart your computer, and press a required key as the screen shows. Generally is “DEL” or “F2”.

    Step 5. Now, choose the “Language to install”, “Time and currency format”, “Keyboard or input method” and click “Next”.

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    Step 6. In the Setup window, click “Install now”.

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    After the above steps, you will see “Activate Windows”.

    Step 7. Enter your key if you have one, if you don’t, please click “I don’t have a product key”.

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    Step 8. In the new window, select “Custom: Install Windows only(advanced)”.

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    Step 9. Select the drive you need to install Windows on and click “New” and then click “Next”.

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    Warning: In this step, your files will be formatted.

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    Now your Windows will install and restart several times.

    An easy way to Install Windows 10 on your new hard drive

    This part is about how to install Windows 10 on your new hard drive easily, the content should be how to clone OS from an old hard drive to the new one, rather than a fresh install.

    As mentioned above, the manners of installing Windows 10 from an external drive are involved that many novices operate hardly. To install Windows 10 on your new hard drive simply, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to migrate Windows 10 from the old hard drive to the new one.

    Note: If you need to move your OS from MBR/GPT to GPT/MBR/SSD/HDD, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro.

    Here are the detailed steps:

    Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

    Step 2. In the left menu, select the “Migrate OD to SSD” function.

    Step 3. In the new popup window, please click” Next”

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    Step 4. Choose an unallocated space on your disk.

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    Step 5. Now you need to resize the size of the partition, and click” Finish”.

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    Step 6. Then, you can see a note about how to boot OS from SSD or HDD in the new window, keep it in mind and click “Finish” to continue.

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    Step 7. Click “Apply” in the upper-left corner.

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    Step 8. You will see a pop-up window about entering the “Restart Mode”, choose one mode to continue the migration (Windows PE mode is recommended).

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    In the first section, you can see a common method about how to create a bootable Windows on an external hard drive and install it from your external drive, however, it’s a little difficult for many users to operate. In the second section, as you can see, AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you a more operational possibility to install Windows on your new hard drive, which is a more apposite way for amateurs to improve the success rate.

    I installed proxmox on a single 250GB hard drive and I would like to add a second identical hard drive to put more VM’s on. I already tried once, and didn’t get very far. I added it and formatted it as an ext4, but when I went to use the disk, it said only 8GB was available. That’s not quite right. So I did some searching and found that I had to make the device ID 8e for a linux lvm. After I did this, it said I had to restart, so I did. and it wouldn’t boot.

    What did I do wrong? And how do I do it right? (I know I could throw in a RAID card and do a RAID 0, but I’d rather not).

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    3 Answers 3

    You can either use your new disk to create new storage resources:

    • New directory (tree) to store files
      • partition and format your device using your filesystem of choice (ext3/4 and XFS are the most commonly used)
      • mount the FS to, say, /srv (do it manualy with mount command and add it to fstab)
      • create the needed directories with mkdir /srv/
      • create the Proxmox storage resources of type directory in the web UI.
    • LVM volume group to store VMs disks “images” as logical volumes:
      • partition your device and set the LVM (8e) flag
      • create a new physical volume with pvcreate /dev/
      • create a new volume group with vgcreate /dev/
      • create the Proxmox storage resource of type LVM group in the web UI

    Or you can use it to increase size of the default one:

    • LVM physical volume to extend the default pve-data LVM logical volume and /var/lib/vz filesystem:
      • partition your device and set the LVM (8e) flag
      • create a new physical volume with pvcreate /dev/
      • extend default VG with vgextend pve /dev/
      • extend data logical volume with lvextend /dev/mapper/pve-data /dev/
      • verify your FS is clean with fsck -nv /dev/mapper/pve-data
      • resize your FS with resize2fs -F /dev/mapper/pve-data

    Common problem – you need to connect an external USB hard drive to several computers in the network (Wi-Fi/Ethernet/LAN/TCP/IP). All computers need access to the contents of the disk, but you cannot attach the device to each of them.

    How to share external hard drive over network? Let us have a look at some of the solutions!

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    Software solution to share USB storage over Network

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    USB Network Gate

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    Share external hard drive over network in just a couple of steps:

    With USB Network Gate you will be able to share any USB device on Windows 10 and below, Mac, Android and Linux:

    These are the main advantages offered by the app:

    Share storage through a high-speed USB cable

    The solution is compliant with USB specification v. 1.1 and 2.0.

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    Overall, USB 2.0 seems to be a good solution to share USB drive over network, but since you are limited by the cable’s length, it is unlikely you can use it for sharing data between multiple computers that are not located in proximity to each other.

    How to share USB hard drive over Wi-Fi

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    This solution is quite convenient and requires no cables or additional hardware, but it is limited by the network availability, unlike Electronic Team, Inc. software solution – it allows you to share external hard drive over Ethernet, Internet and other networks. You are not restricted to the area covered by Wi-Fi signal.

    All said and done, our take would be USB Network Gate. This seems to be the most convenient way to access remote USB external drive as it is not restricted to the network area and does not require additional equipment.

    How can you share an external hard drive over the network on Windows 10?

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    To share your external hard drive on Windows 10, take the following steps:

    Connecting multiple hard drives together

    There are many scenarios where you share one external hard drive among several computers, but not rare are the cases when you need to connect several hard drives together and use them on a single computer. More hard drives, for example, let you save data from being lost as you can back up the information on a second external or internal hard disk. Also, you could store more photos and music if you had additional storage devices connected to your PC.

    To install several hard drives on one machine, first, you should decide on the setup you want

    Basically, you have two options:

    • Connect several external hard drives to your laptop or desktop computer;
    • Install additional internal hard disk on the desktop PC.

    When it comes to an external hard drive, it’s enough to use a USB or Firewire connection, external hard drives are very simple to install.

    As for an internal hard disk, you can set it up as a separate storage device or connect it using the RAID technology. This method requires a motherboard with RAID support and allows using several hard drives together. Also, hard disks can be configured to mirror one another to duplicate and back up data.

    Here’s how to install additional hard drive using the RAID utility:

    The utility will let you configure your hard drives into one of these hard-drive arrays:

    RAID 0: With this configuration, you’ll be able to split data between several hard drives. This set up is referred to as “striping”. In this case, all hard drives can be accessed like it was one large hard drive.

    RAID 1: With this configuration, one hard drive will mirror another one so that data can be copied and saved for backup purposes.

    Windows 10 is a series of personal computer operating systems produced by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows 8.1 and was released to manufacturing on July 15, 2015, and broadly released for retail sale on July 29, 2015. Windows 10 receives new builds on an ongoing basis, which are available at no additional cost to users.

    How to add an extra hard driveWindows 10

    Windows 10 can be installed through the official Microsoft disk or through their website. The operating system features support to be installed through USB, DVD, or CD. But installing the Windows 10 on an External Hard Drive can be a tricky business therefore in this article, we will teach you the easiest methods to install the operating system on an External Hard Drive.

    How to Install Windows 10 on External Hard Drive?

    If you try to use the media creation tool in order to make a bootable External Hard Drive you might end up with an error. Therefore, in this process, we will make sure that all the errors are removed and the bootable Hard Drive is created successfully for which perform the following steps:

    1. Plugin your External Hard Drive through USB
    2. Now we will format the Hard Drive to NTFS make sure to back up any data on the Hard Drive
    3. Type “This PC” in the search bar on thetaskbarTyping “This PC” in the search bar
    4. Right-Click on the “This PC” icon and select “ManageHow to add an extra hard driveRight Clicking on the icon and selecting Manage
    5. In the Computer Management Window, Double click on the “Disk Management” option under the Storage heading on the left sideHow to add an extra hard driveDouble Clicking on the Disk Management option under the storage heading
    6. It will take a few moments to recognize the Hard Drives attached to the computer
    7. After it shows all the Hard Drives attached to the computer, right-click on the name of your External Hard Drive and click on “FormatHow to add an extra hard driveRight-Clicking on the Hard Drive and selecting Format option
    8. Select File Type as “NTFS” and check the “quick format” box before you click OKHow to add an extra hard driveSelecting NTFS and checking quick Format Box
    9. A warning will pop up that will tell you that all the files on the Hard Drive will be lost, select OK if you want to continue How to add an extra hard driveSelecting OK in the warning box
    10. It will take just a few seconds and your Hard Drive will be formatted into NTFS
    11. Now that the Drive is in the NTFS format, download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from here
    12. After downloading the Media Creation tool, run it
    13. It will take a few minutes to get things ready, after that, it will ask you whether you want to “upgrade your PC” or “Create Installation Media“, Select the “Create Installation Media” option. How to add an extra hard driveSelecting Create installation Media Option
    14. Now it will prompt you to select Language, Architecture and the Edition of the Windows. How to add an extra hard driveSelecting the Language, Architecture and the edition
    15. Select the “use recommended settings” option or edit it to your preference and click on next
    16. After that, it will ask you to choose which media you want to use, Select the ISO option and Click nextHow to add an extra hard driveSelecting ISO
    17. Now select the path in which you want to download the ISO and click on Save
    18. This will download the Windows 10 ISO to the location that you selected
    19. Now download “wintousb” from here
    20. Once downloaded, run the program and install it
    21. After the program is installed, open it and click on OK in the checking for an updated prompt message How to add an extra hard driveClicking on “OK”
    22. Click on the “Browse For Folder” option in the top right and select the path where you downloaded the Windows 10 ISO How to add an extra hard driveClicking on the “Browser for Folder” option
    23. Select the edition of Windows 10 that you want to install and click on “Next
    24. Click on the Dropdown and select your External Hard DriveHow to add an extra hard driveSelecting the External Hard Drive from the drop down
    25. Select your Hard Drive in both “System Partition” and “Boot Partition” Options, make sure Legacy mode is selected and click on “NextHow to add an extra hard driveSelecting Hard Drive in both the settings
    26. Now wait until the Windows is installed on the Hard Drive
    27. Once it is installed, restart the computer and press F2, Del or F12 button to get into the bios
    28. In the bios navigate to the “boot options” and select ‘Boot Mode” as “Legacy Support‘ and “Boot Priority” as “Legacy First“.
    29. Now save your changes and reboot.
    30. Windows 10 should now be installed on the “External Hard Drive

    This process will install Windows 10 on the External Hard Drive and windows can now boot remotely on any computer that supports the architecture.

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    • In this article…
    • 1. An additional 1TB or more at your fingertips
    • 2. Step 1
    • 3. Step 2
    • 4. Step 3
    • 5. Step 4

    An additional 1TB or more at your fingertips

    Both the Xbox One and PS4 come with a 500GB as standard, while the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro offer 1TB. When you first get your console 500GB might seem like plenty, but with AAA game install sizes reaching the 40GB mark for the huge open-world titles, that hard drive will soon fill up.

    As digital gaming and being able to get whatever you want from the internet has started to overtake physical media as the way to play, the idea of deleting some of your favourite games to install new titles seems like a big problem, especially how long it takes to reinstall games on most connections.

    So, you might be wondering what’s the best way to upgrade the external storage on your Xbox One.

    Well, unlike the PS4, where you’ll need to get your screwdriver out, Microsoft has made the Xbox One compatible with external hard drives instead.

    It’s a quick and easy process that we’re going to help you through with our Xbox One HDD upgrade guide.

    SEE ALSO: PS4 HDD Upgrade – How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive

    Here’s what will happen on your Xbox One UI as you install:

    Step 1 – Choose your external hard drive

    The first step to upgrading your Xbox One’s internal storage is choosing which external hard drive you want to use. And there are plenty to choose from.

    Microsoft’s only caveats for what the Xbox One will support is that it has to be at least 256GB in size and be USB 3.0 compatible.

    The Xbox One can actually support up to two 256GB or larger USB 3.0 drives, meaning you can expand your internal storage exponentially if you’re willing to fork out a couple of hundred quid.

    We’ve opted for the 2TB WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition. Unfortunately, this product is now discontinued, but we’d recommend this Seagate 2 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch external drive, which is USB 3.0 and could double or quadruple your storage depending on what model Xbox One you have.

    Plus, it’s only £53.99 right now, making it a steal for boosting your Xbox One’s memory.

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    Step 2 – Plug it into your Xbox One

    The Xbox One has three USB ports that you could attach your shiny new external hard drive to. We opted for one of the rear ones so we could tuck the hard drive out of sight.

    When your Xbox One is turned on, plug the hard drive into one of the USB 3.0 ports. The Xbox One will notify you that the external hard drive’s been connected.

    Although you might be tempted to interact with the pop-up, to quickly and easily format your new hard drive, go to the settings menu.

    SEE ALSO: Xbox One vs Xbox 360

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    Step 3 – Format the hard drive for game installations

    Head to Settings, then System and then choose the Manage Storage option. You’ll then see your internal hard drive on the left-hand side, and the new external one on the right.

    At the moment, you can only store pictures, music and video files on the external hard drive, so you’ll need to format it in order to be able to store games on it.

    Select it and you’ll be presented with a dropdown menu. Choose the Format for Games & Apps option and then select Format Storage Device.

    You’ll be asked to give it a name, and then decide whether you want it to be the default installation drive or stick with the internal hard drive for now. You can always change it at a later date.

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    If you stick with the internal hard drive, as soon as it fills up content will automatically start spilling over into your external hard drive.

    But if you start storing your games on your external hard drive, you can then take that drive to a friend’s house and start playing your own games over there – if you sign into Xbox Live first anyway.

    Once you’ve made your choice, select the Format Storage Device option again.

    The little Xbox One loading circle will show for a moment and then you’ll have yourself a new location for all your games.

    SEE ALSO: Upcoming Xbox One Games 2015

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    Step 4 – Reap the benefits

    Your Xbox One has now gone from a rather meagre 500GB capacity to 2.5TB – give or take a GB or two for system admin.

    That 2TB means an additional 100 or so games, based on an average 20-25GB install per AAA title. Or around 50 larger games like the 40GB Assassin’s Creed Unity.

    We noticed that there’s a slight speed increase in game load speeds with titles stored on the external hard drive. That’s because the WD drive’s USB 3.0 connection is faster than the SATA II connection between the Xbox One and the internal hard drive.

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    Your Mac Photos Library is bursting with images from every photography adventure, family gathering, and random internet tutorial going if you are anything like us.

    Whilst having an organised, searchable catalogue of your most outstanding work is handy, it can leave you with little or no space on your Mac. This article will take you through a few easy steps to move your Photos Library to an external Hard Drive, both freeing up space on your computer and improving its performance.

    How to add an extra hard drive

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    What You Will Need

    A Photos Library

    Photos Library is the folder where the Photos App stores the images you import, either directly from a camera or device or your iCloud photo library. Mac OS creates the library the first time you open Photos on your machine. It is considered good practice to keep large media type files on something other than your system drive.

    An External Hard Drive or SSD

    I use and would recommend an external Solid State Drive (SSD) such as the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD. Available in sizes up to 4TB, these drives are super-fast, reliable, rugged and portable – perfect for your camera bag.
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    Time to Complete the Transfer

    If you are transferring an extensive Photos library, it can take some time. A few Gigabyte can transfer in a matter of minutes, but if your library is nearer 1TB (1,000GB), be prepared to leave it going overnight!

    How to Copy Your Photos Library Files

    Step 1: Connect Your External Storage Device

    Connect your external drive to your machine. A USBC port will give you the fastest data transfer. Any APFS or Mac OS Extended format drive will work, but you cannot copy to a drive used for Time Machine Backup.

    Step 2: Navigate to Your Pictures Folder

    If your Pictures folder is not listed in your Finder window, you can use Finder Preferences to select what you see in your sidebar. Click on Finder > Preferences from the menu bar, select the Sidebar tab and check the folders you want to be displayed whenever you open a new Finder window.
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    Step 3: Drag Photos Library to the External Drive

    Make sure you have quit Photos, then click and drag the Photos Library icon to your external drive, either in the sidebar or on the desktop. Wait for the data transfer to complete. This will copy, not move your Photos Library.
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    If you encounter an error popup, select your external drive in the finder window, then choose File > Get Info (command + I). Under Sharing & Permissions: check the box that says then try again.
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    Just wanting to backup your Photos library to an External Storage Device? Stop here!
    Repeat steps 1-3 whenever you want to backup. Renaming the copy of the library each time is an excellent way to know which backup is which.

    Step 4: Open Your Copy of Photos Library

    Browse to the created copy of your Photos Library and double click the file icon to open it.

    Step 5: Set Your Photo Library Preferences

    You can use many Photo libraries from external drives. Only one, however, can be set as your System Photo Library. This library shows up in other apps like iMovie, iCloud Photos, Shared Albums and Photo Stream (a fantastic screensaver on your Apple TV). This library will also synchronise with your other devices, so when you take a shot with your iPhone or edit on your iPad, the pictures automatically store themselves in iCloud and show up on your computer.

    • Choose Photos > Preferences from the menu
    • Select ‘General’
    • Click ‘Use as System Photo Library’

    How to add an extra hard drive
    You can further optimise your storage in the iCloud tab, choosing whether to store imported photos in the cloud and if you want to share with or subscribe to albums by other people.How to add an extra hard drive

    Now your copy is set up and working, and you can delete the original Photos Library file from your pictures folder. Drag the file to the bin, right-click and select empty bin. It is worth stating that you must connect your external hard drive each time you use the Photos App. Once you have deleted the library file from your pictures folder, your pictures will no longer be on your Mac.

    Whenever you want to add more images or edit existing pictures in your library, plug in your external drive and open Photos – Any iCloud based images will automatically appear and download if you select them to edit. When you connect a camera or phone, you will import the photos straight to the external device, so you still save space on your Mac.

    If you hold the option key and click the Photos app, you can select the library you wish to open from a list.
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    Now you know how to move your photos library to an external hard drive, you can start managing your shoots like a pro.

    I have a desk drawer full of external drives, each major shoot or event in its own library, each drive dedicated to a different kind of shoot (weddings, events, theatre…). My family album synchronises through my iCloud photo library and updates with each new adventure. This way, I do not have to wait for thousands of other shots to load or wade through hundreds of headshots to get to those images most important to me.

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