In order to increase the storage capacity of your Windows 8 computer, you may want to add a hard drive to your computer. This is really common among computer users as the reduced hardware costs make it affordable for every home user and computer professional. So in this article, we will take a look at how to add a hard drive to Windows 8.
Is it Difficult to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8?
Generally, physically connecting a hard drive to a computer is quite simple task. You only need to connect power cable which comes out from the Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) to its respective port available in the hard disk drive. Then connect one end of the data cable to its respective port in the hard disk drive and the other one to the appropriate controller present on the motherboard.
The difficult thing is the initialization and partitioning of the hard disk after it is physically connected to your computer and the computer is started. Below I will introduce this part in detail.
How to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8?
Follow the steps below t initialize a newly connected hard disk to the computer:
1. Logon to Windows 8 computer on which a new hard disk is physically connected. Make sure that you use an administrator account to logon.
2. Go to the desktop screen and from the desktop screen right click on “Computer” icon and from the context menu that appears click on “Manage” option.
3. Click on “Disk Management” from Computer Management. If you have installed a new hard disk, you will automatically be displayed with Initialize Disk box with the checkbox checked on the hard disk.
4. Click on “Ok” button and leave everything as default. Then the newly connected hard disk will be initialized.
After that, you can partition and format the hard drive according to the requirements. In addition, before adding a hard drive to your Windows 8 computer, I highly recommend you backup your Windows 8 with Windows Boot Genius as any improper operations may cause data loss.