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Installing secondary hard drive in my Hp Pavilion

I own an Hp Pavilion, Model P7 - 14446s PC with a 1 TB hard drive.

I want to install a secondary hard drive and clone the primary hard drive on a daily basis.

I understand that if my primary hard drive fails, it is a simple procedure to switch to the

secondary hard drive and to continue "computing".

What hardware do I need beside the new 1 Tb hard drive and what is the procedure to install the new hard drive

and how would I switch to the secondary hard drive if the primary hard drive fails?

 

Thanks,

 

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Installing secondary hard drive in my Hp Pavilion

@hpannken, welcome to the forum.

 

You will need the hard drive and SATA power and data cables.  You will leave the boot drive attached as it is and connect the second drive to another SATA port on the motherboard.  You can't leave the second drive connected when booting if you have an OS on it.  This can cause conflicts and problems with booting.

 

If the primary drive fails, you would simply disconnect the SATA cables for it and connect the second drive where it was connected.

 

Now, some food for thought.  I never use internal drives for backup.  I have two external USB hard drives and a thumb drive that I use for backup.  They are far easier to connect and don't block airflow inside of the case.

 

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