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Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

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Hi there,

 

Quick question here. I am a music producer and can always use a ton of extra space as some of my projects are 17 to 20GB in size. My HP e9290f ships with a stock 1TB Seagate (I believe) internal hard drive. I plan to add this HGST DeckStar 4TB Hard Drive (7200 RPM)

 

I am not sure, however, if this drive is compatible with my computer. I have referred to the Upgrading & Servicing manual but in it it tells me only how to replace the current internal hard drive. Adding this amount of hard drive space externally is not an option since all my ports are used up by external HD's! Can anyone shed any light on what tools I will need exactly to hook up this additional 4TB HD? I would greatly appreciate your answers as time is of the essence Smiley Embarassed

HP Pavilion Elite e9290f | Intel Core i7-920 at 2.67GHz | Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition | 20GB DDR3 SDRAM | 1TB HDD at 7200rpm | 2TB External HDD | 1TB External HDD | 640GB External HDD | 500GB External HDD | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 1.8GB | Edirol FA-101 Audio Interface | Samsung 2493HM 24inch. Widescreen Monitor |
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Re: Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

Hi,

 

I haven't tested a 4TB hard drive on the truckee motherboard. In theory it should work as a data drive formatted as a GPT hard drive. 

 

Another option if you don't want to take a chance is to install two 2 TB hard drives. One in the empty location in hard drive cage and another in the second optical drive bay (if open).  You will need an 3.5" to 5.25" adapter if you use the optical bay.

 

Check on the return policy for the 4TB hard drive and see if your can return/exchange it if it doesn't work.  The retail kit for the Hitachi 4TB does have an optional driver if the motherboard in your PC will not format the drive all the way out to 4 TB.

 

Hitachi 3-4 TB drives.jpg

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Re: Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

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Hi,

 

The e9290f case is provisioned for two hard drives (I have the same case with my e9280t and same motherboard). So if you only have one hard drive installed then it should be a go.  If your PC has two hard drives installed then I can give you other options.

 

While the motherboard SATA ports in your PC are SATA II, a SATA III drive will work as I am using SATA III drives.

 

These HP 'how-to" articles should be helpful.

 

You will need a SATA data cable for the hard drive.

 

You will need to format the 4 TB hard drive in GPT format and use it only as a data drive.

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Re: Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

Dave,

 

Thank you so much for your reply! Yes, I currently only have one internal hard drive installed. My Media Expansion Bay is not occupied and I also have space where the second optical drive would be (if I had one installed). Where do you recommend I install the Hitachi drive? Also, if I may ask -- how do I format this drive to GPT? I would assume I hook up the SATA through the data cable, boot to Windows 7 x64 and format from within Windows. Can you shed some light
?

 

THank you so much, once again!

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Re: Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

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Hi,

 

The HP tips link above will tell you how to install the new HD as an internal hard drive.

 

I also recommend that you update the Intel storage drivers prior to installing the new hard drive.  I am running these same drivers with my Hitachi drives so you should be good to go.

 

Once you get the new hard drive installed, then boot up your PC and go to Administrative Tools --->Computer Management --> Disk Management and fully expand the screen. You should now see the new hard drive. Right mouse click on it, initialize/ format to GPT and assign an unused drive letter to the new hard drive.  As an example, you might see new new hard drive as shown in the below image:

 

Initialize Hard Drive.jpg

 

The sata data cable goes to an unused sata port on the motherboard.  There are six sata ports.  See the below image:

 

Truckee sata ports.jpg

 

 

 

This HP Service and Maintenance manual should also be helpful. If you are handy, the installation process should not take more than 30 minutes.

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Re: Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

Thank you so much! One LAST thing: I am reading that the old HP BIOS' does not support drives above 2.2TB; is this true? The drive I want to purchase is 4TB in size. Obviously, I do not want to spend money on a drive that I cannot use!

HP Pavilion Elite e9290f | Intel Core i7-920 at 2.67GHz | Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition | 20GB DDR3 SDRAM | 1TB HDD at 7200rpm | 2TB External HDD | 1TB External HDD | 640GB External HDD | 500GB External HDD | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 1.8GB | Edirol FA-101 Audio Interface | Samsung 2493HM 24inch. Widescreen Monitor |
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Re: Requesting Help Adding Second, Internal Hard Drive [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

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Hi,

 

I haven't tested a 4TB hard drive on the truckee motherboard. In theory it should work as a data drive formatted as a GPT hard drive. 

 

Another option if you don't want to take a chance is to install two 2 TB hard drives. One in the empty location in hard drive cage and another in the second optical drive bay (if open).  You will need an 3.5" to 5.25" adapter if you use the optical bay.

 

Check on the return policy for the 4TB hard drive and see if your can return/exchange it if it doesn't work.  The retail kit for the Hitachi 4TB does have an optional driver if the motherboard in your PC will not format the drive all the way out to 4 TB.

 

Hitachi 3-4 TB drives.jpg

HP laptop 17t u100,
HP Photosmart 6520 and HP Deskjet 1112
Custom 1151 socket Z270 Intel i7-7700k @4,600 Mhz, 16GB Corsair 3000 Mhz dimms
Corsair H75 water cooler, Corsair CS 650M power supply
RAID 0 (dual Samsung 960 EVO m.2 240GB) boot system
Dual Samsung 840 EVO SSDs 500GB data storage, Intel 750 PCIe SSD 400GB
MSI NVIDIA GTX 980TI 6GB
ASUS ROG PG279q @144 MHz
Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 Pro x64 in UEFI mode
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