11. Upgrading the Hard Drive

In This Chapter

Looking under the hood at what drives a hard drive

Getting a handle on how hard drives connect to your PC

Learning the essentials for buying a hard drive

Getting an old hard drive out of your PC

Getting a new hard drive into your PC

The hard drive is one of your PC’s most vital components. Without it, Windows would have nowhere to store itself, and you would have nowhere to store your documents, photos, music, and other data. This chapter gives you a bit of background about how a hard drive works, gives you some pointers for buying a hard drive, and then gets down to the details as I show you how to install a new hard drive.

How a Hard Drive Works

Hard drives are an amazing combination ...

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