How to upgrade a packard bell hard drive

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How to upgrade a packard bell hard drive
Install a new hard drive on your Packard Bell computer. (hard drive interior image by Curtis Sorrentino from Fotolia.com)

Most Packard Bell computers come with a single pre-installed hard drive. Although this may be fine at first, the drive may quickly run out of storage space. Installing a new, larger hard drive will give you additional space without having to purchase a brand new computer. The installation process for a hard drive is generally straightforward and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Windows installation CD
  • Hard drive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Power down the Packard Bell computer, then disconnect all of the cables running into the rear of the system.

  2. 2

    Remove the Phillips screws around the back rear of the computer. These screws keep the case attached to the computer. Slide the computer case open to expose the interior of the computer.

  3. 3

    Look at the front of the Packard Bell computer. The current hard drive is stored here. Disconnect the power/data cable running into the rear of the hard drive and slide it out of the computer.

  4. 4

    Insert the new hard drive in the now vacant hard drive location and insert the power/data cable into the rear connection port. Close up the computer case, tighten the Phillips screws and connected the cables.

  5. 5

    Power on the computer and open the CD drive on the system. Insert the Windows installation CD and close the drive. In a moment the Windows installation screen will appear on your monitor. Follow the prompts to format the hard drive and install the operating system (you must reinstall the OS before the computer is functional again). This process takes a few minutes to complete. Once finished you are ready to begin using your Packard Bell computer with the newly upgraded hard drive.

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