TigerDirect and SuperBiiz are great places to buy more storage for your computer. If you have a computer that is loaded with personal information, you may not want to buy a new one if it starts to run a little sluggish or slow. Most people become attached to one computer and have saved hundreds, if not thousands of files on that single computer. To start over with something new would be very hard. The easy and quick answer to speeding up a computer you depend on is to add more storage to your hard drive. When this is mentioned to many computer owners, they become apprehensive, because no one wants to destroy their computer by trying to do something themselves that is outside their skill level. However, in actuality the steps to adding storage to your computer are quite simple. Just follow the outline below:
- First check to see if you computer is equipped to handle the extra storage. Don't assume that you have enough space on your computer for this. Not every computer can handle the extra storage and in these extreme cases, where the computer is very old, you may have to shell out the funds for a new computer.
- Take note of your computer make and model and then shop online at a well known electronics outlet to get the extra storage you need. If you need help with finding the exact type of storage, visit the customer help, frequently asked questions, or knowledge base section of the website. Many electronic websites also have forums whereby other people can answer your questions directly or help you choose the right memory.
- Once you've made your purchase and are ready to install your extra storage, you must shut your computer off completely. To make sure you do this, simply unplug everything. This is very important and should be taken lightly. You can then use a screw driver to remove what is called the "casing." This is the cover that is over or shields your hard drive system. Most computers has an owner's manual that can help you if your casing is not screwed on. Check the manual so you don't needlessly destroy the casing.
- Locate your ribbon cables, these are also called flat ribbon cables and set your jumpers to act as primary or secondary jumpers. You will then notice that there should be an empty space in your computer case, also known as the "bay." This is where you'll connect the cable and make sure it is lined up properly in the empty space. You will then need to connect the power cable. You'll know this cable by the wires that are always black, yellow and red.
- You can then replace your casing and make sure it's secure or screwed in place properly. It's now time to reboot your computer. Make sure to reconnect all power cords and plug it. Once you've re-booted your computer, you can check that your computer recognizes your new storage.