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Install The SATA Hard Drive

The Antec Sonata II computer case has room for four internal 3.5 inch internal hard drives. The bays for the drives are located as shown circled in blue.
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Here is a closer view of the bays. The locking clips are shown circled in red. Remove one of the drive trays by squeezing the two locking clips together and sliding the tray out.
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The hard drive fastens to the tray at the black rubber washers. The rubber washers help keep the computer quiet by dampening the hard drive vibration. Use four of the hard drive mounting screws that came with the Antec Sonata II computer case, as shown in the lower left of the second picture.
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The tray attaches to the hard drive through the bottom of the tray. The screws are inserted through the bottom of the tray through the black rubber washers and into the hard drive. The hard drive holes for the screws are on the bottom of the hard drive and are circled in yellow in the picture below.
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The tray can be attached the other way around, so the rear of the hard drive faces away in the picture. The advantage with doing it as shown is that the connectors on the rear on the drive are easy to access once the hard drive tray is reinserted back into the bay. There is an advantage to doing it the other way, too, which is that the cables run much less cluttered if they connect on the far side of the drive. You'll see what I mean more clearly shortly when the drive tray is reinserted back into the computer. Either way you do it is fine, just personal preference.
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Slide the hard drive tray back into the bay until it clicks into place.
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The connector circled in yellow is the SATA hard drive power receptacle for the power connector.
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The connector circled in red is the connector for the SATA cable.
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Circled in green is the jumper pins. No jumper is needed to change the hard drive configuration.
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The ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition motherboard comes with SATA cables like the one shown below in the first picture. Plug one end of the cable - it doesn't matter which end, but a right-angle end works well on the back of the hard drive - into the back of the SATA hard drive at the connector circled in red in the previous picture. The connector is keyed so it can only be plugged in one way.
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There are six SATA connectors on the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition motherboard. The first one, the SATA 1 header, is shown circled in yellow.
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Plug the other end of the SATA cable into the motherboard SATA 1 header. The connection is keyed so it can be plugged in only one way.
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Like so.
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Select a SATA power connector from the bundle of power connectors coming out of the power supply like the one shown. The power connector is also keyed so it can only plug in one way. Notice the power cord can be used to power up to two SATA hard drives since it has two power connectors, one on the end of the cord and one partway back on the cord.
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Plug the SATA power connector into the back of the SATA hard drive.
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The back of the SATA hard drive now looks like this inside the computer case with these two connections made to the back of the drive.
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And here's how the interior of the computer case looks with these connections made and with the DVD RW optical drive and SATA hard drive installed. Things are starting to get a bit cluttered inside, aren't they? One thing to be mindful of is that data cables and power cables should be run in such a way as to minimize how much they interfere with airflow inside the case. This I've done with the ribbon cable for the DVD RW drive in particular. The cables for the other drives are much narrower and are much less of a concern in how they affect airflow.
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My complete recommendations for building a computer with quality components at unbeatable prices is on my home page at Build A Computer Like My Super PC - Cost To Build A Computer. Here again are the recommendations for a hard drive!
Description Where I Would Get It Today Today's Price Comments
Western Digital 1TB RE4 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200rpm SATA 3
Amazon
$61.00 OEM version. Serial ATA III hard drive. Clicking the link takes you directly to it. Plenty of storage with 1000GB. Quiet, reliable and very fast.

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Westerm Digital 1 TB External Hard Drive
Amazon
$68.88 Free shipping! Clicking the link takes you directly to it. This external hard drive connects to the computer via a USB port. Then copy over critical files periodically using software like SyncBack.
2BrightSparks SyncBack
2BrightSparks
Free Free download! Clicking the link takes you directly to the download page. The freeware version is near the bottom of the page. Use a freeware utility like SyncBack to schedule automatic copy operations to your backup hard drive. SyncBackSE, a feature rich version, costs $30. See the SyncBack version comparison chart for details.
Online Backup
Mozy
Free Off-site backups give maximum backup protection. Mozy is free for under 2GB with no credit card required. Unlimited backup space is available for $4.95 per month.



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How To Build A Computer. Step By Step Instructions To Assemble. Skip To Any Assembly Step.

  Parts List
  Tools
  Computer Case and Power Supply
  Motherboard
  Processor, CPU Cooler and Thermal Compound
  RAM - System Memory
  Video Card
  Monitor
  Keyboard and Mouse
  Hard Drive
  DVD RW
  Sound Card and Speakers
  Modem
  Install the Processor onto the Motherboard
  Install the CPU Cooler
  Install the RAM - System Memory
  Install the Motherboard into the Computer Case
  Install the Video Card
  Connect the Power Supply to the Motherboard
  Connect the System Panel Cables
  Ready the Monitor
  Ready the Keyboard and Mouse
  First Boot
  First Boot Common Problems
  Install the DVD RW Drive
  Install the SATA Hard Drive
  Connect the Speakers (if using built-in sound)
  Second Boot
  Configure the BIOS Parameter Settings
  Test The Hard Drive
  Install the Operating System - Windows XP
  Install the Operating System - Windows Vista
  Driver Installation


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