Adding a second drive in Windows 7

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    briarwood1046posted 7 years ago

    I would like to know how I can install a second drive in my desktop to use as a backup. I tried to install it like I did the primary, but it crashed because it had Vista HP on the drive I was trying to use as a back up. Am I going to have to take out the primary & format the "old" drive so that I can use it as a backup or what. I hope someone can help me with this problem

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    Website Examinerposted 7 years ago

    If you insert a blank hard drive, the operating system should automatically detect it on boot-up and ask you what letter you want assigned to it. You may need a partition manager, otherwise. Both free and paid versions are available on the Internet, just be sure you download from trusted sources.

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    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    What crashed?  The whole machine?

    You could have accidentally installed the second drive so that it  conflicted with your boot drive.

    The first thing you want to see is that both drives show up in the machines BIOS.  Without that, no point in going any farther.