Seems like I am bouncing this topic in two different treads, and my apologizes for the multi posts. I think I am getting a clearly picture of what I need to do. I am going to be purchasing a 2tb WD drive with an Antec MX-1 enclosure. I had great success with my 500gb WD and Kingwin enclosure so I think I am going to stick with the external route. About $230 for everything. Just need to get past this copy function and I will be all set:-). Again, I apologize for the duplicate posts.
Many thanks and keep the info flowing. That is what made my last 1+ years work with teh older 500gb external was all the help on this forum and the patience from all the experts.........
You need to make sure your PC supports SATA to begin with. Any newish PC, you'll be fine. You also might have to go into your BIOS to enable the drive so the PC sees it.
There are just two easy cables to each drive. One is for power, the other is the data connection. The SATA connection is much smaller and easier to connect than the older IDE drives. If you only have one SATA drive in your computer, you will need another cable. The SATA ports are labeled (really small) on the motherboard.
Search YouTube for SATA hard drives. I'm sure you'll find something that helps you visually.
Don't feel like you have to use the drive carrier (or screws). If the drives can safely lay flat with the power and SATA cable connected, don't install them in the computer. Most newer PCs have carriers though, which make installing drives quick and easy.
Again, I encourage you to seek a little more personal help but you may be fine.