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    New Hard Drive Install
    So i finally got my Mac today and i need to install a 2nd hard drive. Ive got a 3gb/s sata II seagate barracuda hard drive,

    first of all do i need to change the jumper settings? i plugged it and started my mac but it said the mac cant recognise is.

    Can anyone give me a step by step guide on how to install my new hard drive?

    Also how does the hard drive work, i want it just to be an extension of my other hard drive rather than two seperate drives, is this possible?

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    can anyone shed light on this? Ive basically got a 2nd sata HDD install and i want to add the 250GB from that hard drive onto the mac partition if thats possible? rather than having two different drives and having things everywhere

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    So you basically want to add a second HDD?

    What format is the HDD?

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    got a seagate 250GB sata II 3gb/s hard drive, its in the bay. i just need to know how i can add the 250gb to the mactintos HD partition if you get what i mean? i dont want it a seperate partition i want it as an extension for the mac hd partition

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    I don't think that is possible, I maybe wrong. I think you have to have it as two partitions as they are two drives.

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    hope thats not true? im slowly finding out alot of things that macs cant do that PCs have done for years!

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    I have never seen it done with windows either. But I have never tried. But if windows can do it then I am sure OS X can.

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    Have you looked in Disc utilities? applications>utilities>disk utilities

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    yeah i have had a look round. it can be done in windows in dos.

    i dont want to start messing around with the hard drives until i 100% know what im doing.

    What about hard drive jumper settings too? Should i take the jumper off to allow for the max 3gb/s transfer rate?

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    There are no jumper settings for SATA drives

    There is no way to have it be an extension of the drive (And there isn't in windows either) without using a RAID setup which would require formatting the drives all over
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    yeah i had a feeling it would involve formatting both drives over again.

    Ok so i have created a 2nd partition and want to use this for all my work, photography and music. How do i go about moving my music folder from my user folder on the 1st hard drive to the 2nd?

    Thanks for your help

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