This DIY guide explains how to install a second hard drive into your Dell Vostro 1700 or Inspiron 1720/1720. If your notebook came with only one hard drive installed, you can easily install a second one at home without taking your notebook to the service place.
This computer was built to accommodate two hard drives but you’ll have to purchase the following missing components:
1. 2.5″ SATA hard drive for notebook computers.
Which brand? It doesn’t really matter, you can use Toshiba, Western Digital, Hitachi or other brand, just make sure it’s a SATA (not IDE) drive.
Which size? You can use 120GB, 160GB or 200GB drives. Most likely your notebook will recognize a larger drive too.
Which speed? 5400RPM drives are cheaper and 7200RPM drive are faster, but more expensive. I would personally go with a 7200RPM drive.
2. Hard drive caddy connector kit with screws and connector.
Let’s say you installed a second drive but it doesn’t appear in “My Computer”.
If you are installing a NEW hard drive (drive that has not been formatted/partitioned), you may have to format/partition your new drive after you install it as a second drive in the notebook (or else you may not see the second hard drive when you boot up the notebook)
Here’s how you can do that:
1. Access “Control Panel” and go to “Administrative Tools”.
2. Access “Computer Management” and go to “Disk Management”.
3. Find your newly installed hard drive.
4. Create partition and formate the drive.