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How to install a SATA hard drive.

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NOTE: Not all computers support a SATA hard drive. To see if your computer supports one, check the specifications. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

Follow this procedure to install a Serial ATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) hard drive.

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Unplug the power cable from the back of the computer.
  3. Install the Serial ATA hard drive according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Ensure the hard drive is only powered by one set of power plugs.

    NOTE: Some Serial ATA hard drives have two Power connections, one for Serial ATA style power plugs and one for ATA style power plugs.

  5. Ensure an Serial ATA cable is plugged into a free Serial ATA connector on the motherboard.
  6. Ensure the other end of the Serial ATA cable is plugged into the hard drive.

    IMPORTANT: The design of the computer case may require an Serial ATA connector with a 90-degree bend in the cable. If such a cable is not supplied with a new drive or one is not available, one can be purchased from Sony® Parts and Accessories Sales. Go to Parts and Accessories.