How long does it take to install an internal hard drive?

Linda B June 10, 2013

Should it only take about 15 minutes to install an internal hard drive?


  1. Sagar Sanjeev
    June 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Max 10 Minutes If Ur Internal HDD Fixing Area Is Not easy To Fit

  2. Dave Rimmer
    June 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Installing an internal HDD is very easy just make sure it is compatible with your system. Is it USB2 or USB3. Also if it is only to store music/pictures on you may be better of with a portable drive.

  3. Alan Wade
    June 11, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Prepare everything you need before hand and its only minutes!

  4. Leland Whitlock
    June 11, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Here are some articles from my bookmarks that should be useful in helping you through the process with the least amount of work. If you are only installing the drive to add additional space then 15 minutes is about right. If you are wanting to replace you current drive it will take longer as the articles explain. Good luck.

    • Linda B
      June 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Thankyou everyone for the information and Leland thankyou for the links as well.

  5. Jan Fritsch
    June 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    As it was already pointed out it mainly depends on how the internals of the computer are built. In general I would say it takes 10-15 Minutes for the physical installation.

    But to ensure full functionality one would have to boot the PC either to it's installed operating system or using some Live CD and then partition and format the drive.

    Depending on the size etc. the overall process of installing and testing functionality will be closer to 30 Minutes.

  6. Oron Joffe
    June 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    How long it takes to install an HD physically depends on the design of the computer's case. At best, it's a matter of a minute or two, but it can take MUCH longer if the entire computer needs to be taken to bits and later assembled (e.g. some Apple laptops).

    Installation often involves doing something with HD's contents too, but this is difficult to quantify without knowing what kind of installation you are doing. For example, a "quick format" (PC or Mac) can take as little as 30 seconds. On the other hand, partitioning, doing a full format and copying data can take much longer (even days in extreme cases). A typical, basic Windows installation will take between half an hour and one and a half hours.

    So in short, 15 is more than reasonable for certain types of "HD installation", but it does not cover the whole range of possibilities.

  7. Bruce Epper
    June 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

    One of my desktop cases is built to please when it comes to installing another internal drive. The entire operation takes me about 2 minutes to have it physically installed and the machine booting up. Then again, I have also done this on desktops where it takes nearly 5 minutes just to get at the internal drive bays. Some older laptops will cause even more grief than that. So, it really depends on what kind of device you are putting the drive into (laptop or desktop), if there are requirements for special tools to open the case (think of the older Compaq cases with all Torx screws when most people didn't even know what they were or "tool-less" cases that have dozens of small plastic clips on the inside so you have to guess where they are), and how many other pieces have to be removed to get to the drive bays.

    • Linda
      June 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Bruce. The back of my case comes off without tools and the inside is quite sparse so I think it will be the shorter timeframe and easier installation.

  8. ha14
    June 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

    it depends on your pc case, some are only hotswap

    • Linda
      June 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      No worries, thank you.

  9. Tina Sieber
    June 10, 2013 at 9:10 am


    Do you have all the tools you need? Do you know what to take care of when installing hardware? If the answer is yes, then you can install an internal hard drive in less than 15 minutes.

    If you need more advice for installing a hard drive, we will need to know where you want to install it, i.e. a laptop or desktop computer, from what manufacturer, etc.

    You may also want to check out one of these articles on MakeUseOf:
    How To Install A New Hard Drive To Replace An Old One
    How To Physically Install A Second Internal Hard Drive
    How To Install A Second IDE Hard Drive On Older PCs
    The Complete Guide On Installing A Solid State Hard Drive In Your PC
    5 Things To Consider When You Install a SATA Hard Drive

    • Linda
      June 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Tina, thanks very much for your reply and the links. Yep, looks like I'm all set!

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