For purposes of this discussion, we will refer to the DELL Inspiron 1720, 1721 and Vostro 1700 as the DELL 1720 notebook, since adding a hard disk drive (HDD) to all above mentioned notebooks are similar. This is definitely an-easy-to-do DIY project.
To begin, you will have to purchase a SATA 2.5" hard drive and a "DELL 1720 caddy". Make sure the caddy includes the SATA connector (black plastic piece, see photo below) that acts as an interface between the SATA hard drive and the DELL 1720 notebook computer. Our part number DELL1700 includes the black SATA connector/interposer, DELL 1720 HDD bracket, drive screws and screws to mount bracket to the notebook. Click Here To learn more about notebook SATA hard drives.
STEP 1 (assembly of drive and caddy)
Insert the black "SATA Connector" into the "edge connector" on the end of the SATA hard drive. The SATA connector will only go in one way. Then insert the hard drive into the caddy/bracket. Use the four screws to secure the hard drive into the caddy/bracket.
Turn your notebook OFF. Unplug your power cable and all other devices attached to your notebook. Turn the DELL 1720 notebook over so you can see the bottom or your notebook. Use a small phillips-head screw driver to loosen the two screws that are securing the cover of the hard drive bay
Remove the Hard Drive Bay Cover
Insert your "assembled" DELL 1720 caddy + SATA hard drive into the empty drive bay
Secure the hard drive caddy to the DELL 1720 notebook with the screws provided. There are three screws to attach the bracket (please see blue arrows).
Replace the cover for the notebook's Hard Drive Bay and secure with the screws that came with the notebook.
Congratulations! Installation complete!
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Note: 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)
To format and partition your newly installed 2nd hard drive
- Click on the Windows Icon at the bottom left corner
- Click the "Administrative e tools" Icon
- Select "Computer Management"
- Click on "Storage"
- Click on "Disk Management"
- You will see the "new drive" show up
- "Right click" on the new drive box and select "Format", select "Yes", then select "OK"