The Best Way of Installing a Hard Disk Drive

How to install IDE devices such as a Hard Disk, CD-ROM/DVD and Floppy diskette Drives.
Your main board has a primary and secondary IDE channel interface (IDE 1 & IDE 2). An IDE ribbon cable supporting two IDE devices is bundled with the main board.

If you want to install more than two IDE devices, get a second IDE cable and you can add two more devices to the secondary IDE channel.

IDE devices have jumpers or switches that are used to set the IDE devices as Master or Slave. Please, refer to your IDE device Manual. As you are installing two IDE devices on one cable, ensure that one device is set to Master and the other to Slave.
Installing a Hard-Disk Drive:

Steps in installing the hard disk drive:

1. Fix in your hardware (hard disk drive) into the drive cage in Fix in your hardware (hard disk drive) into the drive cage in your system case. Make sure that, it is position well in the case and tighten well.
2. Plug the IDE cable into IDE1 in the main board. (Note: Ribbon cable connectors are usually keyed so that they can only be installed correctly on the device connectors. If the connector is not keyed, make sure that you match the pin-1 side of the cable connector with the pin-1 side of the device connector. Each connector has the pin-1 side clearly marked).
3. Plug an IDE cable connector into the hard disk drive IDE connector. It doesn't matter which connector on the cable you use.
4. Plug a power cable from the case power supply into the power connector on the hard disk. You have finished installing your hardware (hard disk drive).

Your hardware is done to be use (Hard Disk Drive).

When you first start up your system, the BIOS should automatically detect your hard disk drive. If it doesn't, enter the setup utility and use the IDE HDD Auto
detect feature to configure the hard disk drive you have installed.


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