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The following tip is a step by step instruction guide to replace your IDE Hard drive.
Before you start working with any of the Computer hardware, you need tobe sure that your computer is switched off. Also, unplug your computerfrom all cables.
Once you are done with the above steps, you need to open your computercase at the side on which the motherboard is not situated. This isusually done by unscrewing the 2 screws at the back of the panel.
Now slide away the panel gently and expose the inside of your computer.
You will be able to see a clear view of the hard drive. You will also be able to see the screws which holds the hard drive in place. There is usually only 2 screws, but if you unscrew the 2 screws and the hard drive is still attached to the case, you need to unscrew the other side panel as well to unscrew these other 2 screw.
When you are done unscrewing the hard drive, you can gently remove it from the hard drive slot.
Now, unplug the cables from the hard drive. you will just plug this cables back into the new hard drive. Just remember, if you plug in the new hard drive, you need to check the jumper settings. If this is the only drive, and you want to install the Operating system on this drive, it needs to be set to primary. Otherwise, to secondary.
After you have checked the jumper settings, you can plug back the Hard drive and just reverse the previous steps.
I really hope this can steer you in the right directions.
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Two of the most common causes of I/O (Input/Output) device errors are driver based. Typically, either the device's driver is not enabled or it is out of date.
The driver component has an important function, as it acts as a motor like force that propels USB/plug-and-play hardware into a driving action within the computer.
It is the connecting communicating link signaling the CPU to a desired movement.
And while not all I/O device error solutions are simplistic, as a good starting point, you can try troubleshooting using a few basic steps, and you might not need to attempt anything else.
Access "Control Panel" from the Start menu and then choose "Performance and Maintenance."
Click "System" and then go to the Hardware tab and click on "Device Manager."
Find the device that is registering an error by expanding the nodes of the appropriate category.
If the device has a red "X" on the icon next to its description, the hardware is disabled; proceed to Step 4 to enable it. Otherwise, go to Step 5.
Go to the General tab and click "Enable Device" found under the Device Status section; then press "OK." (Note: You may have to follow prompts, as indicated through an enabling device wizard.
If you do, continue to click "Next" and follow the prompts until the process has completed.) Test the hardware.
If an error is shown, proceed to Step 5.
Go to the General tab and click "Troubleshoot" found under the Device Status section then press "OK." Follow the prompts to solve the issue.
If an error is still shown, proceed to Step 6.
Go to the Driver tab and click "Update Driver." Follow the prompts until the process has completed and then test the hardware.
The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.
The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible.
There is a connection problem such as a bad cable
for internal hard drives
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a
secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide
this will be the first to fail
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty
or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
for usb drives
click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll through all of your devices
if you see a yellow question or exclamation mark ? ! or a red X you will need to update the drivers for this device right click select update driver/reinstall driver
if you can see your usb device but its not working scroll to Ports(Com&Ltd) right click to update driver
if you computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it
hope this helps
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Follow the steps given below to refresh USB ports.
1. Right-click My Computer icon on the desktop, and then select Properties.
2. Click the Hardware tab.
3. Click the Device Manager button.
4. Click the plus (+) sign to the left of Universal Serial Bus controllers.
5. Right-click the device listed under Universal Serial Bus controller and select Uninstall.
6. Click OK to confirm the removal of the device.
Please note, repeat Steps 5 and 6 until all the devices under Universal Serial Bus Controller are removed.
7. Shut down the computer.
CAUTION: Ensure that the Shut Down option is selected, instead of the Restart option.
8. Wait for 5 seconds and then restart the computer. When the computer restarts, a "Windows has detected new or added hardware" message window will open.
The above steps will refresh the USB ports.
Now connect the USB devices like mouse, video camera, your external usb hard disk...usb hubs...whatever you like and the drivers should install automatically.
Tip: It is always recommended to connect the main usb devices at the rear end usb port, as they require more power to initiate.
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