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I want to replace the hard drive. I have the new hard drive but I am unsure how to procede

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The 13 Easy Steps to Installing a Primary Hard Drive Compiled By Our Editors Believe it or not, all it takes is less than a half-an-hour and a Phillips screwdriver to install your primary IDE hard drive into your desktop PC. Simply follow this illustrated 13-step guide and it’s mission accomplished! Please make sure you consult your user manual and other manufacturer-provided documentation while you complete the installation - you will need to refer to instructions at certain points in the operation.
I want to replace the - image1.jpg 1. The first step is obvious! Power down your PC! And for safety measures make sure you have unplugged all your power cords.
image2.jpg 2. Next locate all the screws and/or clamps that hold the computer case and/or panels together.. image3.jpg 3. Now it's time to gain access to the interior of the computer case. Simply remove the case or the panels that hold it together.
I want to replace the - image4.jpg image4.jpg 4. If your PC happens to have a removable hard drive bracket, now is the time to remove it! It’s specially designed to be removed without hassles, and its absence will make this simple installation project even easier.
I want to replace the - image5.jpg image5.jpg 5. Now it's time to leaf through the documentation that came with your hard drive, along with any included diagrams, for instructions on how to set the jumpers on the drive. If you're the type of person who hates to read the instructions, bury your impulse to neglect this crucial step. If your system has but a single drive connected to the cable, use the “Cable Select” option; this will suffice in most cases when there is only one drive. If another drive exists it will be connected to the same IDE cable, using the “Master” setting.
I want to replace the - image6.jpg image6.jpg 6. You're almost halfway done! Wasn't that easy. Now the fun begins! Slide your hard drive into the drive bay, then fasten it down. Some cases employ a system in which slide rails mount onto the drive for easy insertion and removal fI want to replace the - image7.jpgive bay.
image7.jpg 7. Remember that removable drive bay bracket that you removed in Step 4? Now it's tiI want to replace the - image8.jpgrn it to the inside of the case.
image8.jpg 8. You will find that most ATA/66 and ATA/100 IDE cables have either a blue connector or a connector labeled “System Board.” In the likely case that this applies to your PC, plug this blue connector into either the IDE0 (Primary) or IDE1 (Secondary) connector on the motherboard. The primary connector is color-coded blue, in most circumstances, to indicate that it should be used for a hard drive. Usually, you can insert the cables in but one way. However, if the cable is not keyed for one-way insertion, make sure that the red stripe on the IDE cable matI want to replace the - image9.jpg “Pin 1” on the motherboard.
image9.jpg 9. Attach your connector that is located the farthest distance on the ribbon cable to the hard drive. Usually this connector is either black or labeled “Primary.” Make sure you place the red stripe on the cable at pin 1 of the hard drive’s connector. Note: I want to replace the - image10.jpg are keyed to allow the cable to fit in only one specific way.
image10.jpg 10. Now locate a 4-pin power connector from the power supplyI want to replace the - image11.jpg attach it to the hard drive’s power connector. You're almost done!
image11.jpg 11. Next, replace your computer case or panel.
image12.jpg 12. Tighten any screws or clamps to fasten down the case or panel.
image13.jpg 13. Finally, reattach your computer’s power supplies.
Voila! You’re done. Your hard drive should now be installed and ready for operation. Now your computer BIOS must detect the hard drive the next time you power up your PC. Double-check your PC or motherboard user manual for instructions on how to detect a new hard drive. Perhaps you may need to change some of the parameters in BIOS to detect the hard drive on the controller. You must also format the drive before it can be used with the operating system. Again, consult your manufacturer-supplied documentation for additional information.

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