Installing a Hard Drive

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Student Conclusion

Keeyouuull!!!  So now you're flamin down the information superhighway with your new hard drive enhanced PC.  By installing it yourself you probably accomplished a few things that you were aware of and some you never even thought about.

  1. You now know how to do it again next time.
  2. You saved some cold hard $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!
  3. You now know 80% of what it takes to install just about ANYTHING inside the PC.
  4. You now know 95% of what it takes to install any type of device in the PC.

You may have hit a snag along the way, too.  If so consider the following:

  • Did you correctly jumper the HDD? (Where did this information come from?  Was it provided or did you have to search for it?  How will you handle this in the future?)

  • Did you mount it in the chassis with the correct screws? (Were screws even used to mount the drive?  If not, how was this accomplished?  If you did use screws, what size were they?  All the same or different?  How did you keep track of them?)

  • Did the power and data cables go on easily and correctly? (How did you determine which way to connect the cables?   What are consequences of reversing the two cables?)

  • Did the PC boot to the floppy and allow you to partition and format the drive? (If not, what did you do to fix this common error?)

  • Did the PC's operating system recognize the new drive and allow you to access it? (If your HDD was larger than 3GB, were there any problems with using the it as a single logical drive?)

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