Installing a Hard Drive

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Teacher Process

The process described below is a simple and effective way to demonstrate how drives are added to the PC.

  1. Gather the following parts and supplies necessary to complete the installation:
    • One Personal computer (see course materials list for PC specifications).
    • One IDE hard drive(aka HDD), 3GB or larger (remove all jumpers prior to issuing to students).
    • One 80-pin IDE ribbon cable with dual connectors.
    • Two pin jumpers for drive configuration.
    • One MS-DOS or Windows98 boot floppy diskette.
    • One Internet capable computer for information/driver research.
    • Internet access.
  2. What's missing above??  Ok, its the anti-static wrist strap.  Sure, you should always use one, but how many people actually do?  Do be a total geek, though.  Make sure that you touch and maintain contact with the PC chassis every time you start to put your hands inside the computer. (Be sure to stress the importance of using anti-static materials whenever possible)
  3. Remove the PC cover and place it and its screws in a secure location.
  4. Perform a visual inspection of the PC's interior.  Find the existing IDE cable and HDD.  If the existing cable has an available connector you will not need the extra cable.  Also find an available power connector.
  5. Examine the existing HDD.  If it is the only drive it is almost certainly configured as the Master Drive.  You will need this information to configure the additional HDD.
  6. Attach the jumpers to the new HDD to configure it to be a Slave Drive. (If you do not have documentation available on how to do this, use this fact to show the class how to find the information on the internet or some other source)
  7. Find an available slot in the chassis and mount the new HDD in it.
  8. Secure the new HDD with its mounting screws.
  9. Attach the data cable to the new HDD. (If the available cable does not have an extra connector, use this fact to discuss the possibilities available using the dual connector typ cable)
  10. Attach the power cable to the HDD.
  11. Replace the cover and power cord.
  12. Power up the PC using the floppy diskette.
  13. Once the operating system has started, use the FDISK utility to partition and FORMAT the new HDD.
  14. Congratulations!!! You now have a PC with two Hard Drives.

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