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How to Install A (PATA) Hard Disk Drive?

July 14th, 2009

Step 1. Opening The Computer Case

Important: Each computer has a different way of opening the case and location of the hard disk drive. Refer to the user’s manual of your computer for detailed instructions.

Warning: The following procedure listed below will have you working within the chassis of the system. Following a few simple rules will keep you and your hardware safe.

1. Always power OFF your computer and disconnect the power cable before opening the case.

2. Always use an anti-static wrist strap before connecting or disconnecting anything within your computer.

Step 2. Installing The Hard Disk Drive

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3. When the hard disk drive is level with the hard drive rack, gently push it in place without exerting too much force. Tighten the hard disk drive in place using the screws supplied with the product.

Note: If screws other than those supplied are used, the PCB board of the hard disk drive may get damaged and cause the hard disk drive to malfunctio.

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Step 3. Making Your Connections

4. Line the key on the UDMA cable with the opening on the hard disk drive.

Note: Make sure the cable is not inserted in reverse since this can damage the connector and hard disk drive. Do not force or rock the connection into it’s socket on the hard disk drive. Push it in straight until it is seated.

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Pata UDMA and Power Cable Connections

5. Line the Molex power cable connector with the opening on the hard disk drive.

Note: Make sure the cable is not inserted in reverse since this can damage the connector and hard disk drive. Do not force or rock the connection into it’s sockets on the hard disk drive. Push it in straight until it is seated.

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