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install a hard drive in a computer system.

To physically install a drive in a system, several requirements must be met:
  • The drive must be properly mounted physically.

  • The drive must be configured as master, slave, or single using the jumper block.

  • The drive must be connected to a power source.

  • The IDE ribbon cable must be correctly connected.
Each of the requirements is described in more detail below:

Physical mounting of the drive:
WD drives will function normally whether they are mounted sideways or upside down (any X, Y, Z orientation). Of course, the physical design of your system may limit the positions in which the drive can be mounted. However, in all cases, you should mount the drive with all four screws for good grounding. Also ensure that there is enough air space around the drive for adequate air flow, and avoid mounting the drive near sources of excessive heat (such as some CPUs).

Jumpering the drive:
Use the diagram below to determine how to properly set the jumpers on your WD drive:
Connecting the drive to the power supply:
Find a spare 4-wire connector from the power supply and plug it in to the back of the drive. The connector is keyed so it will only go in the correct way.

Attaching the IDE ribbon cable to the drive:
Current ATA/66 and ATA/100 hard drives require an 80-conductor EIDE ribbon cable to take advantage of the faster transfer rates.

Attach the black end of the cable to the drive and the blue end to the IDE Controller 1 on your motherboard. Usually, Pin 1 is labeled on the back of the hard drive, so line up the red edge of the cable with Pin 1. Pin 1 on the motherboard controller may not be labeled, so you will need to check your manual.

If you are installing a second hard drive in the system, you must connect the cable to this. Locate the middle gray connector on the same ribbon cable and attach this to the slave drive. Make sure to double-check your work.

If you need to purchase an EIDE ribbon cable , keep in mind the standard length is 18 inches. Anything longer may result in data loss or corruption. If the cable is not long enough, we recommend rearranging the drives in the system to allow the cable to fit.

If you are not using ATA/66 or ATA/100 transfer rate your original standard EIDE ribbon cable will work.

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