How to install a Hard Drive
The Hard Drive installation procedure is simple, however the method may vary depending on the type of driver you are installing PATA or SATA. Read the step-by-step process carefully and set up your hard drive on your system.
Steps for installing the Hard Drive are listed below
- Design the drive as a master/slave device, and mount the drive.
- Connect the all power cables to the drive before installation.
- Restart & run BIOS Setup on your system.
- Use Everest Home Edition to know the current configuration of your devices & interfaces.
- Use the CMOS Setup to disable the embedded PATA or SATA interfaces.
- After removing the cover, locate a place to install the driver.
- Once the hard drive set up, turn on the system.
- If the driver not detected, then restart the system.
The elaborate steps on Installing Hard Drive
- Install the card in an available alot and insert the data cable to the hard drive bay if you wish to add the PATA or SATA interface card. The BIOS setup does not report the details of the installed drives. Based on the existing configuration, you may be able to add the .new drive to a free channel.
- After configuring the new drive, mount it and connect the data cable to the respective port. It is easy to connect to the data cable to the port if the drive is mounted directly to the chassis. It is easy to conect the data cable to the drive after fitting it to the drive tray if you install the drive into a removable tray.
- For PATA model, ensure that the stripes on the drive are aligned with pin on the drive data connector. Connect the other end of the data cord to the motherboard. Connect the primary PATA drive as primary master & the secondary one as secondary master.
- Cover the system and check for a secure connection. Attach the keyboard, mouse, & monitor if you have disconnected them during the drive set up. Turn on the power & start the smoke test. Check if the new drive is spinning up by placing your finger on it.
- As the system boots, the new drive appears on the BIOS boot screen. Run CMOS Setup and ascertain that the new drive is detected.
- If not, then the screen flashes. To resolve this issue, go with the steps given below.
- Reboot the system, & run the BIOS Setup. Check for Auto Detect option, and select it. Power off the system and check all the connections. If the drive is PATA model, then verify that you are using a 80 wire UltraATA cable. Restart the system & run BIOS setup 7 to verify whether connection is enabled. Power off the system and connect the data cable to a different interface.