Hard Drive, CDROM, Floppy Drive Installation Guide

Hard Drive / CDROM Installation

The installation of a hard drive or CDROM for your cheap computer is relativley straight forward but it can be plugged in wrong so make sure you follow the directions carefully.

Setting Up the Drive

Two seperate cables plug into your hard drive or CDROM, the power and an IDE cable. The power cable powers the drive and the IDE cable connects the drive with your the motherboard of cheap computer. The drive also has a set of jumper pins that need to be configured for the drive to work.

Plugs and Jumper Pins of a Hard Drive or CDROM

A-Jumper Pins - This is where you set you drive to either Master or Slave for you cheap computer. I suggest you set your hard drive up as the master and your CDROM as slave. A diagram for the jumper configuration should be on the top of your drive.

B-IDE Plug - Attach the IDE cable here. The last plug on the cable is the master plug and the middle plug is the slave plug. Make sure you use the plug that you set up with jumper pins. The IDE cable should have a notch so that it is lugged in correctly but if not the IDE cable the red wire on the IDE cable should face the red wire on the power cable.

C-Power Plug - This is where the power cable for your drive attaches. This should be notched for easy plug in as well, but if not remember that the red wire on the power plug should face towards the red wire on the IDE cable.

IDE Cable

Now to begin, plug the IDE cable into an IDE socket on the motherboard of yor cheap computer, they are usually coloured the same way as on of the ends of the IDE cable, if not it is the plug that is the longest away from the other plugs that goes into the motherboard for your cheap computer.

There should be a notch on the IDE cable that ensures that you plug it in the right way but if not then the red wire should face towards the bottom of your cheap computer case.

Screwing In The Drive

Now that the drive is all plugged in, it is time to screw the drive into your cheap computer case. Hard drives screw into the smaller 3 1/2" bays and CDROMs screw into the larger 5 1/4" bays.

Just screw the drive into the desired slot in your cheap computer case and voila!

Now you have installed your Hard Drive or CDROM! Party!

Floppy Drive Installation

Plugging in The Drive

Like the hard drive and CDROM the floppy drive has 2 cables that plug into it, the IDE cable and the power, but for the floppy drive both of these cables look different. The Floppy drive IDE and power cables are both smaller than their counterparts.

Plugs of a Floppy Drive

a-Power Plug - This is where the power cable for your drive attaches. The power plug for the floppy drive of your cheap computer will only fit in one way.

B-IDE Plug - Attach the IDE cable here. The Plug for you floppy drive will only fit in one way and should be easy to distiguish as it is a smaller plug than the IDE plug for hard drives and CDROMs.

Now to plug in the cables. Attach both the power and IDE cables to the floppy drive of your cheap computer. Now plug the floppy IDE cable into your cheap computers motherboard. The cable should fit in only one way, due to the notches on it, but if not then, like the hard drive IDE cables, the red wire should face towards the bottom of your cheap computer case.

Screwing In The Drive

Once you've got it all plugged in, screw the drive into one of the 3 1/2" floppy drive bays. Make sure you screw the drive into one onf they bays with access to the outside world, or you might find it a little difficult to actually use the drive when your close up your cheap computer case.

All done!