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Installing a Primary IDE Hard Drive

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©Mark Kyrnin
Difficulty: Relatively Simple
Time Required: 15-20 minutes
Tools Required: Philips screwdriver

This guide was developed to instruct readers on the proper procedures for installing a primary IDE hard drive into a desktop computer system. It includes step-by-step instructions for the physical installation of the drive into the computer case and properly connecting it into the computer motherboard. Please refer to the documentation included with the hard drive for some of the items listed in this guide.

Before beginning work on any computer system, it is important to make sure all of the power is off. Shut down the computer from operating system. Once the operating system is safely off, turn off the power to the internal components and flipping the switch on the back of the power supply and remove the AC power cord.

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