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Installing a Second IDE Hard Drive


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Intro and Power Down
Unplug the Power to the PC

Unplug the Power to the PC

©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 secondary 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 any work on the interior of any computer system, it is important to power down the computer system. Shutdown the computer from the operating system. Once the OS has safely shutdown, turn off to the internal components by flipping the switch on the back of the power supply and remove the AC power cord.

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