Installation Guide - Installation Planning
The following sections contain detailed information to help you plan your hard disk drive installation.
To install the EIDE Hard Disk Drive you must have:
The documentation that comes with the computer and operating system.
IDE bus adapter
Your computer must have an IDE port on the system board or on an IDE bus adapter. If the interface cable connectors in your computer have 40 pins, your computer uses the IDE architecture. If you are not sure about your IDE bus adapter, see the documentation that comes with your computer.
IDE cables and connectors
The IDE cables connect the IDE port on the system board, or on an IDE adapter, to your IDE storage devices. IDE storage devices include hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, tape drives, and diskette drives greater than 100 MB.
You can attach up to two devices to an IDE cable, as shown. If your computer has two IDE ports (one IDE cable on each port), you can attach up to four devices (two devices on each cable).
NOTE: Not all cables have connectors for two IDE devices.
Mounting brackets and tools
Most computers have 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch drive bays. The hard disk drive you are installing is designed for a 3.5-inch bay, but it can be adapted to a 5.25-inch bay. Common bay dimensions are:
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