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Installing A Hard Drive
Hard Disk Format
Installing a hard drive and setting up the hard disk format is the next step in this computer build. Hard drive not recognized by the system? You will find out what to do here. Do you have hard drive retrieval procedures? If not, make sure that you develop them (and back up your hard drive).
Next up is installing a hard drive.
This installation guide includes hard drives, CD drives, and DVD drives.
You have two options for connections.
Almost all new drives now come with SATA connections, however, you may still find some with IDE connections.
Hard disk format (and partition) is done with your operating system; you need to make sure you prepare the hard disk and determine the file system type before you begin.
Start the Installation
With your motherboard you should have received an IDE cable, and at least 2 SATA cables.
You should also have received a bunch of rails. These may also be located on the bottom of your case. Some cases have a holder there for them.
Let's start with installing a computer hard drive.
That's it for installing a hard drive. We're moving right along here, and are nearly complete with the assembly. Next up are the DVD and floppy drives...
Step Twelve - Installing A DVD Drive
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