Installing a Storage Device

Installing a Storage Device

Following are the steps to install a storage device:

  1. Unplug the power source and ground yourself and the computer.
  2. Expose the internal components by removing the system’s cover.
  3. As per your device’s requirement of front access, locate an available bay for the component. If you cannot see an available bay, you may have to sacrifice a rarely or never used device for making room.
  4. To ensure no hindrance to device installation, remove any obstructions, such as adapter cards or component cables attached to the adapter cards.
  5. Choose the proper screws for the storage device and while it is in the hand, set any jumpers for the drive. Now insert the device into the bay. Remember that devices can be inserted either from the front of the bay or from the rear side.
  6. Match up the screw holes in the device with the bay holes. Don’t be surprised if pushing the device all the way into the bay leads to any misalignment as many devices rarely get inserted before lining up with the chassis holes.
  7. Use minimum two screws on one side of the device. This prevents the device from rotating or sliding into the bay. Put at least one screw in the opposite side if it is accessible. In almost all situations, eight screws are not required even though most devices allow as much as four screws on each side.
  8. Connect the data cable between the device and the adapter card or motherboard header.

9.For power supply, attach the power connector to the device. Remember that there are two visually different connector styles, so you should have no issues in differentiating between them. Ensure that the connector is completely inserted.

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