Installing and Configuring Storages
Hard drives, CD/DVD drives, tape drives and other such storage devices have a pretty simple process of removal and installation. The installation and exchange of hardware is done without any deviation. Nowadays, operating systems have allowed for need of little to no configuration for these devices. The operating system and the Plug and Play BIOS work together for recognizing these devices. The out-of-the-box hard drives still need partition and formatting to allow for installation of the operating system. Today, operating systems handle the entire process of partition/format/setup, leading to a pain-free experience.
Removing a Storage Device
The removal of a component is usually easier than its installation. Many people can figure out how to remove a storage device if they know the case to begin with. However, few know how to start from scratch and install one without any instructions. The following subsection illustrates how to remove an internal storage device. Following are the steps to remove an internal storage device:
- Unplug the power source. Then ground yourself and the computer.
- Expose the internal components by removing the system’s cover.
- Unplug all the connections from the storage device. For example, data connections or power connections or other connections such as audio connections to the motherboard or soundcard. Although there are no clips to release, grip the connectors and not the wires.
- Collect all the required anti-static packaging for all components that are static-sensitive and could be reused in the future. For example, any adapter cards that the storage device is plugged into.
- To ensure no hindrance to device removal, remove any obstructions, such as adapter cards or component cables attached to the adapter cards.
- Remove related adapter cards from the motherboard.
- Disconnect storage device from the chassis by removing the machine screws holding it to the chassis. The screws can be on the bottom or side of the device.
- Depending on the access to the device, pull out the chassis towards the rear of the case or from the front of the case. Give a gentle nudge to help the device out of the case. Remove the device from the case. Step 5 should be repeated in case any obstruction is observed.