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Hard Disk Drive Installation Procedures

Please take note that HDD are electronics device that are sensitive to ESD (Electro Static Discharge), also known as static electricity. Therefore, take precautions during the HDD installation process so as not to cause ESD damages to the HDD.

When installing the new HDD, you should be careful not to loosen any connection to other devices, as this may cause unnecessary failures which are not genuine.

If this is the first time you are installing a new HDD and you are not familiar with the BIOS setting of your PC system, please start from section A): PC BIOS setup for the HDD, before going on to section B) or section C) depending on the number of drives in your PC system. Otherwise, you may start from section B) or section C).

If you are installing the new HDD as a "single HDD drive" configuration, start from section B): Installing the new HDD as a "single HDD drive" configuration for your PC system.

If you are installing the new HDD as the "slave HDD drive" or as the "second HDD drive" configuration, proceed to section C): Installing the new HDD as the "slave HDD drive" or the "second HDD drive" configuration for your PC system, and start from there.

Please perform a backup of your important data before proceeding with the installation. We will not be held responsible should there be any data loss, during or after the installation procedure.

Do ensure you have a Windows bootable diskette with the necessary file included (example: fdisk.exe and format.com). To create one, At the Start Menu of the Task Bar, select Settings, then select Control Panel, follow by Add/Remove Programs, click the "Startup Disk" tab, and click on the Create Disk button.

A) PC BIOS setup for the HDD.
Depending on what PC system you have, the BIOS setup menu may vary. Please refer to your PC system technical manual or reference guide for details.

The general guide provided, from the installation of the new HDD to the BIOS setup is as follows:

1. a) For a "single drive" configuration.
Check and ensure that the drive selection jumper (J8 jumper, the jumper in between the 40 ways cable and the power supply cable) is not plugged in.

1. b) For a "slave drive" or "second drive" configuration.
Check and ensure that the drive selection jumper (J8 jumper, the jumper in between the 40 ways cable and the power supply cable) is plugged to 3 4.

2. Connect the 40 ways cable and the power cable to the new HDD. Note that both cables can only be inserted into the connector slots in one orientation.

3. After assembling back the PC unit cover, start up the PC and go into the BIOS setup screen.

4. Follow the instructions from your PC system technical manual or reference guide for BIOS setup of a new HDD (for both a single drive system and a two drive system.)

5. After completing the BIOS setup for the HDD. Proceed to section B) or section C).

6. Restart your PC system.

B) Installing the new HDD as a "single HDD drive" configuration for your PC system.

1. Use the bootable disk to startup the PC system.

2. When the PC has completed boot up; at the A:\> prompt, type "fdisk", and you will see the following screen,

Type: "Y" to proceed.

3. At the FDISK menu, select 1, "Create DOS partition or Logical Dos Drive:"


4. At the Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive menu, select 1, "Create Primary DOS Partition":

5. After performing the "verifying drive integrity process", you will be prompt to use the maximum available size for the Primary DOS Partition and make the drive active (Y/N), Enter: "Y" and fdisk will verify the drive integrity one more time.


6. After this is completed, the screen will prompt with the message "Primary DOS Partition created"

7. Next press the "ESC" key to continue.

8. At the Fdisk menu, press "ESC" again to exit Fdisk and reboot the PC system for the partition to take effect.

9. After rebooting the PC system (using the bootable diskette), type "format c: /s" to format the HDD before it can be usable.

10. After the format is done, the new HDD is ready for usage.

C) Installing the new HDD as the "slave HDD drive" or the "second HDD drive" configuration for your PC system.

1. After starting up Windows, run fdisk by typing the window key ( ) together with the "R" key, you will see a window with RUN at the title bar.

2. You will be asked, " Do you wish to enable large disk support? (Y), type: "Y"

3. Now at the Fdisk menu, select option 5, "Change current fixed disk drive", then from the Change current fixed drive menu, Enter fixed disk drive number (1 2): Type "2"

4. Confirm you have selected the correct drive by selecting option 4 at the fdisk menu. You should see the message on the screen indicating that there are no partitions defined.

5. Now at the fdisk menu, we will start with the partition process.

Select 1. Create Primary DOS partition, and then you will be prompted " Do you wish to use the maximum available size for Primary Dos Partition?"
Type: "Y" to proceed.

6. Upon completing the partition process, the screen will display the message "Primary Dos Partition created, drive letters changed or added."

7. From here, press "ESC" to continue.

8. At this stage, the HDD has completed the partition process. Press "ESC" to exit fdisk and the next screen will prompt you to reboot your PC.

9. Goto "START" at the task bar, select "Shut Down" and Restart you PC.

10. After rebooting, the PC, we have to format the new HDD. Open up the Window Explorer. Next, point the mouse cursor at the D: drive, right click on the mouse and then select "Format."

11. At the Format window:
Select full option for the format type.

For the other option under the Label:
Type in a name for the drive label.

12. Click OK when the warning window is prompted, to proceed with the formatting:

13. The format process will take some time to complete.

14. When the formatting has been completed, your new drive is ready.


 
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