|When you are ready to begin installing your new DVD
Drive,have plenty of roon on your desk or table to
work.Allow enough space to move around and to be
able to move the system unit as well.
Check to see if you have ample light.You may want to
have a container to place small screws in.The system
unit cover may have small screws and you don't want
to lose them.
After you have plenty of work space and ample lighting,
prepare your mind as well.Make this and every other
adventure of working on your computer educational
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to familarize yourself with all components inside the PC.
Take the time to study the actual components inside
your computer.You'll be glad you did should something
go wrong.Follow these steps to install your drive.
REMOVE THE COMPUTER COVER
First Turn off your computer and unplug all peripherals.
Take notice of how you unplug or disconnect any
Second Remove the side panel of the tower system or
the cover if you have a desktop.Place the panel in a
safe place well out of the way.
Third Before touching anything inside the system unit,
remove electrical static charge from your body by
touching a door knob or any unpainted metal surface.
Fourth Remove the new drive from its protective
wrapping and take the time to read through the manual.
Be sure you have all components and save the box
just in case it need to be returned.
Fifth Check the jumper settings on the drive to be sure
it is set to master.If you are adding this drive as a second
drive,you will have to set one as master and one as the
Your manual should make this procedure quick and fast.
A small pair of tweezers can be used to remove the
small jumper to the correct position.Most drives are set
to master by default.
SLIDE NEW DRIVE IN COMPUTER
Sixth Locate the drive bay for the cdrom drive.In most
cases,its at the top of the case.If you are removing
another drive,slide it out partially,disconnect cables,
and slide the drive out completely.Take note of the
location of all connections.
If you are installing a new drive the first time,use a
small screwdriver to pop off the 5.25 inch drive bay
cover and bezel on the system unit case.
Seventh Slide the new drive in partially and connect
the data,sound,and power cables to the rear of the
drive.Slide the drive in completely and use small
screws to secure the drive to the case.
In some cases,the drive is secured to the case with the
use of Drive rails.These rails should be mounted on
the old drive if you had to remove one.Check the drive's
manual if your new drive came with side rails.
When connecting the cable,carefully graps the cables
by the ends and not the wires themselves.Carefully
but firmly push the connectors into their sockets until
you are certain of a good connection.
If you are installing this drive as a second drive and
have made this drive the secondary or slave drive,
connect the drive to the center connector on the
Ribbon cable.The master drive must be at the end.
Eighth After all cables are re-connected to the drive and
the drive is secured to the case,replace the system unit
cover,reconnect all peripherals.Be sure the faceplate of
the drive is flush with the front of the computer.
SETUP YOUR NEW DVD DRIVE
Ninth Boot up the computer and in nearly all cases,the
operating system should detect the new drive and
install the device driver if necessary.
In most cases,new cdroms and dvd drives will not
come with a cdrom or diskette with a device driver.
Windows should install the drive with ease.
Some new drives will come with a cdrom full of
software,such as games,music,or movies.Check
this cdrom for software utilities that you may need
to help run and operate your drive.
Tenth Check your new drive to see if Windows has
recognized it.Click on My Computer and you should
see the drives installed.Check for both drives if you
installed the drive as a second drive.
And that's it.You can now use the drive as a huge
data backup.Or you may want to make movies.
Whatever the case,check the drive for compatbility
with other drives.
Take the time to learn absolutely everything about
that computer you're reading this with.Quickly
master the art of installing not just the dvd drive,
but all drives and other components.
About the author:
Otis F. Cooper is the author of the award winning
PC Super Pack,the Computer Training By Video
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