How to Install an IDE Hard Drive

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In this tutorial I will guide you through the process of installing an IDE hard drive into a desktop computer. Installing a new hard drive is a very common procedure for computer user, especially if the computer is older then three years old. IDE hardPandora Necklace drives are not that popular any more as they have slower transfer rates then the newer SATA hard drives but they are still being manufactured. One other draw back of IDE drives is that they require wide ribbon cables which restricts airflow in the computer case. Even with those negatives people still like using IDE drives. Let’s get started.


1. The first step is to find out if you have any room in your desktop computer for another hard drive. If you are replacing your current drive then you can move onto the next step.

2. Find out how your hard drive fits into your computer. Most computers use four screws that go into the hard drive’s side and then you slide the drive into your desktop. Some computer cases have screw less systems that require you to attach a bracket to the hard drive and then slide it into the case.

3. All desktop computer IDE hard drives have two connectors. The four pin connector is for the power and the 39 pin connector is for the data cable. If you are adding a second hard drive to your computer then you can use the second connector in the ribbon cable and slave the drive. You’ll also need a free power connector from your power supply.

4. Make sure that your power supply and motherboard can support an IDE hard drive. If your motherboard has only one IDE controller and the ribbon cable is already plugged into the CD drive and hard drive then you can’t add another hard drive. If you’re replacing the current drive then there are no problems.

5. Attach the IDE ribbon cable to the IDE connector on the motherboard. Then make sure to arrange your power supply cable to accommodate the new drive.

6. Place the hard drive into the computer case and make sure it is securely fastened.

7. Attach the power cable and the data cable to the hard drive and then you’re done. Just power on your computer and your ready to go.


– If you are adding another hard drive (or slaving) then you might need to change the jumper settings on the IDE drive to the slave position. Consult the diagram on the hard drive for the proper jumper settings

– If you have a choice then always choose the 80 wire ribbon cable as this cable has faster transfer rates then the old 40 wire cable.

– Always use a anti-static strap when working with hard drives.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Install an IDE Hard Drive” has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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