This is a quick step by step guide for anybody needing help to install PC HDD’s and Rom drives, please read the disclaimer before using.
As with any PC hardware, always ensure you take anti static precautions, this is generally taken by wearing an ESD armband, however failing this then always ensure you have some part of your body in constant contact with the metal case of your PC (this will then reduce the static effect you may have).
PLEASE NOTE: this information is not an industry accepted method; these are my own personal fixes that i have determined through many years of handling IT equipment. With the exception of any readers who have bought from my ebay shop Priceattackstorerun by the247enigma, bear in mind these hints may invalidate any warranties you may hold, but if they should I would recommend attaining a refund from your seller and shop elsewhere!
First setting the jumper settings, unless you are using SATA drives, you will need to prioritise the drive to either a master or slave, you can use ‘CS’ or cable select but this does sometimes get ‘confused’ and can cause problems, I don’t recommend it.
First of all if you were to lay your HDD label side up and circuit side down and look at the back the power socket should be on your right, beside this to the left is a cluster of 8pins, these are in fact 4 pairs.
For HDD’s The ‘Master’ selection, which you use for ‘C’ or ‘primary’ drive is always on the far left of this cluster of 8 pins, the ‘slave’ or ‘secondary’ drive selector is none. Simply remove the jumper connector from the HDD and either keep or discard ‘somewhere safe’.
On Rom drives if you were to lay the drive with the top up, so that the sockets at the back are on the bottom. The selector is a cluster of 6pins, adjacent to the left of the IDE socket, and ‘Master’ or ‘Primary’ is the pair closest to the IDE socket, Slave or ‘Secondary’ is in the middle.
When it comes to connecting up the IDE cables normally have 3 sockets. At various lengths from each other. The plug that is furthest away from the other two is the one that connects to the motherboard, the other end plug, that is closer to the middle plug, is the ‘Master’ connector, and the middle connector is the ‘Slave’.
Now you should be aware that there are 2 different types of IDE cable, 40wire and 80wire, unless you are running a processor of less than 133mhz clock speed (that’s 0.13Ghz) you will probably need 80wire for your drives to work. If you cannot get 1 drive to detect on 1 cable it is probably because that cable is a 40wire lead instead of an 80wire, you will need to buy an 80wire for it to work.
Before we begin here I should make it clear that couriers are a major nuisance to HDD and Rom drive sellers, and can cause problems during transport. Below are some possible remedies.
Question: ‘My Rom drive door will not open’
Answer: In 99.5% of drives there will be a small hole underneath the drawer on the front panel, using either a needle or paperclip, push the needle into the hole and this will force eject the drawer, you may need to do this 2 or 3 times for the drawer to open by the button itself.
Question: ‘My drive is not being detected in bios, yet it is powering up’
Answer: Almost certainly this is caused by an incorrect primary setting, check your jumper is setup correctly, if it is enter your bios screen and enter your ‘Standard CMOS Setup’ screen and change all the values under ‘type’ to ‘auto’, once done save and exit CMOS.
The next time the PC boots (press ‘TAB’ if you have a ‘screen splash’ or company logo) an error message will probably appear saying ‘X drive not detected’. If you look at the screen a list of 4 or more drives will appear and will state what has or has not been found, if all your drives are found re-enter bios and set the values under ‘standard CMOS Settings’ and ‘Type’ to none where an error may have showed.
Question: ‘I am trying to install my Operating System (OS) but the PC crashes before it has finished’
Answer: This is likely down to the HDD, I would first attempt to reformat it. Your OS installation should prompt you with the question of formatting, click yes and go with a thorough format. If this does not work I would contact your seller for advice.
Question: ‘My Rom drive will not play discs’
Answer: Due to the nature of laser equipment sometimes during travel condensation can develop on the lens, i would allow 24hrs for the unit to acclimatize and hopefully it will work. If it is a DVDRW and it does not play/copy DVDR’s I would try another burning software. If neither of these work you’ll need to contact your seller.
Well I think that’s all the troubleshooting, If the problem cannot be resolved above I would send it back to your seller, or if this is not possible have it repaired professionally or you may send it to ourselves for safe and proper disposal.
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