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In this lab, you need to install a single ATA (often called IDE) hard drive. It's best to reserve external drive bays for drives that must be accessed from the front of the computer (such as floppy drives or internal ZIP drives), so install the hard drive in an internal 3.5 inch drive bay. Because another hard drive will not be installed on the same cable (sometimes referred to as a channel ), configure the drive with the Single Drive setting. According to the hard drive's documentation, this is done by placing jumper shunts over pins 7 and 8 and over pins 1 and 2 of the J1 jumper block on the back of the hard drive. Keep in mind that some hard drives do not have a Single Drive setting, in which case you should configure the drive as Master. Next, connect a 40-pin IDE cable to the hard drive and to the motherboard. These cables can easily be confused with other types of ribbon cables. Here are some examples of common types of ribbon cable connectors:
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Unformatted text preview: To achieve the most reliable signaling, it is recommended to use the two opposite ends of the cable before using the cable's middle connector. However, because it often works to connect the drive and motherboard using any two connectors on the cable, this lab does not enforce this recommendation. Connect one connector to the drive, and the other connector to the primary IDE connector on the motherboard (usually identified as Primary or IDE1). This is the first place the BIOS looks for a bootable hard drive. Note: In the lab, you set jumpers on the drive after installing the drive in the bay. However, in the real world, this is often more easily done before installing the drive. Also, be aware that a typical 40-pin, 40-conductor cable, such as the one available in the lab, does not appropriately support the cable select feature, which is why you must configure the Single Drive option rather than using the Cable Select option....
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