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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 6: Connecting Components
      9  Connecting the Ribbon Cables

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Installing the Hard Drive IDE Cable

Plug in the hard drive ribbon cable to the drive (Figure 98). Then connect it to the mainboard (Figure 99); when properly installed it will appear as in Figure 100. Be sure to seat it fully by pushing it in with your fingers or thumbs. Use the connectors at the ends and ignore the connector in the middle of the cable, unless you wish to install another device such as a secondary device on the cable. If you wish to install a second drive on the cable, it’s usually easiest to connect the middle connector first, before connecting the end connector to the primary drive.


Figure 98: Connecting ribbon cable to the hard drive

The black end of the 40-pin ribbon cable should be connected to the hard drive. Use the ribbon cable which came with the hard drive. The other end of the ribbon cable should connect to the mainboard’s primary IDE controller. In addition, you should set the hard drive to the primary device on the primary controller. (Figure 20 shows the back of a hard drive.)

 



Figure 99: Connecting the hard drive ribbon to the mainboard

 



Figure 100: Pushing the hard drive ribbon cable into the mainboard

 



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