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Before installing your hard disk drive please shut down your computer and unplug all cables attached to the back of your computer. These include power and monitor cables, your keyboard and mouse.

 


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Opening The Computer Case

To accomplish the task of opening the computer's case you will need a Phillips screwdriver. The case is normally secured to the metal chassis with two or four screws.

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On the back of the floppy drive there is one power connector used to give the drive its juice required to function with the rest of the computer.

Connecting The Power Cable

This 4 pin floppy drive power connector is known as a BERG connector.

This type of power connector can be identifable as four pins in a white socket, and is about half the size of a Molex power connector.

On the back side of the floppy drive to the right of the power connector, there is a 34 pin male data interface connection which connects to the system motherboard required for data transfer operations.

This port is used to connect the floppy disk ribbon cable to the internal port on the computer's motherboard.


There is usually one pin missing in this area; the floppy disk connector on the motherboard is also missing one pin.

When connecting the data transfer cable to the floppy drive, you must connect the red line on the floppy cable to the pin furthest to the right on the drive.

Connecting the cable in the wrong orientation will cause errors the next time your computer is powered on. You may also damage the drive by connecting the floppy cable the wrong way.

Take some time to ensure that each hole on the cable is aligning perfectly with each individual pin on the floppy drive.
The next step is to connect the data transfer cable from the floppy drive to the internal connector on the motherboard.
The power connector on the floppy drive is of a Molex 4 pin type.The picture shown above illustrates a properly connected data and power cable connected to a mounted floppy drive.

To provide an interface between the floppy drive and the computer's motherboard, you need to string the cable inside of the PC so that it connects up with the 34 pin connector on the motherboard.

A thirty four pin interface connector provides a connection from the floppy disk drive to the computer's internal components including the motherboard.

As shown in the illustration above, the floppy drive connector is a series of 34 gold plated pins. If you cannot find this connector please look at the documentation that came with your computer system for more help.

Gently connect the floppy drive cable to this connector. It's important to connect the cable in the correct orientation. Match up the missing hole on the connector with the missing hole on the cable to make the connection.

That should complete the physical part of the hardware installation. The next step is to ensure the BIOS can properly recognize your newly installed floppy drive so that the operating system can properly iniatlize the drive.
 
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Assuming everything has been configured correctly after your computer restarts the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) will detect the new hardware and attempt to initalize it according to factory default setttings.
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Assuming everything has been configured correctly after your computer restarts the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) will deteect the new hardware and attempt to initalize it according to factory default setttings.
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spare1When you are finished making changes to the BIOS you need to apply the changes.

Press the F10 key on any screen to finalize all changes. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one shown in the illustration below.

Cursor down and over to the Save & Exit Setup option.

Press the Enter key.



Press Y to finalize the operation. After a short delay your computer will be restarted. The floppy drive connects internally to the motherboard's floppy disk connector.

On The Standard CMOS Features screen press the cursor down key to access the option Drive A.

Press Enter when that option is selected.

A pop up menu should appear allowing you to make a selection based on the settings configured in the BIOS.

The option you want to specify is 1.44M 3.5" option.

Press the Enter key to confirm the selection.


The power connector on the floppy drive is of a Molex 4 pin type. This port is used to connect the floppy disk ribbon cable to the internal port on the computer's motherboard.


There is usually one pin missing in this area; the floppy disk connector on the motherboard is also missing one pin.

When connecting the data transfer cable to the floppy drive, you must connect the red line on the floppy cable to the pin furthest to the right on the drive.

Connecting the cable in the wrong orientation will cause errors the next time your computer is powered on. You may also damage the drive by connecting the floppy cable the wrong way.

Take some time to ensure that each hole on the cable is aligning perfectly with each individual pin on the floppy drive. On the back of the floppy drive there is one power connector used to give the drive its juice required to function with the rest of the computer.

On the main BIOS window press the enter key so the Standard CMOS Features sub-menu is selected.

The next step is to connect the data transfer cable from the floppy drive to the internal connector on the motherboard. Once you have mounted the floppy drive, you are ready to connect the power and data cables. On the back side of the floppy drive to the right of the power connector, there is a 34 pin male data interface connection which connects to the system motherboard required for data transfer operations.

Reattach any cables that were disconnected prior to the installation procedure. Reattach your keyboard, mouse, and any other peripheral devices.

Power on the computer.

After a few seconds you will see a screen similar to the one shown in the illustration below:

As shown in the illustration above, the floppy drive connector is a series of 34 gold plated pins. If you cannot find this connector please look at the documentation that came with your computer system for more help.

Gently connect the floppy drive cable to this connector. It's important to connect the cable in the correct orientation. Match up the missing hole on the connector with the missing hole on the cable to make the connection.Michael J. CasimirDepending on the manufacturer of your computer and/or motherboard, you may need to press a different key to access the computer's BIOS. Examples of popular BIOS access keys are: F2, F8, and Delete. Learn how to install a 3.5" floppy drive. Connecting The Power Cable

This 4 pin floppy drive power connector is known as a BERG connector.

This type of power connector can be identifable as four pins in a white socket, and is about half the size of a Molex power connector.

This power supply cable will fit into the floppy drive in only one way. Plug in the cable gently so that it is horizentally aligned with the power pins on the back of the floppy drive.

If the power cable won't go in, make sure you're plugging it in the correct way.
Understand the differences between floppy drive power and data cables.

Floppy drives and floppy drive controllers don't need added configuration if everything is working properly.

In Windows XP you can check the stat of your floppy drive by following these steps:

  1. Left click the Windows Start menu.

  2. Left click the Control Panel menu item.

  3. Left click the System icon.

  4. Left click the Hardware tab.

  5. Left click the Device Manager button.

  6. In the Windows device manager check the status on devices named Floppy disk drive or floppy disk controller.

  7. If your floppy drive is not functioning properly yellow exclamation points will be shown.

  8. If you're having problems getting your floppy drive click here to read the document Troubleshooting Floppy Disk Problems

How To Install A 3.5" Floppy Drive Upon a successful restart the operating system installed on your computer will detect the newly installed floppy drive. Monday, October 14, 2013 6:04 PM The floppy diskette internal connector is a series of 34 gold pins located on the motherboard.

At least one of the pins will be missing on this connector to accommodate the style of data transfer cable required by the floppy drive.

The power cable on all floppy drives is a 4 pin Berg connector approximately half the size of a Molex power connector. Opening The Computer Case

To accomplish the task of opening the computer's case you will need a Phillips screwdriver. The case is normally secured to the metal chassis with two or four screws.

Locate the screws attaching the metal case to the chassis and unscrew them.

Remove the metal side of the chassis and place it, along with the screws, in a safe location. If your computer's case has to metal sides, you will need to remove the screws that attach the second metal plate to the computer's case.

On this newer case, thumb tabs are used instead of screws for mounting drives within the drive bays. Older style cases use 6-32 mm screws to fasten the drives. Most computer BIOS provide a means for booting from a floppy diskette. On the side of the PC case there is a small floppy drive housing unit a couple of centimeters larger than the size of the actual floppy drive. This is where you will "mount" the floppy drive. However, before mounting occurs you must remove the metal case attached to the computer's metal chassis. The illustration to the right shows a mounted floppy drive connector with both data interface and power cables connected. This document will teach you how to install a 3.5" floppy drive. What A Proper Floppy Drive Installation Should Look Like The second part of installing a floppy disk drive involves configuring the system BIOS to recognize your newly installed hardware. That should complete the physical part of the hardware installation. The next step is to ensure the BIOS can properly recognize your newly installed floppy drive so that the operating system can properly iniatlize the drive. The next step is to make a connection between the floppy drive and the controller port on the motherboard.   Identify the connection port on a motherboard that must interface with the floppy drive. Learn how to mount a floppy drive into an empty drive bay. Remove The Plastic Plate Cover

The plastic plate cover is used to prevent dust and other particles from getting into the computer. You will need to find and remove the plastic cover so you can gain access to the internal drive mounting bay.

To remove the plastic cover from the drive bay, guide a screw driver inside of the mounting area and gently apply pressure to the plastic cover with the screwdriver. The plastic cover will eventually pop out.

Inserting The Floppy Drive


When inserting the drive into this open drive bay you may have to use a bit of force so the drive can fit into place properly. It should align with the four mounting holes on the chassis, two holes on either side of the drive.

There are always two mounting holes on one side of the floppy drive. If you flip the case unit over you will notice that there are an additional two holes that you can use to secure the reverse side of the floppy drive to the chassis.

Be careful to not use too much force when mounting the drive. You may lose control of how far the drive goes through and dislodge other components inside the computer.

These holes must line up with the opening on the chassis for a proper installation.To access the computer BIOS, press F2 when the screen prompts.

To return to the previous screen press the ESC key.

From the main menu select the Advanced BIOS Features option.

Your computer is probably already configured for booting from a hard disk drive. If you want to boot from a floppy diskette you will need to ensure the First Boot Device reads floppy.

Select the First Boot Device option and press Enter to display a list of devices.

Select the Floppy option in the corresponding menu.

Press the Enter key to confirm the change. After reboot, the BIOS will attempt to boot from a floppy diskette. If there is no bootable floppy in the drive the BIOS will boot from the hard disk drive.

On the MAIN screen press the cursor down key to access the Diskette A option. Press the enter key on the Diskette A option and a pop up menu should appear allowing you to make a selection based on the new type of hardware installed. Press the cursor down arrow key to select the option 1.44/1.25/1.2 MB 3 1/2" option. Press the Enter key to select this device type.

Opening The Computer Case

To accomplish the task of opening the computer's case you will need a Phillips screwdriver. The case is normally secured to the metal chassis with two or four screws.

Locate the screws attaching the metal case to the chassis and unscrew them.

Remove the metal side of the chassis and place it, along with the screws, in a safe location. If your computer's case has to metal sides, you will need to remove the screws that attach the second metal plate to the computer's case.

On this newer case, thumb tabs are used instead of screws for mounting drives within the drive bays. Older style cases use 6-32 mm screws to fasten the drives.
InsertInstructionsA thirty four pin interface connector provides a connection from the floppy disk drive to the computer's internal components including the motherboard.

As shown in the illustration above, the floppy drive connector is a series of 34 gold plated pins. If you cannot find this connector please look at the documentation that came with your computer system for more help.

Gently connect the floppy drive cable to this connector. It's important to connect the cable in the correct orientation. Match up the missing hole on the connector with the missing hole on the cable to make the connection.

On the back of the floppy drive there is one power connector used to give the drive its juice required to function with the rest of the computer.

The next step is to connect the data transfer cable from the floppy drive to the internal connector on the motherboard.

On the back side of the floppy drive to the right of the power connector, there is a 34 pin male data interface connection which connects to the system motherboard required for data transfer operations.

 

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This port is used to connect the floppy disk ribbon cable to the internal port on the computer's motherboard.


There is usually one pin missing in this area; the floppy disk connector on the motherboard is also missing one pin.

When connecting the data transfer cable to the floppy drive, you must connect the red line on the floppy cable to the pin furthest to the right on the drive.

Connecting the cable in the wrong orientation will cause errors the next time your computer is powered on. You may also damage the drive by connecting the floppy cable the wrong way.

Take some time to ensure that each hole on the cable is aligning perfectly with each individual pin on the floppy drive. EditRegion43Description Monday, October 14, 2013 6:04 PM The floppy diskette internal connector is a series of 34 gold pins located on the motherboard.

At least one of the pins will be missing on this connector to accommodate the style of data transfer cable required by the floppy drive. Inserting The Floppy Drive

When inserting the drive into this open drive bay you may have to use a bit of force so the drive can fit into place properly. It should align with the four mounting holes on the chassis.

Be careful though to not use too much force when mounting the drive. You may lose control of how far the drive goes through dislodge other components inside the computer.

There are always two mounting holes on one side of the floppy drive. If you flip the case unit over you will notice that there are an additional two holes that you can use to secure the reverse side of the floppy drive to the chassis.



These holes must line up with the opening on the chassis for a proper installation.

On the side of the PC case there is a small floppy drive housing unit a couple of centimeters larger than the size of the actual floppy drive. This is where you will "mount" the floppy drive. However, before mounting occurs you must remove the metal case attached to the computer's metal chassis.

That should complete the physical part of the hardware installation. The next step is to ensure the BIOS can properly recognize your newly installed floppy drive so that the operating system can properly iniatlize the drive. The second part of installing a floppy disk drive involves configuring the system BIOS to recognize your newly installed hardware.

Reattach any cables that were disconnected during phase # 1 of the installation procedure.

Power on the computer.

After a few seconds you will see a screen similar to the one shown to the left.

 

EditRegion44EditRegion45The power connector on the floppy drive is of a Molex 4 pin type.The picture shown above illustrates a properly connected data and power cable connected to a mounted floppy drive.

To provide an interface between the floppy drive and the computer's motherboard, you need to string the cable inside of the PC so that it connects up with the 34 pin connector on the motherboard. Connecting The Power Cable

This 4 pin floppy drive power connector is known as a BERG connector.

This type of power connector can be identifable as four pins in a white socket, and is about half the size of a Molex power connector.