Installing a DiamondMax plus 9 3.5 inch hard drive to a desktop computer can increase available storage space by replacing the primary drive, or it can be used as a backup or secondary drive. Upgrading the hard drive is one of the most convenient improvements that can be made to a computer. Using free utilities available from the manufacturer, an existing drive can be cloned for a continuous update. Additional drives can also be added to most systems by mounting them and putting them on, or by adding a PCI hard drive controller card for more drives. Things You’ll Need
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 3.5 Inch Hard
Drive 9 Series USB Hard Drive Adapter Software
hard drive cloning
Anti – static wristband
PCI hard drive controller board (optional)
screwdriver set Photo needle nose pliers
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replace current hard drive
Connect a USB hard drive adapter to an available USB port on your computer. Follow the instructions to install any necessary driver files included with the adapter.
Download the Seagate DiscWizard software (see Resources) . Follow the instructions included in the download and install the software using the default installation options.
Attach the Maxtor DiamondMax hard drive plus 9 to the USB hard drive adapter and attach a power supply to the drive. Cancel all instructions to run the software or browse content on the drive, but allow all drivers to load automatically.
Run the DiscWizard software and choose to copy a drive. Select the main system drive, typically drive C, as the source drive and Maxtor DiamondMax plus 9 hard as the destination. Copy all files and allow the process to complete. Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the back of the computer to turn off the power.
Remove the computer cover. Attach the anti-static wrist strap to a wrist and a bare metal area on the case.
Disconnect the data cable and power cable from the back of the installed hard drive. Disconnect the DiamondMax hard drive from the USB hard drive adapter cable and remove the power supply. Unplug the USB hard drive adapter from the back of the computer.
Detach the existing hard drive from the computer by removing the four mounting screws and sliding it out of the case, or alternatively, removing the bracket or adapter that is holding the drive in place, depending on the style of case. Match the jumper settings on the DiamondMax hard drive to reflect the same option that the existing system disk is used, typically Master (MA) or Cable Select (CS) .
Mount the DiamondMax hard drive into the system the same way the existing drive came out and connect the data and power cable cable the same way they were attached to the existing drive. Replace the cover and boot the system.
Additional storage option
Open the computer case and attach the anti-static wrist strap to a wrist and to the exposed metal part of the case.
Inspect the existing hard drive and the primary IDE data cable leading to it. If there is no connector available on the same cable, determine the jumper setting for the existing hard drive, typically Master (MA) or Cable Select (CS). Set the new unit to match the existing unit as follows: If the existing unit is set to Master (MA) then the Maxtor unit must be placed in Slave (SL) . If the existing drive is set to Cable Select (CS) then the Maxtor drive must also be set to Cable Select (CS) . Mount the unit into an available slot and attach the second connector of the existing cable to the Maxtor unit. Connect a power cord to the unit.
Locate the secondary IDE cable if there is no space on the main cable that has the existing system drive attached to it. If there is no connector available on the same cable, determine the jumper setting for any other unit connected to the cable, either Master (MA), Cable Select (CS), or Slave (SL) . Set the new drive to match the existing drive as follows: If the existing drive is set to Master(MA) then the Maxtor drive must be placed in Slave(SL). If the existing drive is set to Cable Select (CS) then the Maxtor drive must also be set to Cable Select (CS) . If the existing drive is placed in Slave (SL) then the Maxtor drive must be set to Master (MA). Mount the unit into an available slot and attach the second connector of the existing cable to the Maxtor unit. Connect a power cord to the unit.
Install a PCI hard drive controller card if there is space there is on any of the power cables or if it is more convenient to have an additional card installed and avoid configuration issues. Mount the Maxtor hard drive in an available drive bay. Connect the data cable from the controller board to the Maxtor hard drive. Connect a power cord to the unit.
Restart your computer and allow the operating system to load. Install any necessary drivers for the hard disk controller, if one was used, following the instructions and inserting the driver disk that came with the controller card when prompted.
Click “Start” and “Control Panel.” Click “Administrative Tools” and double-click “Computer Management” and then click “Disk Management” in the left pane. Right-click on the unallocated space on the Maxtor DiamondMax hard drive and click “New Simple Volume” from the menu. Follow the instructions to create and format a partition for use on the new drive.
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