So I made this instructable after years of trolling and reading around i finally had the guts to make my own. In a nutshell I'm showing you how to install hardware (in this case two IDE hard drives and two IDE optical drives) into an IDE machine.
Step 1: The Stuff
A Computer (i have two, I'm using the not so great one)
Drives! Be they optical or hard disk, note that a computer will not boot up with out an operating system.
IDE ribbon cables i have many you probably only have one or two.
POOOOWWWWWWEEEEEEERRRRR (immature eh?) you need appropriate molex power Connections! or if you are doing this with sata... this guide is for IDE mind you... use sata power.
Tweezers you'll see
Step 2: Get Your Hardware Together
Get your hardware together, then stick it next to your machine
Step 3: Drive Switchs
Get out your tweezers and prepare for pokes, on the drive(s) it should show a little diagram according to which drive is slave main you should put the switches. Have Fun Good Luck.
Step 4: Know Thy Master
Get your IDE ribbon cables and locate the end that says master, and the one some where between it says slave. some cables dot have markings, soo the diagram looks like this
S L A V E
M A S T E R
Step 5: Power
Put the Molex (m) wire into the Molex (f) socket on the drives.
Step 6: A Few More to Go
ok so the drives and power and switches and all that are all connected but we havn't put the IDE into the mother board yet.
Step 7: Dry Run
Dry run kind of like a wet one but not wet, hook everything up DO NOT close the case, if some thing doesn't work you will have faster access to parts to repair.
Step 8: Not Hot Swappable
dont change parts out while it is on, bad idea. but now you can connect four hard drives or 3 optical drives or 3 hard drives, ill just make another diagram =)
Hey You're DONE