Microsoft & Tech Writers

Subject: Microsoft & Tech Writers
From: Bruce Conway <bconway -at- ISLAND -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 11:02:22 +0000

This might help some of those who were wondering why/how Microsoft
needs/generates tech writers.

Installing a Hard Drive on a Desktop Computer


1. Turn off the Macintosh.
2. Plug the hard disk into the SCSI port and into
a power source.
3. Turn on the hard disk and the Macintosh.


1. Turn off the computer. Disconnect the power cord.
2. Open the computer. Keep yourself grounded to avoid damaging
a power source. components.
3. Set the new hard disk?s jumpers to ?slave? setting. (Note: This
will vary depending on the manufacturer of the disk.)
4. Locate an open IDE adapter port on the controller card or
motherboard. If necessary, add a dual-headed IDE connector ribbon
so that the original hard disk and the new hard disk can share the
same port.
5. Plug the new hard disk into the IDE connector ribbon. (Make sure
the red strip on the ribbon is closest to the power supply port on
the hard disk.)
6. Locate an unused power connector. If necessary, buy a Y adapter for
your computer?s power connector.
7. Plug the power connector into the power supply port on the new
hard disk.
8. Attach the faceplate, LED light, and, if necessary, mounting
hardware, to the new hard disk. Then mount it in an open bay.
9. Replace the cover of the computer and plug in the power cord. Turn
on the computer.
10. Before the ?Starting Windows 95? message appears, enter the
System Setup screen.
11. Press tab until the IDE Hard Disk (slave) entry is highlighted.
Configure the new hard disk as a slave. Enter the number of
cylinders, heads, and sectors the new hard disk will require.
(Note: The number of steps involved in this procedure will depend
on your computer?s BIOS chip.)
12. Exit System Setup.
13. Restart the computer.
14. Select MS-DOS from the Start Programs menu.
15. At the C: prompt, type ?FDISK? and press Enter.
16. Indicate the number of partitions you would like to create on the
new hard disk. (Note: This procedure requires you to change the
current fixed disk, to select the number of partitions for the new
disk, and to select the size of each partition.)
17. Exit MS-DOS and restart Windows.
18. Select MS-DOS from the Start Programs menu.
19. At the C: prompt, execute the FORMAT command for all partitions
you created.
20. When the hard disk has been formatted, exit MS-DOS.
21. Double-click ?My Computer.? An icon for your new hard disk should
appear in the window.
Bruce Conway *** Technical Writer
Member: STC and VIATeC (Vancouver Island)
Tel: 250-336-8338 ( til Jan 1,99)
Tel: 250-474-9939 (after Jan 1,99)
Email: <bconway -at- island -dot- net>

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