Upgrade A Ultra Dma To A Sata Hard Drive

1 Terabyte Western Digital hard drive.

With Ultra DMA hard drives quickly becoming obsolete technology due to acceptance of SATA by industry leaders, many of us find ourselves replacing our old EIDE hard drives with SATA hard drives. Internal hard drive replacement is an easy and fairly cheap upgrade all system builders and personal computer owners should be familiar with.


Removing the Ultra DMA

1. Unplug your personal computer from any electrical outlet or surge protector. Press and hold the power button for ten seconds once all electrical connections are severed to ensure no electrical charge remains in the system.

2. Remove the thumbscrews that hold the side sliding panel in place, and remove the side panel revealing the internal compartment of your computer. Touch the metal housing of the case to discharge any static charge within your body.

3. Locate the drive to be upgraded and remove the four pin Molex power connector. This connector is located to the right most of the drive when viewed from behind and is usually white in color.

4. Remove the flat grey EIDE ribbon to the left of the power connector. This will be a female connector that connects directly to the motherboard. If there are no other devices connected to this ribbon, you may safely remove it from the motherboard and the system as well.

5. Remove the EIDE hard drive from the drive bay. This may require the use of a screwdriver to loosen two screws along the side of the hard drive to free it from the drive bay. Once the drive is free, slide it out of the drive bay and set it aside. Reserve all screws for use later.

Installing the Sata Drive

6. Remove any remaining screws from your old EIDE hard drive and screw them into the corresponding screw holes on your new hard drive.

7. Plug the flat smaller end of your SATA cable into your motherboard’s first SATA port. SATA ports are usually located in the lower right corner of your motherboard and are labeled on the motherboard, starting from number one.

8. Slide your SATA hard drive into the hard drive bay of the case. Tighten any screws needed to secure a firm fit.

9. Locate and attach a SATA power connector from any of the power cords coming from your power supply to your hard drive. This connector is usually a flat black female connector that is around one inch wide. This connector attaches in the back left most port on the SATA hard drive.

10. Attach the flat end of the SATA cable to your SATA hard drive. This is a female connector that attaches immediately to the right of the power cable you just attached in Step 4.

Reassembly of Case

11. Replace the side panel and securely tighten any thumbscrews.

12. Plug all power cords back into their respective outlets.

13. Power on the system and enter the computer’s BIOS. This is usually accomplished by pressing F1 or the “Delete Key” immediately after pressing the “Power” button.

14. Navigate through the BIOS to the drive listing page and ensure the hard drive is indeed reported as installed.