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Internal drive removal and installation - NetVista 2256, 6339, 6346

This section provides information and instructions for installing and removing internal drives.

Internal drives are devices that your computer uses to read and store data. You can add or replace drives in your computer to increase storage capacity and to enable your computer to read other types of media such as CD-ROM.

Internal drives are installed in bays. Within this book, the bays are referred to as bay 1, bay 2, and so on.

When you install an internal drive, it is important to note what type and size of drive that you can install in each bay. Also, it is important to correctly connect the internal drive cables to the installed drive.

Drive specifications

Your computer might come with the following IBM-installed drives:

  • A 3.5-inch diskette drive in bay 1
  • A CD drive or DVD drive in bay 2
  • A 3.5-inch hard disk drive in bay 3

Bays that do not have drives installed have a static shield and bay panel installed.

The following illustration shows the locations of the drive bays.

location of drive bays

Bay 1 - Max Height: 25.4mm (1.0 inch)3.5-inch diskette drive (preinstalled in some models)
Bay 2 - Max Height: 41.3mm (1.6 inch)CD-ROM drive (standard in some models)
Bay 3 - Max Height: 12.7mm (0.5 inch)3.5-inch hard disk drive (preinstalled)


  1. Drives that are greater than 41.3 mm (1.6 in.) high cannot be installed.
  2. Install removable media (tape or CD) drives in the accessible bay: bay 1 or 2.

Installing a drive

  1. Remove the cover (see “Cover removal”).
  2. If you are installing a drive with removable media, insert a flat–blade screwdriver into one of the slots on the static shield in the drive bay into which you installed the drive and gently pry the static shield loose from the drive bay.
  3. Make sure the drive is set correctly as the master device. Refer to the documentation that comes with your CD drive or DVD drive for master/slave jumper information.
  4. Lift the latch and remove the drive mounting tray.
  5. Install the drive into the bay. Align the screw holes and insert the four screws.
  6. Slide the drive cage halfway into the mounting tray.
    slide drive cage
  7. Each integrated drive electronics (IDE) drive requires two cables; a four-wire power cable that connects to the power supply, and a signal cable that connects to the system board. You might also have an audio cable to connect. To connect a CD drive or DVD drive to your computer, follow these steps:
    1. Locate the signal cable that came with your computer or with the new drive.
    2. Locate the secondary IDE connector and the CD-ROM audio connector on the system board. See “System board layout”.
    3. Connect one end of the signal cable to the secondary IDE connector on the system board and the other to the CD drive or DVD drive.
    4. Your computer has extra power connectors for connecting additional drives. Connect the power cable to the drive.
      connect drive cables
  8. If you have a CD-ROM drive audio cable, connect it to the drive and the system board.
  9. Slide the drive cage in and engage the latch.
  10. If the drive you installed is a removable-media drive, remove the bay panel from the front bezel.
  11. To complete the installation, go to Cover installation and connecting the cables.
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