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      Internal drive installation - ThinkCentre 8316

      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 to 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. 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 installed drives:

      • A 3.5-inch diskette drive in bay 1
      • A CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive in bay 2 (some models)
      • A 3.5-inch hard disk drive in bay 3

      Note: Any bay that does not have a drive installed has a static shield and bay panel installed.

      The following illustration shows the locations of the drive bays.

      Locations of the drive bays.

      The following list describes some of the drives that you can install in each bay and their height requirements:

      Bay numberMaximum heightDescription
      Bay 125.8 mm (1.0 in.)3.5-inch diskette drive (preinstalled)
      Bay 243.0 mm (1.7 in.)CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive (preinstalled in some models)
      Bay 325.8 mm (1.0 in.)3.5-inch hard disk drive (preinstalled)


      1. Drives that are greater than 43.0 mm (1.7 in.) high cannot be installed.
      2. Install removable media (tape or CD) drives in the accessible bay (bay 2).

      Installing a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
      To install a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive in bay 2, follow these steps:

      1. Remove the cover. For more information; see Cover removal.
      2. Remove the bay panel from the front bezel.
      3. Remove the metal shield from the drive bay by inserting a flat-blade screwdriver into one of the slots and gently prying it loose.
      4. Make sure the drive is set correctly as the master device. Refer to the documentation that comes with your CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive for master/slave jumper information.
      5. Pivot the drive bay latch handle toward the front of the computer and then pivot the drive bay cage upward, as shown, until it is latched in the up position.

      Pivot drive bay latch toward front of computer.

      1. Install the drive into the bay. Align the screw holes and insert the two screws

      Installing the drive into the bay.

      1. 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. For a CD-ROM drive, you might also have an audio cable. To connect a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive to your computer, follow these steps:
        1. Locate the signal cable that comes with your computer or with the new drive.
        2. Locate the secondary IDE connector on the system board. See Identifying parts on the system board.
        3. Connect one end of the signal cable to the secondary IDE connector on the system board and the other to the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive.
        4. Your computer has extra power connectors for connecting additional drives. Connect the power cable to the drive.

        Connect power cables to drive.

      2. Clear any cables that might impede replacement of the drive cage.
      3. Pivot the drive cage back into place.

      Note: To complete the installation, go to Cover installation and connecting the cables.


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      • Alias ID: MIGR-51780
      • Document ID: PD010485
      • Last Updated :17 Jun 2014
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