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Connecting The Floppy Drives

Building Your Own PC, Part 1: Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers
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Floppy drives are in danger of extinction because floppies generally don't hold much data. Most software is generally installed from CD-ROMs now, anyway. CD burners are very popular for archiving data. Nevertheless, a floppy drive can still pay off if you work with old programs or data from time to time.

Floppy connector (34-pin) above, IDE connector(40-pin) for hard drives and CD-ROM below.

It's easy to spot floppy cables. They usually have a "twist" of individual wires, as you can see in the upper corner of the image. The image shows a color marking on a cable. This is frequently a red line that marks pin 1. Pin 1 is also printed on the motherboard. On modern motherboards, notches and/ or a missing pin in the middle (see picture blow) prevent the cable from being inserted the wrong way. You still need to watch out when hooking up older drives or motherboards. The red dotted line at the other end of the cable should always point in the direction of the power supply. Here, too, there is a reverse-connection protection to keep it from being improperly configured.

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    Anonymous , September 20, 2008 7:55 PM
    thanks,i hope my mum approves of my £700+ setup that i want lol ;) 
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    Marco925 , May 6, 2010 3:44 PM
    So Different compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:36 PM
    y is this so hard
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:38 PM
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:43 PM
    This is is so similar compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:45 AM
    This is a pretty in depth guide on how to build a computer. I found How to Build a Computer pretty useful too.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:46 AM
    How to Build a Computer is a pretty good guide too.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2011 12:57 AM
    My son and his friend bought the components for a gaming pc. They had XP to put on the computer but it wont load. It has Linux on it. I don't know much about this sort of thing but could it be bc the XP is already been loaded on another computer? If I can find one of our op systems software that has an extra load on it will it load on the gaming pc with no problems? Just want to be sure in case I have to drop the money for the operating system.
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    joeman99 , January 30, 2012 7:05 AM
    I always use this manual when building PCs, I never touch or buy any computer without it http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-build-computer.html