To have the BIOS automatically detect the new drive and set its parameters you need to enter the Standard CMOS Setup category of the BIOS Setup and ensure that the IDE Master and Slave designations are correct for your current configuration.

If a Master or Slave device is set to Disable or None or a similar designation, change it as appropriate to Enable or Auto (or something similar, depending on your setup program).

Some BIOSes have a feature that renders a drive’s location in relation to the ribbon twist irrelevant. Make sure this is not enabled, else a drive connected to the floppy cable after the twist may not be recognised as your A: drive.

Save the settings and exit the setup routine, allowing the system to continue to boot.

The BIOS should now automatically detect the new drive.When Windows has loaded you can confirm that it has by going to My Computer where you should see the new drive identified. The particular drive letter assigned will depend on your machine’s configuration.

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