1. Getting Started Kit Contents ● SATA Dock Station ● USB3.0 Cable ● Power Adapter ● QIG Minimum System Requirements ● Available USB3.0 host port ● Windows XP / VISTA / 7 / 8 ● MAC OS 10.5 or above 2. Assembling Hard Drive * After hard drive installation, make sure the cable is properly connected between the dock and the system. * Be careful with the hard drive position before inserting it into the drive dock station. 3. Formatting Hard Drive In order to use a hard drive, or a portion of a hard drive, in Windows you need to first partition it and then format it. This process will then assign a drive letter to the partition allowing you to access it in order to use it to store and retrieve data. All hard disk management is done in the Disk Management Administrative Tool. Follow these steps to open this tool: 1. Click on the Start button and select the Control Panel option. 2. If in Classic control panel mode, double-click on the Administrative Tools icon and then double-click on Computer Management icon. If your control panel is in the Category view, click on Performance and Maintenance, then click on Administrative Tools, and finally double-click on the Computer Management icon. 3. When the Computer Management screen opens, click on the Disk Management option under the Storage category. This will present you with a screen called The Disk Management Screen. To make a partition from the unused space you would do the following. 1. Right click on the space listed as unallocated. 2. At the menu that comes up, click on the New Partition option. 3. You will now be presented with a wizard as to how you would like the partition to be created. At the first screen press Next. 4. At the following screen, determine if you need a primary or extended partition. Most people will be fine selecting Primary Partition. Select Primary Partition and press Next. 5. At the next screen you will be prompted to type in how much of the unallocated space you would like used for the new partition. Regardless, of what you decide, you need to enter a size in the Partition size in MB: field, or stick with the default size, and press the Next button. 6. At the next screen select the drive letter you would like assigned to it, or use the default one given. When done, press the Next button. The drive letter that you assign here will be how you access the partition later. 7. In this step you will determine how you would like the new partition to be formatted. For the most part you are advised to use the NTFS file system. If you need a file system that can be readable by older operating systems like DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME, then you should instead choose the FAT32 file system. 8. Type a name in the Volume Label field that will be associated with this partition or leave it blank. 9. Finally press the Next button and you will come to a summary screen. Review how the partition will be created, and if you are satisfied, press the Finish button to complete the creation and formatting of your new hard disk partition. When the computer finishes creating and formatting the new partition you will be presented with the Disk Management screen again and will see that you have a new partition and drive letter on your computer. Now you can use that drive to start storing your data. 4. Connecting the Drive 1. Connect one end of the USB3.0 Cable to your computer. 2. Connect the other end of the USB3.0 Cable to the USB3.0 port on the back of the enclosure. 3. Connect the power adapter to the power socket of the enclosure and switch the power on. 4. The power indication LED will illuminate and the presence of an external drive will be visible on your PC monitor or laptop. 5. Disconnecting the Drive Caution : To prevent data loss, always be sure to close all active applications before shutting down the drive. Windows 1. Find and double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system taskbar (typically located on the bottom right corner of your desktop). 2. Select the appropriate device from the list and click "Stop". Click "OK" to confirm your selection of the drive to be disconnected. 3. You may hear the drive power down, means the drive is shut down properly and you may disconnect the drive safely.
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