How to Install Motherboard Drivers on a Second Hard Drive

The motherboard is the main circuit board of the computer, where the most important internal parts are attached. These include the CPU, BIOS, memory chips, mass storage interfaces, sound card and LAN card, serial and parallel ports, expansion slots, and all the controllers required to control standard peripheral devices, such as the keyboard, display screen, and disk drive . All of these important components have drivers so that they can communicate with the computer. Drivers acts like a translator between the components and programs that use the components. Each component or device has its own set of specialized commands that is known to its driver only. While in contrast, most programs access devices by using generic commands. Thus the programs send generic commands to the drivers which are translated into specialized commands for the device.

As motherboard regulates all activities of your computer by allowing each portion of the machine to communicate through its built-in circuitry that is drivers, you can very well guess how important it is for the functionality of your computer.

If you have an operating system on your second hard drive and it is not automatically detecting the drivers for your motherboard, or if you want to reinstall the drivers on your computer as a troubleshooting method, the best option for you is to download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website and manually install them on your computer. To install drivers to your second hard drive, you should install the drivers with an operating system, and you must be able to boot from the drive.

Now it’s time to see how you can install motherboard drivers on a second hard drive. For this you need to follow the instructions given below.

Step1:

First, you need to download the motherboard drivers. To do this, visit your computer manufacturer’s website. From the home page, you can go to the “Drivers and Download” page. Type your computer’s model number and press search button to see the list of drivers available for your model.

Step2:

From the list of operating systems, select the one installed on your second hard drive and download the listed motherboard drivers to an empty folder on your second hard drive.

Step3:

Restart your computer and before the OS loading screen appears, access your BIOS setup utility by pressing the key displayed on the PC’s start-up screen.

Step4:

Now reconfigure your BIOS settings so that your computer’s boot priority is set to the second hard drive. If you have no idea how to change the BIOS settings, contact your motherboard’s manufacturer, or check your PC’s documentation.

Step5:

Go to the folder where you installed the motherboard’s drivers after your OS loads. Uncompress zip files if there are any by using WinRAR or WinZIP.

Step6:

Install the drivers on your computer by double-clicking each executable file one by one. Not all at once, as this could make your system unstable.

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