USBIDE.txt Driver File Contents (

Shining Technology USBIDE USB to IDE Adapter Information

	This document contains information pertaining to installation and use 
of your USBIDE USB to IDE Adapter under Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows 


	Before using your new USBIDE adapter, you must first install drivers 
for it using the Shining Technology AutoInstaller software provided on this 
CD-ROM.  The easiest procedure is to install drivers using the AutoInstaller 
BEFORE attaching your new hardware.  The AutoInstaller will automatically 
detect which operating system you are using, and install appropriate device 
drivers and system upgrades.  The AutoInstaller will also fix many system 
configuration problems, such as removing old or incompatible drivers for the 
	Using the AutoInstaller to install drivers for your new Shining 
Technology hardware is easy to do.  Simply insert the Shining CD into any CD 
drive, and the splash screen should appear.  From there, click on 
"Install/Uninstall Drivers" to begin the installation.  If the splash screen 
does not appear, simply double-click on the CD-ROM device within "My 
Computer" to start it.  On Windows NT and Windows 2000 systems, this should 
be done from an account that has "administrator" privileges, or the 
AutoInstaller be unable to install drivers.
	Select the "USBIDE" device from the list of supported devices, and 
click on "Next" to proceed.  Then click on "Install" to begin the 
installation process.  Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the 
installation.  Once the installation begins, the "spinning red dots" image 
indicates that installation is in progress.  Depending on your system's speed 
and other hardware, installation may take several minutes;  please be 
	Once the driver installation is completed, the AutoInstaller may ask 
you to reboot the computer, or authorize it to perform a necessary operating 
system upgrade.  Simply select "Reboot Now" or "Begin" to continue the 
process.  Once the AutoInstaller finishes, your system is ready to use your 
new device.
	Drivers can also be uninstalled using the AutoInstaller.  Once you have 
started the AutoInstaller and selected your hardware device, simply choose 
"Uninstall" to remove the drivers from your system.  The uninstallation 
process tries to restores your system to the state it had before driver 
installation, to the extent possible, including deletion of both files and 
registry entries.


	Using your new USBIDE adapter is simple.  Just use the following list 
of steps to connect your device to the computer:

	1) The USBIDE adapter will support one or two IDE and/or ATAPI devices.  
	   Make sure that the "master/slave" jumpers of the devices are set 
	   correctly, according to the manufacture's directions.  Generally, if 
	   you wish to use two devices, make sure that one is configured to be 
	   a "master" and one a "slave".  When using a single device, typically 
	   the device should be set to be "neutral", if this is an option;  
	   otherwise, select the "master" configuration.
	2) Connect the IDE cable between the IDE and/or ATAPI device(s) you 
	   wish to use and the USBIDE adapter.  Make sure that this cable is in 
	   good condition, and is properly connected.
	3) Connect a power adapter to each device, and plug them in.
	4) Last, insert the USB plug into a compatible computer port to begin 

The first time your hardware is used in a particular port on the computer, 
additional installation messages may appear;  please wait for these to 
disappear before attempting to use the device.  Windows 2000 and Windows Me 
may ask you to certify that you wish to use the Shining drivers for this 
device, or report that a reboot is necessary;  simply click on "OK" to 


	Devices connected via a USBIDE adapter can be used just like any other 
device.  For hard drives, CD-ROM, and other disk-based storage devices, 
existing partitions on the media will appear within My Computer, and may be 
used like standard storage partitions.  We recommend using the Shining 
Technology Utilities (also provided on this CD-ROM) for partitioning and 
formatting tasks;  see the accompanying documentation for addition 
information.  CD-R and CD-RW devices are not compatible with the USBIDE 

	There are certain minor limitations when using some devices;  these are 
outlined below.

	LS-120 devices will appear in "My Computer" with a floppy icon.  
However, these devices otherwise work normally.
	ZIP drives that are ATAPI-based will work with the USBIDE adapter; 
other ZIP devices will not.


	It is very important that you DO NOT DISCONNECT THE DEVICE OR THE 
SHINING ADAPTER WHILE THE DEVICE IS IN USE!  Data loss could occur in such 
circumstances.  Also, for some devices, powering down the device while 
leaving media in the drive may cause damage to the drive or media.  Please 
eject all removable media from a device before disconnecting the adapter or 
shutting off the computer.
	The correct method for disconnecting the USBIDE adapter depends on the 
operating system your are using:

	Windows 2000:  These systems provide a "remove device" icon within the 
	   Task Bar (usually located in the lower right corner of the 
	   screen).  This can be used to ask the system to stop the device;  
	   consult your operating system Help for further details.
	Windows 98, Windows Me:  The operating system provides no convenient 
	   method to stop the device.  Please make sure that no programs are 
	   using the device, and that any removable media has been ejected, 
	   and then simply detach the Shining adapter from the system.


	If your are having difficulties with your USBIDE adapter, please try 
the following suggestions:

	1) Make sure you have run the Shining AutoInstaller to install drivers 
	   for the device, as described in the "DRIVER INSTALLATION" section.
	2) Make sure you have attached the device to the computer correctly, as 
	3) Try reinstalling the drivers, using the same procedure as that 
	   described in the "DRIVER INSTALLATION" section.
	4) Visit, to look for updated drivers for your Shining 
	5) Technically sophisticated users may find the Frequently Asked 
	   Questions list, located on this CD-ROM with path 
	   \drivers\USBIDE\usbidefaq.txt helpful in addressing specific issues.

If your are unable to resolve your problem on your own, additional 
information and technical support can be obtained at

Shining Technology can also be reached via mail, telephone, and fax:

	Mail:	SHINING Technology, Inc.
		10533 Progress Way, #C
		Cypress, CA 90630

	Phone:	(714) 761-9598
	Fax:	(714) 761-9624
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How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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