How to Update IDE Drivers

By Dulce Dretti

The IDE controller and drivers can assist your computer with connecting to and using hardware devices such as hard drives. Occasionally, you may need to update an IDE driver if you notice the malfunction of IDE-related hardware. The malfunction of the hardware may cause your computer to produce an error on your screen. Using Device Manager, which is located in your MS Windows 7 Control Panel, you can easily upgrade your IDE controller drivers.

Step 1

Go to your IDE device manufacturer's website and search the website for the updated IDE driver that you want to download. Select the driver, browse to location where you want to save it and click "Save." For example, you can save the driver to your computer's desktop.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" button and open the "Control Panel."

Step 3

Select "Hardware and Sound" and click "Device Manager." The Device Manager window will open.

Step 4

Look for "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers." Click on the plus sign in front of the line "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers." This will expand the selection.

Step 5

Double-click on the IDE controller that you want to update.

Step 6

Select the "Drivers" tab. Click on the "Update Driver" button and select "Browse My Computer for The Driver Software."

Step 7

Click "Browse" to navigate to the location of the updated driver that you downloaded in Step One.

Step 8

Select "Next." Once the driver has been confirmed, click "Finish" to complete the process.

Step 9

Restart your computer for the update to complete.